The tectonic plates that underlie the culture wars continue to move. The movement is slow. It can be measured in inches. But it can set off earthquakes. Rachel Held Evans reports that at the International Forum on Higher Education of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities held in Atlanta recently, “the hot topic of the week was teaching evolution in Christian colleges. Francis Collins, author of The Language of God and founder of the BioLogos Foundation, spoke at the conference, urging professors and administrators to beware of placing students in the position of having to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith.”
Evans supports a change in policy such that the teaching of both macro and micro evolution would be part of the standard biology curriculum at colleges and universities where that is not yet the case. But I don’t think such a change is sufficient. It will also be necessary to teach the history of science such that it is clear that evolutionary biologists, not to mention social engineers and politicians, have sometimes drawn all kinds of unjustifiable conclusions from evolution as it relates to metaphysics, social policy, psychology, and so on. It needs to be shown that anti-evolutionists, however clumsily, have stood up for truth that is far more important than the relatively ho-hum question of the mechanics of the process of creation. This needs to be shown at avowedly secular colleges and universities throughout the world. There is work to do across the board.