In the Trenches - April 2018
Perspectives on Science and Religion
Volume 8, Number 2
In This Issue
- Letter from the Editor - Margaret Crowder, Western Kentucky University
- Responding to Young Earth Creationism - Stephen O. Moshier, Wheaton College
- Teaching About Evolution in a Creationist Environment - Mark Bloom, Dallas Baptist University
- Inside Kentucky's Young Earth Creationism "Museums" - Daniel J. Phelps, Kentucky Paleontological Society
- Insight: Critical Thinking in a Religion Class - Scott Strednak Singer, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
- ONLINE EXTRA: Perspective: A Selection from "The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change" - Don Haas, Paleontological Research Institution and Museum of the Earth
- ONLINE EXTRA: Responding to Young Earth Creationism: Additional Resources to Explore - Stephen O. Moshier, Wheaton College
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"If religion can no longer dictate the nature of factual conclusions properly under the magisterium of science, then scientists cannot claim higher insight into moral truth from any superior knowledge of the world's empirical constitution. This mutual humility has important practical consequences in a world of such diverse passions..." —Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould on "Nonoverlapping Magesteria," available online here.
Letter from the Editor: Perspectives on Science and Religion
Margaret Crowder, Western Kentucky University
Responding to Young Earth Creationism
Stephen O. Moshier, Wheaton College
Teaching About Evolution in a Creationist Environment
Mark Bloom, Dallas Baptist University
Inside Kentucky's Young Earth Creationism "Museums"
Daniel J. Phelps, Kentucky Paleontological Society
- A technical documentation of the more than a mile of sedimentary rocks beneath the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky
Insight: Critical Thinking in a Religion Class
Scott Strednak Singer, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
ONLINE EXTRA: Perspective: A selection from "The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change"
Don Duggan-Haas, Paleontological Research Institution and Museum of the Earth
- Fire and Brimstone and Fort McMurray: Considering the Implications of Apocalyptic Rhetoric in Climate Communication, a presentation by Don Duggan-Haas
- Learn more about the crowdfunding campaign to sendThe Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change to every science teacher in the country
ONLINE EXTRA: Responding to Young Earth Creationism: Additional Resources to Explore
Stephen O. Moshier, Wheaton College
Addressing Science and Religion»
Ideas, discussion points, and activities to help students discover for themselves that viewing the world through naturalistic glasses can be useful, even if they don't think that's the only useful perspective.
Teaching Activity: Science and Religion»
Evolution is a fundamental theory of modern geosciences and life sciences, yet it is one of the most controversial issues within science education. The origins of the controversy have both historical and philosophical roots. In this teaching activity, students examine dominant and alternative perspectives on what science is, what religion is, and the existence and location of boundaries between these disciplines.
Paper Assignment: Evolution vs. Creationism»
In this paper assignment, developed by Katherine Bulinski of Bellarmine University, students critically evaluate one aspect of the Evolution vs. Creationism debate.
Teaching Activity: Scientific Debate and the Nature of Certainty»
In this teaching activity, part of the collection of InTeGrate Teaching Materials, students learn about the nature of scientific knowledge. Before class, students read a popular science account of a 'controversy' in climate science. In class, the instructor describes the process of peer-review and scientific debate, and leads a conversation about how this is similar to and different from other kinds of knowledge. This may lead into further discussion of climate impacts and climate projections, but that is not included here. Students had an option to write their final paper about climate change and scientific knowledge.
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