SRSP 16-19 Topic 4 Unit 1c – Evolution and Creation

 

This unit seeks to give students and teachers an understanding of evolutionary theory, both in its early forms and more modern versions. It will also cover various reactions of Christians to creation and evolution; Young-Earth Creationism (literalism), Progressive Creationism and Theistic Evolution/Evolutionary Creationalism. The students will consider the main issues and beliefs attached to different viewpoints:

Naturalistic Evolution: Evolution explains our origins [covers stellar, chemical & organic] and is claimed to remove the need for God.

Theistic Evolution: It is possible to believe both in evolution and that God created the world.

Young-Earth Creationism: Belief in a God who created the world is claimed to rule out belief in evolution.

The students will also examine the Scopes Monkey Trial as an important case study of the kind of debate that has taken place over issues concerning creation and evolution.

This unit consists of 6 lessons and is suitable for students aged from 16 to 19 years

 

Key Questions

  • Does evolutionary theory give us a total explanation to the mystery of our existence?
  • Is it possible to believe in both evolution and creation?
  • Has the development of the theory of evolution got rid of the need for God?
  • Does either the theory of evolution or the concept of creation suggest answers to the problem of the existence of evil?
  • Could the process of natural selection have been put in place by a loving God?

Some of the materials can be viewed on screen and some can be downloaded for editing or printing. To view the pdf files you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. See the about section for more details.

Unit Resources

Unit Overview (Word)

Link to Arthur Peacocke video [Need to be online]

 

Lesson 1

Lesson Plan: What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1 Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1[LA] Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2 Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2[LA] Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3 Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3[LA] Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4 Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4[LA] Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

 

Lesson 2

Lesson Plan: Evolution debate (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1 Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1[LA] Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2 Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2[LA] Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3 Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3[LA] Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4 Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4[LA] Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

 

Lesson 3

Lesson Plan: Naturalistic and Theistic Evolution; Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1 Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1[LA]Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2 Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2[LA] Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3 Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3[LA] Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4 Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4[LA] Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

 

Lesson 4

Lesson Plan: Evolution and Creation, compatible? (Word)

 

Lesson 5

Lesson Plan: Evolution and creationism – The Scopes Trial (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3 Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3[LA] Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4 Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4[LA] Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

 

Lesson 6

Link to Arthur Peacocke video [Need to be online]

Lesson Plan: The Monkey trial (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1 Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 1[LA] Background – What is Evolution? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2 Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 2[LA] Background – Modern Evolutionary Theory (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3 Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 3[LA] Background – Evolution and Creationism (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4 Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4[LA] Background – Can Evolution and Creation be compatible? (Word)

Student Resource Sheet: Monkey Trial (Word)

© 2011 FaradaySchools