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MSU grapples with Creationism & Evolution

Oct 31, 2014

A controversial conference promoting creationism takes place at Michigan State University tomorrow.

Darwin vs the Bible on the Michigan State University campus
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Oklahoma-based Christian group behind the conference says university students should not be taught solely the Theory of Evolution.

Mike Smith is the founder of the Creation Summit. He insists the goal is not to ban the teaching of evolution, only to make room for a biblical view of the origins of life on Earth.

“It would be good if the students could hear from both sides and draw their own conclusions,” says Smith.

MSU has been criticized by faculty members and others for allowing the conference to take place on campus.  

University officials defend the decision.

MSU also issued a press release this week promoting a new software package designed to teach children how evolution works.

A university spokesman insists the timing is just a coincidence.