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Dr. Curt Stager and Elder Hans Hollis
Dr. Curt Stager and Elder Hans Hollis

Debating evolution and creationism in the Adirondacks

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The debate over evolution and creationism is one of the most passionate and divisive in American society. Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection is taught in public schools and most universities as scientific fact. The vast majority of biologists are convinced that living creatures evolved over hundreds of millions of years. But surveys regularly find that most Americans believe otherwise. They're convinced that God somehow shaped human development. The tension between science and faith often sparks fierce arguments, fueling protests and lawsuits. But at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks, a scientist and a Christian church elder have translated their disagreement into a long-running collaboration and a deep friendship. Brian Mann tells their story.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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