Evangelicalism vs. Theory of Evolution in the Southeastern United States Trying to overcome conflict through science literacy and dialogue

Amanda L. Glaze, Georgia Southern University

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The Southeastern United States offers a unique perspective on the intersections of science and culture, with the region distinguished by a strong cultural undercurrent linked to literalist evangelical belief systems, considered to be in conflict with scientific knowledge. These cultural foundations not only influence personal choices, but also pervade social structures and educational policies. The teaching and learning of the theory of evolution is one of the areas where these intersections are most evident. Understanding the dynamics at work in this area provides a framework for dialogue, in order to overcome conflict and bring out constructive and beneficial discourse and actions for all.