What an insult to the YOUNG ADULT learners at Olivet Nazarene University.
The administration does not think that FRESHMAN-IN-COLLEGE ADULTS should even be exposed to a biology class taught by an evolutionist.
What a pathetic excuse for an “education.”
And how patronizing of the minds of the students who go there.
Inside Higher Education today gives the rundown on a biology professor coming under fire for admitting that, yes, he accepts the theory of evolution.
The dispute at Olivet Nazarene involves Richard Colling, who has spent the last 28 years teaching there, attracting fans among students and colleagues for his beginning and advanced biology courses. He was popular with administrators, too, until he wrote a book in 2004 in which he attempted to argue that one could simultaneously believe in God and evolution. The book, Random Designer, states that one can believe that God created the universe, and in so doing created the systems that would evolve into everything that exists today. Colling acknowledges that it is not possible to believe in evolution and to also believe literally in the Bible story of the creation of the world in six days, but argues that this need not diminish the moral force of the Bible or belief in God.
As a biologist, Colling said that he thinks there is simply no argument that rebuts evolution, and that the evidence is overwhelming. He was inspired to write the book in part by teaching religious students who felt that they had to either follow a path of secular science or of belief in their faith. Colling writes that this choice isn’t necessary. Colling is hardly the only person to believe in God but not the literal truth of the Bible.
But that concept hasn’t gone over well at Olivet Nazarene. There, the official Statement of Faith outlines truth in this way: “The Old Testament and the New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.”
After Colling’s book appeared, some conservative Nazarene churches told university officials that he should be fired. At first, university leaders defended Colling — and he has praised them for doing so. But as the opposition increased, Olivet Nazarene barred him from teaching the general biology course, and barred anyone at the college from teaching from his book. Colling, who has tenure, continues to teach, but only small upper division courses that don’t involve his book.
Are we really in the 21st century?
Is it the mission of a university to guard students from exposure to contemporary scholarship—scientific or otherwise?
What kind of “degree” will the students have earned under such conditions?