How can evolution be compatible with faith?

The theory of evolution is a cornerstone of several entire branches of science, and has fueled the discovery of countless medical treatments. Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence, many people believe that the theory conflicts with their belief system.

Evolution & Faith

The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program has facilitated many conversations between scientists and members of faith communities around the topic of evolution. While we support the theory of biological evolution, we are strong proponents of engaging with people of faith in whatever space they may come from.  AAAS DoSER is proud to have hosted many conversations that led to mutual understanding and positive engagement on difficult scientific topics.

While the history of Christianity’s engagement with the theory of evolution has many difficult periods, the majority of Christians in the United States agree that their faith is compatible with the scientific consensus on evolution. Much of the disagreement seems to arise when some people claim that you must be an atheist to believe in evolution, an argument which AAAS DoSER does not agree with!

In our resource center, you will find a large amount number of videos, syllabi, and articles on engagement with evolution from a variety of religious traditions. These include several videos in our “Science: The Wide Angle” film series, such as “Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life,” “Tiktaalik: Evidence of Evolutionary Change,” “To Be Human: Genetics, Origins, and Identity,” and “What Makes Evolution a Theory?

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Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life
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Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life

In this film, Drs. Sean Carroll, Jeff Hardin, and Neil Shubin explore key ideas about the process of natural selection…

Finally, we have several resources for scientists and science communicators, who should always be mindful of the religious audiences when giving talks on evolution for a general audience! And be sure to read some of the new profiles of scientists engaging faith communities in difficult conversation, such as Nalini Nadkarni, Rick Potts, and Pamela Payne-Foster!

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Tiktaalik: Evidence of Evolutionary Change
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Tiktaalik: Evidence of Evolutionary Change

In this intriguing film, Dr. Neil Shubin discusses the discovery of a fossil that seems to bring together life in…

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What Makes Evolution a Theory?

In this intriguing short film, Dr. Jeff Hardin discusses key ideas relating to the definition of scientific theory and what…

Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life
  • Video
  • 8:24

Biological Evolution and the Kinship of All Life

In this film, Drs. Sean Carroll, Jeff Hardin, and Neil Shubin explore key ideas about the process of natural selection…

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