The issue of creation and evolution tends to be a “hot button” topic for evangelical Christians, making it a challenge to have a civil exchange. Journal articles tend to slant strongly to one side or the other. Thus, it was refreshing to read Tim Stafford’s article A Tale of Two Scientists: What Really Happened ‘In the Beginning’, here in Christianity Today (July/August 2012). He interviews young earther Todd Wood, and evolutionist Darrel Falk. Both of these scientists have made career sacrifices to follow their convictions. Wood opted out of major university research to join a small conservative college in order to pursue young earth creationism, working with Kurt Wise to try to provide an alternative model to standard science. Falk left a tenure track position at Syracuse University to work at Nazarene colleges. After writing a manuscript (which later morphed into the instant classic Coming to Peace With Science) reconciling biblical Christianity with modern science, he was accused of deliberately destroying young people’s faith and faced dismissal. James Dobson was brought in to adjudicate, and was swayed in Falk’s favor by reading the (anonymous) essays written by his students on how their biology classes impacted their faith.
In this article, the reporter let these two scientists tell their respective stories fairly, and with approximately equal coverage. In today’s polarized climate, that is no small achievement. Bravo to Stafford and Christianity Today.