Friday, April 2, 2010

Adler Planetarium

Yesterday, DH and I took some of the kids from my SS class--the ones who had won a contest last fall--to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (minus one, plus the little sister who went by default of both parents going) . It was a lovely day and we had a wonderful time. We were only able to explore two exhibits, but we purchased a membership and will definitely go back.

We saw two of the shows: the Night Sky in the dome (good) and the 3D Vision: Imagining the Universe (eh). Because we do not believe in the theory of Evolution, it frustrates my children (and me) when it is assumed to be true. Consequently, when the narrator asked if we believed what he had just told us (about the Big Bang) was true, J said "No" in quite a loud voice. He then went on to say that it was true, but they were still "awaiting confirmation". Awaiting confirmation is another name for faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." When you don't have confirmation, according to the scientific method, all you have is a hypothesis, not fact. I do not have a problem with the theory of Evolution. I have a problem when the theory is treated as fact and all other theories are ignored. If someone believed in Evolution, but could acknowledge that it took faith to do so, I could walk side by side with them without hesitation.
I pray that discussing multiple theories with my children will allow them to make an informed choice, rather than simply standing by the only option most children are ever taught.