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Kids need creation account to counter evolution in schools, teacher says


RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–Scientific evidence increasingly suggests the world was created by design rather than by evolution or some cosmic accident, said teacher and author Twila Dry.

Church leaders thus should help children learn about God as the creator of the world to counter teachings of evolution that may dominate school science classes, she noted.

Dry was speaking to children’s workers attending a conference during discipleship and family week, July 1-7, at Ridgecrest (N.C.), a LifeWay Conference Center.

She is coauthor with Charles Colson of “Creation vs. Evolution: The Real Story,” a course for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders released in May by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. The undated course is part of a new series, “FUNdamentals: Building Blocks for Young Believers.” Two courses on current issues, Bible studies and missions will be released each quarter and remain available for several years, enabling churches to design discipleship curriculum to meet the needs of their children.

Dry also is head of the science department at Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin, Tenn.

In addition to learning the biblical story of creation and scientific evidence backing it up, Dry said Creation vs. Evolution helps children learn some of the flaws of the theory of evolution and to think critically about what they read and hear.

“The Bible is the only book that claims to be the inspired Word of God,” she said. “If I accept that, then I can believe whatever the Bible says.”

She urged parents to study their children’s science textbooks and challenge children to analyze content for truth.

As children learn more about the biblical story of creation, “they can feel confident in affirming we are creatures of design and not change,” Dry said. They also need to learn that many scientists believe in God as creator and cope with conflicting information that may come from school, the media and church.

“Children may encounter teachers and others who may make fun of them for their beliefs,” Dry said.

Through games, monologues, visuals and other methods, she said children learn and apply the scientific process to the issue of creation.

“Children need to be challenged to compare science with the Bible,” Dry said. “We’re not only supposed to know God because of what the Bible says. We ought to see God in everything.”

In another FUNdamentals course, “Web Wise,” slated for release in August, children in first through sixth grades can learn about the Internet at church and take home worksheets to use with their parents at the computer at home.

“We want to help children make wise choices on the Internet,” said Darlene Parrish, promotions editor in LifeWay’s discipleship and family youth/children/preschool department. “God has a plan for us to communicate with one another and this is another way to do that.”

However, children also are urged not to spend all their time at the computer.

“Too many hours spent at the computer is not a good stewardship of the time God has given them,” Parish said.

Children are introduced to nine rules of Internet etiquette, Netiquette, as part of Web Wise. They include:

— Always use the Internet with your parents’ permission and supervision.

— Remember that you are talking to a person, not a computer.

— Respect other people’s privacy. “No one should ask for your first and last name and you shouldn’t either.”

— Respect other people’s time.

— Talk online only to people you know.

— Share only truthful information.

— Don’t fight with other people online.

— Be patient with anyone learning to use the Internet.

— Forgive mistakes other people make on the Internet.

Larry Dry, manager of the children/preschool discipleship and family section, said the undated courses are designed to help children live godly lives before others, learn with a love for God’s Word and grow into the next generation of believers.

Other courses available by this fall include “Live It Out! A Study of the Book of James” and “Secret Mission 001,” a study about missions in Germany.

LifeWay’s discipleship and family group sponsored the weeklong conference.
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