The Adventist Review Reports on "Educate Truth" and La Sierra University


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UPDATE: See La Sierra University's response to this article here.

The Adventist Review reports:

. . .beneath that calm exterior, contention is brewing over how La Sierra, owned by the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presents its students with information on how the Earth, and life on the planet, came into existence. The stark question being asked by some alumni, parents, and church leaders: Is the Adventist Church’s fundamental belief—“God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity”—what is being taught, or are some of La Sierra’s biology instructors presenting evolution as the explanation of origins?

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Seventh-day Adventists across North America are appropriately concerned that students at Adventist colleges and universities emerge from higher education with a strong confidence in the Genesis account of origins,” says Larry Blackmer, director of education for the North American Division. “This issue is larger than any one campus in our system, and goes to the heart of what it means to operate an academically-credible and faith-based school. Parents and alumni have the right to expect our schools and educators to teach the standards and philosophies of the Adventist Church. But we must also remember that the discussion itself should be conducted with Christian civility and a respect for fairness in all that’s said or written.

Read the whole article here.

UPDATE: See La Sierra University's response to this article here.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/2277