• One durable theory of human origins

Looking over the comments that follow my Monday Bleader post on the teaching of evolution and creationism in Tennessee, I see some readers objecting to the idea that creationism be taught as a science.

I hope the earlier post isn’t giving the impression that I think it should be. What I wrote, putting my thoughts into the mouth of the governor of Tennessee, was, “I want every graduate of the public schools of Tennessee to understand the theory of evolution and why people believe in it and the theory of creationism and why people believe in it. Science and faith are the twin foundations of America and our kids deserve to be as thoroughly grounded in both as their country is.”

In other words, if science and faith can give such extremely different answers to fundamental questions, we cheat children if we don’t explain to them the wellsprings of those answers. I doubt if my last post would have occurred to me if I hadn’t just read a review of the new book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God, by T.M. Luhrmann, a psychological anthropologist.