La Sierra's board of trustees last week unanimously voted to endorse Adventist beliefs that the world was created in six 24-hour days and said the teaching of evolution must be "within the context of the Adventist belief regarding creation."A scientifically rigorous affirmation of religious belief does not exist. Science (evolution, biology, astronomy, physics, geology) is incompatible with the Biblical account of a six day creation.
The board also proposed that all 15 North American Adventist universities develop a curriculum that includes a "scientifically rigorous affirmation" of Adventist creation beliefs.
The Seventh-day Adventist church is among the denominations that specifically state that creation occurred in six literal days, and that the world was created several thousand years ago, not billions of years ago.As if things weren't bad enough already, this is not going far enough for 6,300 people who have signed a petition "expressing concern that evolution is presented as fact at La Sierra and other Seventh-day Adventist universities."
Shane Hilde, the Beaumont man spearheading the petition drive, said he will be satisfied only when Adventist creation beliefs are presented as the preferred world view in classes in which evolution is discussed.Biology is science, but discussing religious theories (I'm being generous) along with evolutionary biology will undermine that standing at La Sierra. Mantra: Discuss only science in science classes. Say it! It's shouldn't be so hard to understand. I know it is, demonstratively it is, but it should not be so.
In the meantime, don't go to La Sierra, because it is a parody of a university; they simply haven't understood what higher learning is supposed to be all about. Also, their biology graduates will be ill-equipped for a range of career-choices involving biology.
Ironically (ignorantly), they don't have a problem with administering H1N1 flu vaccines to their students. The reason a new vaccine is needed is because the virus evolves.