When To Introduce Your Kids To Evolution

A blog post on the BioLogos website last month explored the question, "When should you introduce your child to evolution?" Because the author presented evolutionary theory "as describing how God went about developing life," his overall answer to when to teach our children these things emphasized his high regard for this dogma. He asserted, "Evolutionary theory is certainly important and foundational and as Christian parents we want to expose our children to great science from a young age." The blog post referenced an NPR article written on this same question," though that article was primarily an endorsement of the children's book titled Grandmother Fish: A Child's First Book of Evolution. In contrast to the perspective of BioLogos, which at least appeals to God, the NPR article upheld evolutionary theory as the appropriate corrective to the unsophisticated notion that God created the Earth and its inhabitants:

We all know by now that more than 40 percent of Americans say that God created human beings in our present form in the last 10,000 years. That is, 4 in 10 Americans reject the knowledge that anchors our scientific understanding of the world and all its creatures. That dismal situation cries out for big efforts in science education.

But both of these views misrepresent evolutionary ideas as science and even make these ideas a prerequisite to performing any scientific enterprise. Evolutionary ideas seek to explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of all it contains according to natural processes occurring over a long time. The term evolution can refer simply to change over time, which we can observe in nature today. But when the term evolution is used to describe the origins of all living things from a common ancestor, we are now speaking of something that we can neither observe, test, nor repeat in the present world. We regard the evolutionary viewpoint as an erroneous, humanistic worldview that contradicts the testimony of Scripture and that misconstrues observable science.

A seemingly innocuous rebuttal to a biblical creation viewpoint suggests, "Couldn't God have used evolution?' But as Ken Ham says, "It's not a matter of what God could have done, but what He said He did!" For example, the record of Genesis presents an order of events quite at odds with the process asserted by evolutionary ideas. Also the millions of years of death necessary for the evolution of life directly denies God's warning that death came as a punishment for Adam’s sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12–17; 1 Corinthians 15:21–22). Evolutionary ideas do not harmonize with biblical creation and undermine the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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