Smithsonian will open evolution hall and engage in dialogue with religion
An effort to bridge the gap
Nov 17, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will open a new permanent exhibit on the “discovery and understanding of human origins” in March and convene a panel of experts in an effort to bridge the gap between religion and science.
With input from more than 50 scientific and educational organizations and 70 distinguished scientists and educators, the museum launched a Broader Social Impacts Committee to address the interaction between religion and science.
“There’s a long history of very dynamic interaction between religious ideas and the introduction of Darwin in America,” said Jim Miller, cochair of the committee.
According to Miller, who is also an official with the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, the evolution exhibit is “a scientific exhibit, so it’s not there to make a religious point.”