Irecently had the chance to talk with Dr. Todd C. Wood of Core Academy ( coresci.org) about why Creation sci- ence is such an important subject for
kids today. You may have seen Dr. Wood
recently in his interview featured in the
documentary Is Genesis History? (www.
isgenesishistory.com/) by Dr. Del Tackett
of “The Truth Project.” Dr. Wood is the
founder and president of Core Academy
and currently also serves as the president of
Creation Biology Society.
TOS: Could you tell us a little about why
you started Core Academy?
Dr. Wood: I spent thirteen years as a researcher and college professor, and I taught
an annual course on Creationism along
with other science courses. As I interacted
with students, I found a serious confusion
about exactly what science is and what it
can do. For some, science is an unquestionable body of truth. For others, it was just
speculation. Neither of those extremes was
realistic, and in my view, it leads us into
really defective ways of relating science
and faith. Some Christians want us to accept evolution completely and modify our
theology accordingly. Others want us to
reject anything that contradicts our opinions about the Bible, as if our opinions of
Scripture are as infallible as Scripture itself.
These attitudes are setting young people up
for disillusionment with the faith, and that
doesn’t need to happen.
At Core Academy, we promote a much
more realistic view of science as a tool for
exploring and understanding God’s creation.
We also recognize our own human fallibili-ties and limitations, and we encourage people to approach science with humility and
grace. Science is wonderful, but it isn’t going
to save humanity. Only Jesus can do that.
TOS: What does Core Academy offer students and families?
Dr. Wood: Through Schoolhouse
Teachers.com, we offer standard video
curriculum for earth science, advanced
chemistry, and now biology. These courses combine the basic material of each
subject with our own commentary on how
these sciences interact with our Christian
faith. Through our own ministry, we organize a student/teacher Creation retreat
every year in the spring. This small gathering is a great opportunity for students
to have personal time with scientists
working in Creationist research. We’re
also developing a new curriculum called
“Introduction to Science,” which is being
tested at two Christian high schools this
year. We’re talking to a publisher now,
and we hope to have that new textbook
available in the near future. Finally, we
work with college-aged students on a limited number of internships, which focus
on specific research projects for students
interested in a career in science.
TOS: Why do you feel equipping students
with a sound Biblical basis in science is
Dr. Wood: There are two main motivations for our work. First is the increasing
number of young people becoming disillusioned with Christianity and abandoning the faith. It’s not all the fault of science,
but the church’s relationship to science is
often mentioned by those who no longer
identify as Christian. Second, evangelical Christianity does have an unfortunate
disinterest in science, and in some circles,
Christians can be openly hostile toward
scientists. There are far fewer evangelical Christians among American scientists
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Creation Science Actively Developing the
Next Generation of
Creation Scientists by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Dr. Todd Wood
As science becomes
increasingly dominant in
our modern culture, this is
no time for Christians to