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A believing science teacher? I’d like to see one of these in its native habitat. Granted, this blog isn’t active anymore, and these posts are a bit old, but I find these tiny snippets tantalizing, and I’d love to see more. I am so fascinated by people who study and work in professions that lend themselves to the rational and critical mind and find those studies uplifting to their faith.

I teach evolution as a theory-because it is.  I believe in creationism, yet I do think that organisms have changed over time, but not to the extent that every living thing on this planet evolved from one single-celled organism.

…But so many times I feel like teaching is a great way to be Gods hands and Feet–and to love and make a difference in so many peoples lives…So as I thought more about it, I realized that perhaps it is better for my students to hear about Evolution from a Christian–(even though I do not tell them about my beliefs) than someone who is a strong advocate for Evolution.  I always say prayers.  All the time for my students, my school, and the things that I teach…So hopefully I’m doing the right thing–even if it is a little contradictory.

And another:

There are those moments in life, when you experience or see something that just touches your heart, to the point where you think, “This is one of those things-where it seems impossible to me that anyone in this world couldn’t believe in God.”

What brought this thought to my mind today is my current Biology unit. Protein syntheis. … I know this sounds like gibberish, but the real fascination is that these [DNA and mRNA] molecules are living–something is pushing them to keep going every day. They’re so tiny. We don’t even think of them, but they keep growing, replicating, and changing. The only explanation I can find for this phenomenon is God. He is what keeps us living, and going, and at a molecular level, our proteins synthesizing.

Isn’t it interesting how our perspectives and conclusions can differ so drastically?

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6 thoughts on “Insight into a Christian Biology Teacher”

Henway · April 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I know a few biology students who also believe in Christianity as well… it’s not a field that’s 100% dominated by atheists… It’s always interesting to hear them when the conversation on how they reconcile science with religion comes up. It’s like they have to try extra hard.

Pseudonym · April 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ken Miller is also a Christian biology teacher, albeit at the tertiary level. Oh, and don’t forget probably the most famous Christian biology teacher of all time, John Scopes.

Remember, evolution is sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church, and that’s leaving aside Eastern Orthodoxy, Anglicanism (and its offshoots, such as Methodism) and Lutheranism. The overwhelming majority of Christians in the world are adherents to a denomination which officially agrees with evolution.

Or, to put it another way, cdesign proponentsism is mostly a US-style Evangelical Protestant heresy.

Harold · April 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

I went to public high school in an area mostly populated with Christians of various types. Our biology teacher belonged to one of the smaller denominations, one that doesn’t believe in evolution. (We found out about his beliefs in an informal discussion at the end of class one day.) The textbook taught that evolution existed and he did not cast aspersions on it. Looking back, I respect him for not injecting his beliefs into the lesson, even if he did so just out of concern for his job.

Xtine · April 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I have an uncle who teaches Biology – and is a creationist – though I think he trended toward old-earth creationism – and very into apologetics. I still don’t quite understand how a science teacher can pull off creationism. It requires a lot of mental acrobats from what I recall. I don’t know to what degree he incorporated creationism into the classroom, but I learned about it from him. Like Henway mentions – you do have to try extra hard. It’s super nice when you can quit pushing square pegs into round holes.

ChristopherTK · April 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I would call into question the integrity of anyone willing to teach a subject matter that they do not accept.

Seems like the action is nothing more then lying to grab a paycheck.

Ruthanne Lauhoff · August 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

I am a Christian, a creationist, and a highschool biology teacher who happened on this site while searching for syllabus ideas.
By definition, a God is non-natural, that is transcendent. If such a Being exists, it would be illogical to deny It the ability to create and interfere at will with Its creation. It would be even more illogical to claim that a finite being can definitively rule out the existence of an infinite through finite observation.

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