tenets of their faith in light of new scientific knowledge and understanding about the natural world. Religious traditions change over time, said Bertka, and science needs to engage with this change. “There’s no magic bullet here.”

Carol Aschenbrener from the Association of American Medical Colleges stated that educators need to help parents see why it is important for their children to understand evolution. “There have to be some concrete and very pragmatic examples of why it’s in their best interest and in their children’s best interest to understand that.” She said that she was the product of a parochial education, yet she studied evolution every single year after the fourth grade. “It was not a contradiction. It was an important part of understanding the complexity of creation.”

As Ida Chow from the Society for Developmental Biology and a member of the organizing committee said, “The majority of the people in the country are reasonable. They just don’t understand. Here is the opportunity for us to talk to them in a non-threatening way and explain what evolution is and make it relevant to their lives.… It is not an easy task, but I think we can all do it if we put our hearts and minds to it.”



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