I am creating (well, more like finalizing at this point) a glossary to go along with the Integrate curriculum project we have been developing for the last few years to introduce high school students to various topics in the science/faith arena from a Christian perspective that accepts mainstream scientific consensus.
If you teach classes, write articles or blog posts, or frequently engage in science faith conversations with people, can you think of any terms or concepts that come up that you think people are particularly prone to either
- be unfamiliar with or unclear on?
- have unfortunate misunderstandings of because of their exposure to ID, YEC, anti-evolution material?
- find controversial because of their lack of understanding or lack of acceptance of mainstream science?
- consider important when discussing philosophical, theological or ethical implications of scientific facts?
To check and see what I may have left out, I would appreciate any brainstorming people would like to do for terms or concepts related to the topics covered by the units, especially if they are words that might not come up in a standard intro to biology textbook:
Science and Faith Foundations (origins positions of various groups, big questions in the science/faith discussion)
Ways of knowing
Science as a Christian Vocation
Seeing God in Creation
Cells and Design
The Bible and Origins
The Fossil Record (includes counters to Flood Geology)
Biodiversity and Conservation
Humans and the Rest of Creation (so, human uniqueness and common descent)
The Human Body (embryonic development, brain science, disease/disorders)