This is an excellent paper, moreover, a much needed paper. Not only does it give a concise introduction to the main issues regarding the science of evolution, it also offers a balanced, non-conflictual perspective on the relation between science and religion. Just one quote:
“All science is non-theistic, by which is meant that it does not entail or require any concept of a god or other super- natural being or force. In fact, science is completely inde- pendent of any ideas about gods or other supernatural beliefs. But science is not anti-theistic: it does not deny such beings or forces, any more than it accepts them (or leprechauns or unicorns), because these things are not within the purview of science. “
Thanks to @thebandb for posting this on his blog!
Via @dylanwilliam I found this useful checklist of common misconceptions about evolution in both popular media and school textbooks. You can read and download the paper here. This is the kind of paper that should be written and shared more often giving teachers a fast update from science on their topic.
Abstract of the paper:
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