For once I get to combine Science Sunday with my traditional "hot topics" Sunday. It all started during our traditional “one last question before saying Good Night” time.
- Anna: Mama, how did animals come to Earth?
- Me (looking at the animal atlas book next to her bed): Do you mean how did they come to different parts of Earth?
- Anna: No, how did they first come to Earth?
- Me: It’s a very good question, but the answer is rather long. You see, people have different opinions about it. Some people who study animals think that all of them and even humans started very-very-very long time ago as seeds of life called single cells and very-very-very slowly changed into what we see today. This is called evolution. Now, some other people who believe that everything written in the big book called The Bible is true, say that God created all animals and even humans in just six days. What do you think?
- Anna (sleepily): I am too tired to think about it now. I’ll think about it tomorrow (totally channeling Scarlett O’Hara here).
Returning to science and hot topics, I do believe in teaching both sides of hot issues. I would like to see religion classes in public schools, but as part of social studies curriculum, not part of science curriculum. I also believe that teaching both sides should start early. I heard many Christian friends of mine saying, “Oh, of course, we will tell our children about evolution, but only when they really absorbed the lessons of the Bible”. I would rather my daughter to know both sides and guide her to what I want her to choose. I want her to find her own God, but to be a critical thinker that can distinguish between faith and science, between miracle of God and human interpretations of God. And I also hope that she can merge both in her own way on her way to maturity.
For less controversial science topics, visit Science Sunday at Adventures of Mommydom.