One critique of Sonlight's Science programs I see every now and again is that we carry books that mention evolution.
Never mind those pages aren't always scheduled. Ignore the fact that we include notes to help you work through this content with your children. Forget that we are Christian company dedicated to missions and spreading the good news of Christ to those who haven't yet had an opportunity to hear of Him. All that doesn't matter. What matters is that in a few titles here and there the idea of an old earth rears its head.
The idea that that idea is what gets people hung up confuses me. But even more important: Ignoring the topic (and content) of "evolution" is dangerous... to you and your children.
Just last night I got a call from a friend. "Luke, I just read an article that presents some really compelling evidence for why a global Flood isn't possible. Have you read anything about that? How should we even think about this?"
Unfortunately for my friend, I'm not as well versed in that particular field of study. But I've encountered enough to give a few tidbits here and there. We talked about evidence, interpretation, Old Earth Creationism, Theistic Evolution, misrepresentation, inerrancy, Young Earth responses, apologetics, science, definitions, and more. The thing that reverberated through my skull was that this was the first my friend had heard of these ideas.
Look, there's always going to be something that takes you completely off guard. So it doesn't make sense to keep your head in the sand about a topic that is going to come up. Far better to talk through topics with your kids. Bring up the opposing sides and discuss what you believe and why. Educate. Don't indoctrinate. When you are familiar with the arguments against Christianity, new arguments aren't as disorienting. We take them in stride and take them to Christ and His Word. We consider. We pray. And we seek to learn more.
And for that, I'm glad Sonlight carries Science titles that aren't just written by Young Earth Creationists. There's far more to learn!
As always, however, we must pick our battles. But, if you're interested in learning more, check out an article my dad wrote years ago: Young- and Old-Earth Creationists: Can We Even Talk Together?
Anything shocking/disorienting come across your path recently? Did you discuss it with your kids?
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