Education Article

Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 641-660

First online:

Scientific Authority in the Creation–Evolution Debates

  • Finn R. PondAffiliated withWhitworth University Email author 
  • , Jean L. PondAffiliated withWhitworth University

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At the heart of debates among creationists and evolutionists are questions about scientific integrity and rigor. Creationists often justify their rejection of biological evolution by claiming that the methodologies and interpretations of evolutionary scientists are flawed. A consideration of creationists’ critiques of the scientific data, however, reveals a deficient understanding and appreciation of the nature of the scientific process. It is essential that our schools educate students about the character of scientific inquiry. Clarifying the nature and limitation of scientific knowledge for our students will equip our students to evaluate evolutionary or creationist arguments critically. Recognizing and teaching both the strengths and limitations of the scientific process will do much to further the ongoing dialogue between science and religion.


Evolution Creation Scientific method Intelligent design Methodological naturalism