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Faculty of La Sierra U. Backs Biology Dept. Against Creationist Critics

The Faculty Senate of La Sierra University, a Seventh Day Adventist institution in Riverside, Calif., has overwhelmingly approved a resolution supporting the university’s biology department in the face of criticism of its teaching of evolution. The resolution characterizes the department’s teaching as a matter of academic freedom, according to Adventist Today, a church publication. The Board of Trustees of La Sierra, which has come under fire from alumni for contradicting the church’s creationist beliefs, plans to discuss this month how evolution is taught there. It has asked the Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities to establish a panel of Adventist college presidents and science faculty members to develop a curriculum that affirms creationism in a “scientifically rigorous” manner.

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