Encouraging Unity in the Body of Christ: Framing Science Discussions While Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly


by
Allison Jackson June 28, 2015


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015

ABSTRACT:

Christians may disagree about the details of ‘how’ and ‘when,’ but for our discussions we agree on this foundational doctrine: 1) Encourage a respectful discussion within the body of Christ and with those outside Christianity 2) Recognize that both strict naturalists who dismiss supernaturalism and strict adherents to certain secondary doctrines within Christianity can squelch dialogue through dogmatism and unkindness 3) Both ‘sides’ should take responsibility by refraining from demeaning other viewpoints 4) Acknowledge the tension that arises when our understanding of science and our understanding of faith seem to be in conflict 5) Suggest that our confusion may stem from either an incomplete view of Scripture or an incomplete view of science 6) Encourage students to pray for wisdom, seek the Scriptures, and dialogue with other believers, especially their parents.


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Classroom Community Discussion Leadership Parents Science Strategies


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Allison Jackson
"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made from what was visible," (Hebrews 11:3). I am honored to be a part of the Regents community as a School of Logic science teacher! I love middle school students, I'm passionate about the wonders of the natural world, and I am ever so grateful for the discipleship-centered approach of classical, Christian education. As a pre-med biology major I earned a biology degree and a chemistry minor from the University of North Texas and worked in labs on and off campus. I felt called to teaching, and my career began in public high school, where I taught high school pre-AP Biology. Since then I have taught and developed curriculum in a variety of settings, including summer science camps for grammar and middle school students where we raised butterflies and learned kitchen sink chemistry. I have tutored students and parents in a weekly class day for classical home schoolers and helped to found a classical, Christian private school near San Antonio, Texas. When I'm not teaching or working in our new School of Logic garden, you might find me cheering at my sons’ baseball games or outside catching lizards.

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