If you were ever wondering what the slogan “Teach the Controversy” really means, Patrick Henry College explains it for us:
Creation: Any biology, Bible, or other courses at PHC dealing with creation will
teach creation from the understanding of Scripture that God’s creative work,
as described in Genesis 1:1-31, was completed in six twenty-four hour days. All
faculty for such courses will be chosen on the basis of their personal adherence
to this view. PHC expects its faculty in these courses, as in all courses, to expose
students to alternate theories and the data, if any, which support those theories.
In this context, PHC in particular expects its biology faculty to provide a full
exposition of the claims of the theory of Darwinian evolution, intelligent design,
and other major theories while, in the end, teach creation as both biblically true
and as the best fit to observed data.
See, you are supposed to teach students these alternative theories, but in the end, you must conclude that Biblical literalism is correct. Teach the evidence, but ignore it so that you arrive at the theologically ‘correct’ answer.
Most interestingly, they are also advertising for new faculty in biology.
We are seeking a faculty member to teach Biology courses as part of a classical Christian core curriculum.
Candidates should be evangelical Christians, able to subscribe to the College’s Biblical Foundations Statement. They should hold an earned doctorate in an appropriate field (Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, or cognate fields), including training to appropriately teach lab courses. Rank is open and depends upon credentials and experience.
Patrick Henry College boasts high academic standards, exceptional students, and a rigorous 75-credit core curriculum.
The University of Minnesota Morris may* be looking to hire a new biologist or two in the next few years, too. I don’t think we’ll be fishing in the same candidate pool, though; we’re going to be looking in the clean, pure waters for well-trained biologists; PHC seems to be dropping their hook and worm somewhere downstream of the sewer outflow from the bible colleges.
*We will need to hire new faculty, but the vagaries of the university administration will determine whether we get to do so and when. Don’t stop your job search while breathlessly awaiting the announcements from UMM; don’t sink so low as to take the job at PHC, either.