Re: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 13:20:14 EDT

It seems to me that there would be an excellent opportunity here for the ASA to make a significant contribution - if we can shake free of the notion that we need to give YECs equal time.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Douglas Hayworth
  To: AmericanScientificAffiliation
  Sent: Friday, April 11, 2008 12:58 PM
  Subject: Fwd: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

  On 4/9/08, Dennis Venema <> wrote:

    Perhaps it is time for a high school biology text with sound science from a
    Christian perspective? Has this issue been discussed here previously? Or do
    resources exist that I do not know about?

  Hi Dennis,

  As a homeschooling father (and a PhD in evolutionary biology), I have thought about the textbook issue quite a bit myself. When I have attempted to start a discussion about it on this list, the response has not been very helpful. However, this disappointing response is not the result of the list contributors. I think it simply reflects the lack of good resources in this area.

  At the college level, I think the solution is easy. Just choose the best available textbook for the subject (i.e., secular) and supplement with the Haarsma book and aside-discussions of incidences where the textbook author makes statements that belie philosophical naturalism. In my experience, such occurences are very rare in college-level textbooks about core science subjects including life sciences.

  It is the junior high and highschool levels that present the real problem. I have not been able to find any such materials. As far as I've found, all Christian and homeschooling curricula are YEC on some level. I have resorted to using regular (secular) textbooks, but the problem there for the homeschooler is that answer keys and teaching aids are not readily available to the public. That's not a big problem for me (other than the additional time required), since I am qualified to grade things myself without teacher's resources, but it would be a show-stopper for any non-scientist parent.

  I've been invited to contribute to a blog about this issue next month, so I'll try to complete more specifics then.

  Doug Hayworth
  Rockford, IL


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