The Board passed two resolutions. The first one was a “Statement of Support for the Adventist View of Creation” specifically fundamental belief # 6. This is the resolution that is intended to speak to the context and commitment to teaching of the Adventist belief in creation on campus. This resolution is being implemented.
The second resolution speaks to the Church’s expectation that “students receive a thorough, balanced, and scientifically rigorous exposure to and affirmation of our historic belief in a literal, recent six-day creation” as set out in the General Conference’s response to the “Affirmation of Creation” that was issued after the 2004 “Faith and Science” Conference. This resolution calls for an effort by the Adventist Church, its colleges and universities and the Geo-Science Research Institute to develop curriculum in the earth and life sciences that will meet the stated expectation of the General Conference on every campus. This resolution calls for curriculum development. It does not call for a new study of the fundamental belief #6.
The implementation of the first resolution does not depend on the fulfillment of the second. The two resolutions are complimentary, but independent.
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