My husband has recently made it clear to me that he is opposed to evolution in general and specifically offended by the ideas of a single-cell origin and humans being descended from earlier primate forms (i.e., “we didn’t come from monkeys”). I had him read “The Language of God” awhile back and though he seemed to like it at the time, he now says he found it unconvincing. He read “Origin of the Species” (which I actually have not read) as a teenager and now says he found it unconvincing. I am the stay-at-home parent and thus responsible for the bulk of homeschooling. I told him I am really reluctant to handicap my children for further studies or careers in science in higher education and beyond by teaching them that evolution is “only a theory” and “probably not true”.
I really want to respect my husband and his wishes. We came to a stalemate with the argument last night and he said “well, they’re not old enough to be learning about it anyway” (our oldest is 7). I have touched on evolution with them before, however, and we have talked about how it’s fascinating how God created. Although I by no means understand or am able to reconcile everything about evolution with my faith in God, generally the ideas that we all descended from a single cell and have more primitive primate ancestors do not trouble me. In fact, I find it fascinating that God would create that way instead of “poofing” things into existence. I don’t consider belief or a lack of belief in evolution a “make it or break it” issue when it comes to faith in God and Jesus Christ as our savior, and I’m not sure my husband does, either, but these discussions between us tend to get very heated. I’m not sure what to do. When I ask him how he believes creation occurred if he is opposed to evolution, he doesn’t seem to have much to say, just that “common sense” tells him that evolution is not true.
I am really troubled by this issue and torn between wanting to respect my husband and feeling strongly about the evidence for evolution. I have and am continuing to pray about it, but does anyone have any specific suggestions on how to deal with this? @Homeschool_Forum