With this caveat in mind, then, teachers are encouraged to use the continuum exercise to educate students away from an erroneous dichotomous view of the relationship of creationism to evolution.
Figure 1 presents a continuum of religious views with creationism at one end and evolution at the other.
The most extreme views are, of course, at the ends of the continuum.
1) and walk students through each of the stages, describing each one.
It is also possible to dress it up with powerpoint, illustrations, etc.
This assumption all too often leads to the unfortunate conclusion that because creationists are believers in God, that evolutionists must be atheists.
The true situation is much more complicated: creationism comes in many forms, and not all of them reject evolution.Perhaps creationists hold that some sort of Hopeful Monster of a different species can pop up within the baramin, which is of course impossible; if it were, evolution would progress much faster than it has been doing. Only very rarely are animals of different species able to produce fertile offspring. Let us remind the creationist of another law of physics: constant exponential radioactive decay.Besides, in admitting that genotype can naturally change enough to produce the variation seen within the baramins, they are admitting the truth of the entire corner-stone of evolution. Creationists have had to claim that radioactive decay sped up at certain periods in order to worm out of claims that radioactive dating proves an old earth.It would be unethical as well as illegal to tell students that any particular position on the continuum is religiously superior to another.However, it is not unethical nor illegal to distinguish between fact claims made by holders of certain views on the continuum (such as Young-Earth Creationist views of a 6,000 year old Earth) and the standard scientific consensus on such views (in this case, that the Earth is billions of years old).It is highly desirable to move people away from this inaccurate dichotomy.A simple classroom exercise, the Creationism/Evolution Continuum, has been used successfully by middle and high school teachers as well as university professors to illustrate the many intermediate positions between the extremes.One should not appeal to the eternal uniformity of laws of physics when one has accepted the necessity for said laws to be non-uniform from time to time.:: Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heavan, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.I believe that the physical creation is gradually wearing out.It can be scaled up or down in detail, depending on the educational level of the students and the time available to the teacher or professor.What is critical, however, is that any teacher using this exercise in a public school be acutely aware that the purpose of the lesson is to illustrate to students the factual error of the dichotomy they (probably) came to class with.