The following are quotations taken from “Creating Controversy” by Jack Stripling. Emphsis added.
“Bradley says heâ€™s felt no pressure to change anything about his course, and says bluntly that he doesnâ€™t plan to turn his class into a theological seminar, or to present evolutionary theory only to then dismantle it for students. While heâ€™s fine with helping students work through struggles of faith, Bradley says he wonâ€™t undercut decades of peer reviewed scientific research in the interest of religious consistency.”
“‘I am not OK with getting up in a science course and saying most science is bullshit,’ he said.”
“‘Itâ€™s very, very clear that what Iâ€™m skeptical of is the absolute necessity of believing that the only way a creator God could do things is by speaking them into existence a few thousand years ago,’ Bradley added. ‘Thatâ€™s where my skepticism lies. Thatâ€™s the religious philosophical basis for what I call the lunatic fringe. They do not represent the majority position in the Church, and yes Iâ€™m skeptical of that. But I want to say to kids itâ€™s OK for you to believe that, but itâ€™s not OK for you to be ignorant of the scientific data thatâ€™s out there.'”
Source: Inside Higher Ed
By Jack Stripling
Ever a thorny issue, the teaching of evolutionary biology at a small Christian university in California has sparked debate on the campus and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Now-public e-mails between a recent La Sierra University graduate and his biology professors provide a firsthand glimpse of a debate no doubt playing out at many colleges, where students of faith struggle to reconcile their beliefs with scientific theories on the origins of humanity. Unlike so many such academic discussions, however, the private interchange between Carlos Cerna and his professors has moved beyond the campus walls — thanks to the Internet — and generated a review within the church about the appropriateness of evolutionary studies for Seventh-day Adventists, a Christian denomination that embraces the six-day creation story outlined in the Book of Genesis. (Full Article)