SBI3U - Unit 1: Evolution


Unit Project - Changing Environments, Changing Species

Objectives

Ministry of Education
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of evolution, the evidence that supports it, and some of the mechanisms by which it occurs.
  • Investigate evolutionary processes, and analyse scientific evidence that supports the theory of evolution.
  • Analyse the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of an artificial selection technology, and evaluate the impact of environmental changes on natural selection and endangered species.

Additional Objectives
  • Recognize the importance of a creation story in forming one's worldview
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different ways in which Christians approach the question of origins

Content

This unit is designed to give students a deep understanding of the Theory of Evolution - its history, evidence used to support the theory, mechanisms of evolution, and its influence in Biology.


Keep In Mind


This topic is potentially a contentious one. It's important to keep in mind that a person's position on origins is NOT a salvation issue. We are free to disagree as brothers and sisters in Christ on this topic with respect for those with whom we disagree.

As Christians, we can all affirm the Doctrine of Creation: that God is the Creator and Sustainer of all that is, seen and unseen. We may disagree on how God created, but not that He did. It is also good to keep in mind that the creation always points us to the Creator.


Links and Books


Greater minds than mine (hard to believe, I know) have been writing about the relationship between faith and science, the interpretation of scripture, the interpretation of scientific evidence, and the impact of Darwinism for many decades. Here are some links to the webpages of some of the major contributors in these areas.


I should also point out that the school library has some good books on the issue:
  • The Galileo Connection: Resolving Conflicts Between Science & The Bible, by Charles Hummel (call no. 509.032 HUM)
  • The Creationists: The evolution of scientific creationism, by Ronald Numbers (call no. 575.0162 NUM)
  • Darwin's Black Box : The Biochemical Challenge To Evolution, by Micheal Behe (call no. 575 BEH)
  • Evolution and Christian faith, by Bolton Davidheiser (call no. 575.0162 DAV)
  • The Fourth Day: What The Bible And The Heavens Are Telling Us About The Creation, by Howard Van Till (575.0162 VAN)
  • others: search "evolution" in the subject area of the RCHS Library (link works only from school computers)