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Evolution, a 7-part series produced by Boston PBS station WGBH in partnership with Seattle’s Clear Blue Skies Productions, is an excellent introduction to the science of evolution and to many of its implications. The central question explored in the final episode, entitled “What about God?”, is whether evolution and religion are compatible. But for many people of faith, that will be the main question at the back of their minds as they watch the entire series.
There are as many perspectives on the creation-evolution issue as there are disciplines and denominations. Religious Studies and its sub-disciplines (e.g. history, biblical studies, ethics) raise a host of fascinating questions relevant to the discussion of science and religion, and to the teaching of evolution. For example, how are we to read creation stories from the many cultures of the world? How should we read different accounts of universal floods? What is the literary history of the Hebrew bible and its many different books?
Science uses specialized terms that have different meanings than everyday usage. These definitions correspond to the way scientists typically use these terms in the context of their work. Note, especially, that the meaning of “theory” in science is different than the meaning of “theory” in everyday conversation.
by Eugenie C. ScottMany — if not most — Americans think of the creation and evolution controversy as a dichotomy with "creationists" on one side, and "evolutionists" on the other. This assumption all too often leads to the unfortunate conclusion that because creationists are believers in God, that evolutionists must be atheists. The true situation is much more complicated: creationism comes in many forms, and not all of them reject evolution.