This is a debate that has gone on for quite some time in our culture; in some ways ever since Charles Darwin wrote ‘On the Origin of Species’. There question of which side is ‘right’ is a tricky one and not a topic that I’m interested in giving you my opinion on. Parents sometimes get annoyed when they think I’ve been teaching one side or the other too heavily. What you want isn’t my opinion anyway. What good would my opinion do you? What you need to do is to start making up your own mind on the questions of evolution and creation. It may take you a while (some people justifiably take their whole lives to answer questions like this) but you’re going to have to begin deciding for yourself what you think.
So to kick-start that decision process I’m going to let/make you do some research. There are plenty of websites and books out there with views about creation and evolution. Some of them straightforward some very complicated.
To begin you need to find at least one argument for creationism (God created the earth and everything in it) and one for evolution. You may find a lot more than one argument as you search. Many of these arguments can be complex; pick two that you at least mostly understand.
Try to read each source with an open mind. Try not to come to any conclusions until you’ve finished reading arguments for both sides. You probably already have an opinion about this debate but try to give each argument a fair read.
Lastly answer the questions below.
Answer these questions as completely as possible and keeping in mind the material presented by the sources you found. Use examples and references to the source material or other sources to answer the questions. Feel free to look up terms, definitions, or events via Google or Wikipedia if you need to. Each of these questions (except #1) is worthy of a good sized paragraph for an answer.
You may post your answers as a reply to this blog or write it out and give me a hard copy. Either way, make sure to include your name.
If you are going to post a reply write it in MSWord first so you can save a copy. After you’re done paste the text into a comment for the blog.
- Post a link or write the web address for your sources.
- What is the tone of the sources? Does the writer or speaker seem to be just giving the facts, are they angry or frustrated, excitable or frantic, are they patiently explaining all the details or are they just giving a quick overview?
- What questions come up when you read these sources? Is there anything else you think it is important to ask about the debate over the age of the earth?
- Is there room for compromise in this debate? Is there some kind of middle ground?
- Why do you think this question about the age of the earth is so important to people on both sides of the debate?
Interesting Links – These are optional, but do a good job explaining some confusing aspects of evolution.
Get a set of headphones from the box by the door so you can hear these.
Put them back when you’re done.
Evolution – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhHOjC4oxh8
Natural Selection – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SCjhI86grU