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John Glenn Evolution: Former Astronaut Believes in God and Science

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:42 AM

John Glenn may believe in God but the 93-year-old former astronaut told The Associated Press this week that evolution and scientific discovery should be taught in schools.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962, but also worked as a U.S. senator, ran for the presidency, flew combat planes in two wars, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to the AP.

“To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible,” Glenn said 17 years ago in a news conference from space, but he also expressed he does not see a contradiction in evolution and his Presbyterian faith.

“I don't see that I'm any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that's a fact,” Glenn told the AP. “It doesn't mean it's less wondrous and it doesn't mean that there can't be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”

National Center for Science Education programs and policy director Josh Rosenau told The Christian Post he is not surprised by Glenn’s comments.

“There are a lot of different theological thoughts on evolution, a whole range of different theologians support the teaching of evolution,” Rosenau said.

Rosenau told the CP that evolution has promoted advances in technology.

“In someone's garage is probably that next generation of innovation,” he said. “I'd rather these advances be in the United States, and education in evolution promotes that.”

Answers in Genesis astronomer Danny Faulkner, who opposes evolution, told the CP students should hear both sides of the issues and develop “critical thinking skills.”

“I get the impression that in public schools that everything is on the table but one thing,” he said. “They don't allow teachers to broach the subject of criticism of evolution and a belief in God.”

Center for Science and Culture research coordinator Casey Luskin said that there are a variety of perspectives on evolution.

“Some definitions of evolution are completely compatible with a belief in God and others aren't,” Luskin said. “That is a key aspect of evolution we need to remember.”

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