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Lessons in design

Students in the Insectorium at the Creation Museum (Handout)


Lessons in design

Organizations offer non-Darwinian education for young science students 

When Darwinist propaganda dominates academia and media, how can Christian students develop countercultural convictions and, like Günter Bechly, the courage to defend them?

Several organizations promoting alternatives to Darwin also offer educational alternatives. The Discovery Institute, which emphasizes intelligent design and doesn’t say how long it took, has Education Days: Some 312 students and educators attended one in Seattle last year, and this year’s schedule includes Richmond and Dallas.

Answers in Genesis (AiG) provides Bible-based programs that range from daily workshops and lectures at its Creation Museum in northern Kentucky to student homeschool programs and monthly high-school science labs. It also hosts Explore Days, daylong, hands-on programs for students in grades four through 12.

Another young-earth group, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), hosts conferences across the country in which ICR scientists provide interactive tours, games, and lessons geared toward helping children see the evidence of Biblical truth and God’s creation in nature.

Reasons to Believe, which holds to an old-earth view of creation, provides a yearlong, self-paced homeschool curriculum, including video and audio lectures geared toward high-school students. It also offers a unit study for upper elementary students based on Psalm 104 (King David’s meditation on Genesis 1) and a YouTube series titled Through the Lens.



This summer AiG will offer multiday camps that provide a week of interactive science investigation, and the Creation Museum will offer its first three-day Explore Forensics camp, focusing on how the personal qualities of each individual point to the Biblical Creator. Meanwhile, ICR will open in Dallas a Discovery Center for Science and Earth History: It will feature a planetarium and interactive exhibits that begin with the creation account in Genesis and end with the return of Jesus.

For homeschooled high-school students, AiG holds a yearlong lab practicum in biology, chemistry, physics, and forensic science. Creation Ministries International offers books, workbooks, and study guides. Students at the Discovery Institute’s program last year in Seattle were mostly homeschooled or from private schools. They enjoyed interacting directly with scientists, and some were surprised to learn that not all intelligent design scientists are Christians: They are simply following the science where it leads.

The 18 students from Providence Classical Christian School at last year’s Discovery Institute program had a mix of reactions. Trynn Haney, 15, came away understanding more about the intelligent design argument as applied to genetics: Disturbing one gene disturbs the whole system, leading to more detrimental effects than good. Olivia Hatcher, 17, appreciated having irreducible complexity—one of intelligent design’s underpinning arguments—clearly explained. But Dane Kowalick, 18, would have liked hearing counterarguments from the evolutionary perspective.


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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Mon, 02/25/2019 09:27 am

    It is good to hear of the various options to learn the rest of the story as it were. One issue that does come to mind was noted in the last sentence, "Dane Kowalick, 18, would have liked hearing counterarguments from the evolutionary perspective." I could see how someone would say that we are bombarded with a one sided perspective regarding Darwininan evolutionary theory from everywhere. Though this is true I think the temptation to assume that the student already knows what evolutionary theory states on various topics is short sighted. To hear the rebuttal, the ID perspective, without being reminded of what evolutionists would say is to not complete the circle with this excellent and noble effort. I do realize that these one day symposia or student programs only allow so much time to cover what is deemed important. But, students need to hear both sides othewise they will not really fully understand the topic and worse yet when an ardent evolutionist rebuts the ID perspective what will they say in answer?


  • JC
    Posted: Mon, 02/25/2019 06:12 pm

    The Reasons to Believe website is very much an evolution based organization and does not support the historicity of the book of genesis including that they don't believe in a historic Adam and Eve.   This makes Christ's death for sin unnecessary and thus is a significant problem.  I dont agree wtih recommending this site as a source for understanding Biblical Creation.  

  • Erwin Klingenberg
    Posted: Thu, 05/30/2019 08:00 pm

    This isn't  accurate. The following quote is from  the reasons to believe website

    "We believe God created mankind in His image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities) to fellowship with Him and give Him glory. Human beings are therefore the crown of God's creation (possessing inherent dignity and moral worth), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own autonomous way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God, the image of God in man distorted, and the sinful nature passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind's pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ."

    You may have Reasons to Believe confused with the Biologos website