Shepherding and Strength: Teaching Evolution in American Christian Schools

  • Lee MeadowsEmail author


Evolution is often a difficult topic to teach, and issues of faith can make it even more difficult for students and their teachers. Many faith-based schools in the U.S. face a cultural disapproval of the learning of evolution, particularly from the churches their students attend. What would the teaching of evolution look like if teachers in faith-based schools targeted the teaching of evolution and the nurturing of their students’ faith? This chapter reports interviews with 12 teachers who have determined to do both. They teach evolution as accepted science, and they actively shepherd their students through difficult issues arising at the nexus of faith and science. These teachers show how a pastoral approach in the science classroom can successfully intertwine the teaching of evolution with the care of children’s souls.


Biology Creationist Creator Darwin Evolution Evolutionist Genesis Hermeneutics Intelligent design Origins Parents Science Scripture Worldview Young Earth Young Earth creationism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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