Christian homeschool science textbooks have long taught young earth creationism (YEC) almost exclusively. But observers say a growing number of parents want texts that also teach evolution.
"Homeschooling has broadened so much, and now includes many Christian groups who have never adopted [YEC]," said homeschool pioneer Susan Wise Bauer, a history professor at Virginia's College of William and Mary. "Also, there are a lot of younger evangelicals who have come to a different way of understanding Genesis, while still holding [on to their] evangelical roots.
This is good news. Although the magazine historically has not supported EC/TE, that they are tackling it at all is worth taking notice of. Like the historical Adam issue, this will only increase in visibility within the Christian community. The lock that YEC has on home schooling must be broken if there is to be any progress in this area.Numbers on the trend are hard to pin down. Still, BioLogos president Deborah Haarsma says that it's "fairly common" for homeschooling families to request materials from her organization, which promotes theistic evolution. Some of these parents still believe in a young earth, says program director Kathryn Applegate, but they want their children exposed to different perspectives.
What remains to be seen is if some of these curricula that address evolution do it honestly. I already know that Abecka does not. There is evidence that BJ does not either. Still, this is a movement in the right direction away from the YEC gnostic perspective.
This magazine has come a long way from their anti-evolution diatribes of the 1990s. I got fed up with it and canceled my subscription right around then and have not picked it up since. I might have to.