A Special Word about Evangelical Day Schools
school movement has dedicated itself to integrating the Christian faith with
our understanding of the 3 Rs, including our understanding of the natural
world through the eyes of science. Children fortunate enough to be enrolled in
these day schools are blessed with a thorough integration of Bible reading,
prayer, and worship right along with all other learning. Such children grow up
with a single worldview where all important things are oriented toward God.
teachers and administrators plan for the future of these children, they know
these children need to be well prepared. They need to have been exposed to the
best science. Nothing less than the best science is morally permissible in such
a school setting.
It may cause a
moment of disorientation, then, for evangelical educators to hear our emphasis
on the teaching of the Darwinian model of evolution. This is because the
Christian Day School tradition has inherited some of its commitments and its
support from fundamentalism and evangelicalism. The literature of Scientific
Creationism and Intelligent Design circulates within this milieu. This literature
appears to be consistent with the Christian Day School philosophy of overcoming
the obstructions placed by secularism in our public schools.
Be that as it
may, we plead with conscientious evangelical school teachers and administrators
to consider seriously what is at stake. Neither Scientific Creationism nor
Intelligent Design provides an understanding of the natural world that matches
that of standard evolutionary biology. Christians need to live in an academic
world where Darwins model of evolution is dominant, useful, fertile, and
necessary to progress up the education ladder.
Some of the
worlds leading scientists are evangelical Christians. Consider for example,
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., currently the director of the U.S. National
Center for Human Genome Research in Washington, DC. He
is virtually Mr. Gene in North America. Under no circumstances would this
model of Christian intellectualism surrender his scientific integrity to
accommodate either creationism or intelligent design substitutes for evolution.
This leads to
one final important point. Todays politically charged atmosphere leaves the
impression that to be a faithful Christian one must be anti-Darwin. This slips
easily into the impression that the Christian faith is anti-science. If our
young people inherit this point of view, it will be devastating for their
The study of
Gods creation through the microscope and the telescope is itself a divine
calling, a vocation. Every generation needs a select group of young people to
cultivate their natural curiosity in the direction of systematic research into
the workings of nature. The whole of society benefits from the few who give
their careers to science. We want faithful Christian professionals among this
select few. One task of our Christian Day Schools is to inspire and guide the
next generation of pioneers and discoverers.
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| Contributed by: Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters