How did we get here?

This is an introduction to how science and religion approach ultimate questions.  In this topic the students will be invited to consider whether science and religion exist in a conflicting or complimentary relationship.

Expectations

By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: have a basic knowledge of scriptural and scientific accounts of creation; be able to identify differences and similarities between creation accounts, suggesting whether there are any points of commonality or conflict; be able to discuss their own response to the question, reaction to religious and scientific views in their answer.

Most students will: be able to explain the difference between literal and liberal interpretations of scripture, and how this may affect how a believer regards scientific theory.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to consider how the community and culture in which a person is brought up may influence the manner in which they approach this question.

Key Assessments

Individuals will prepare an essay on the questions ‘How did we get here?’, following detailed guidelines set by their teacher.

How to help your child

Parents can direct students to good resources in the library or on the web when researching their essay. Here are some examples of useful weblinks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/darwin_charles.shtml

http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/darwin200/pages/index.php?page_id=j

http://www.faradayschools.com/

It is helpful for parents to take the time to debate the issue with their child so that they have plenty of perspectives to reflect upon in their final essay.

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