Christian teacher on NEWSHOUR

McCarrick, Allan (
Tue, 05 May 1998 08:48 EST

On 4/21 the PBS NEWSHOUR show featured a discussion of the Guide to
Teaching Evolution.

It can be found at

The speakers were

Donald Kennedy, head of the committee that wrote the guidelines, past
president of Stanford

Barbara Schultz, biology teacher (high school) in Seattle area

Terry Spohn, professor of biology at Liberty University (Fawell)

** Mark Witwer, head of science, DELAWARE COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

The discussion was relatively short, but basically Dr. Spohn took each
opportunity to be aggressive concerning
the motives of evolutionist and the lack of ANY evidence for any form of

Mark Witwer spoke very thoughtfully - clearly stating that he had
thoroughly read the booklet - and emphasizing
some concerns about using microevolutionary observations as proof for
marco changes. He hinted at the
unfortunate situation of it being ALL or NOTHING. Although he didn't
elaborate on various Christian views. He
brought up the philosophic differences in assuming NATURALISM, that
nature is all there is, rather than allowing
for the possibility that NATURALISM wouldn't be able to solve all

Dr. Kennedy clearly was appreciative of Mr. Witwer's attitude, and made
little reference to Dr. Spohn's.

The kind of dialogue that becomes possible when we are gracious in our
discussions will certainly further
the cause of Christ most effectively.

Al McCarrick
Christian Academy
Media, PA