So, it is that time of year again when I have my students write an essay on creation and evolution. The students are given four views of academics (Steven Pinker (atheistic evolution), Albert Mohler (Creationism), Michael Behe (Intelligent Design), and Francis Collins (theistic evolution)). The students are to pick the one with whom they most agree and the one with whom they most disagree and then engage in the scholars arguments. I find that some students are better at this than others. The one argument I tell the students not to use is "the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.". I am amazed at how many students still cling to that argument and that argument alone.
Here are my two cents. History has taught us that Christians only come off looking like idiots when they take a combative stance toward science and reason. When Galileo claimed that the earth revolved around the sun, he was labeled a heretic and forced to recant by the church. The church isn't looking so good on that one. Who now believes that the sun revolves around the earth?
Oh, wait! This just in, there is a conference coming up that will defend the church against Galileo and claim that the sun really does revolve around the earth! Presenting the Galileo was wrong conference (thanks to James McGrath for pointing this out on his blog Exploring our Matrix)