A Controversial Christian Guide for Teachers

Editor's Note: Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy, published last October by the American Scientific Affiliation of Ipswich, Mass., a "fellowship of Christians in the sciences," has been distributed to more than 50,000 high school biology teachers in the United States. According to the organization, the 48-page booklet "represents a broad middle ground respecting both science and religion" and "shows how to untangle legitimate religious questions from scientific questions so that origi

Juliana Texley
May 3, 1987
Editor's Note: Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy, published last October by the American Scientific Affiliation of Ipswich, Mass., a "fellowship of Christians in the sciences," has been distributed to more than 50,000 high school biology teachers in the United States. According to the organization, the 48-page booklet "represents a broad middle ground respecting both science and religion" and "shows how to untangle legitimate religious questions from scientific questions so that origins can be taught with both openness and scientific integrity."

According to many scientists, the 2,000-member group has created its own controversy by issuing a slick publication that appears balanced, but actually contains misleading, biased information. Articles calling attention to this have appeared in several publications and a group of practicing scientists in the relevant disciplines is preparing a reply to the booklet.

Juilana Texley, a high school biology teacher, and David Wake, a professor...