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Catalyzing Compatibility of Evolution and Christian Faith on Secular Campuses: Curricular Resources for Student Groups
Harvey Mudd College
Dr. David Vosburg
Christian students at secular colleges and universities often feel that their faith is in conflict with the findings of modern science, particularly evolution. Many then feel compelled to choose one and reject the other, or to settle for a diluted and uninspired faith. Neither of these options is ultimately helpful for the student, for the integrity of the Christian faith, for effective witness to non-believers, or for encouraging talented Christian students to pursue careers in science. These students need help, and they are not finding it. Their churches and campus ministers either perpetuate the message of conflict between faith and evolution or feel ill-equipped to tackle such an intimidating and controversial topic. Students need resources that affirm core Christian values, have a high view of biblical authority, give credence to evolutionary creationism without being forceful, are user-friendly, and are designed for group discussion. I propose to develop, field test, publish, and promote curricula that Christian student groups or churches could use to promote healthy dialogue on evolution and Christian faith. My aim is to catalyze productive and stimulating conversations, to convey that evolutionary creation can be compatible with Christian faith and can even enrich it. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders in the church and in science—they need to consider the message of compatibility in community and to be encouraged to seek God’s truth in the Bible and in creation.
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