Biologos’s Case for Evolution

According to Biologos.org, Christians should consider embracing evolution. Why?

Here’s what they say “In a Nutshell.”

English: Caricature of Charles Darwin from Van...
English: Caricature of Charles Darwin from Vanity Fair magazine. Caption read “Natural Selection”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See if you can list the reasons it would benefit the Church to accept evolution.

Because evolution is a challenging subject, many Christians are tempted to simply ignore or reject it.  Yet considering evolutionary creation has important benefits for Christians both in our relationship with the Creator, and with our relationships with other people—believers and non-Christians alike.  First, Christians should study evolution because (like all the natural sciences) it is the study of God’s creation.  Creation itself is a complementary revelation to what is communicated in the Scriptures, and through it God shows how and when he brought about life, to his honor and glory.  Studying the creation is also an invitation into a deeper understanding of the attributes and character of Father, Son and Spirit. Second, considering evolutionary creation aids the Church in its gospel mission, supporting young Christians in their faith, helping answer critics, and equipping us to engage effectively in the wider culture.  An anti-evolution attitude can harm Christian young people by presenting them with a false choice between pursuing science OR holding to faith.  Similarly, a hostile attitude towards evolution can hinder evangelism when seekers hear that they must reject science to follow Christ.  On the other hand, studying evolution as a God-ordained process helps Christians refute arguments that science encourages an atheistic worldview.  Furthermore, as the church engages front-page issues raised by the rapid growth in science, medicine, and technology, a Christ-centered voice in such areas as bioethics will be stronger if based on a thorough understanding of the natural sciences, including evolution.

http://biologos.org/questions/why-should-Christians-consider-evolutionary-creation

 

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Author: Scott

Follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, writer, mentor

5 thoughts on “Biologos’s Case for Evolution”

  1. I must say that I have read Dr. Collins’ book “The Language of God” and find it very interesting.

    1. Hi Charles, I would be interested in hearing more of your thoughts. Our purpose in the CCU class was to look at the logic behind this article from Biologos. The case for evolutionary creationism, to be believeable, would have to be based on more than the logic that says, “People will be open to our gospel message if we would embrace evolution.” Or logic tantamount to, “The intelligentsia will like us better if we accept their theory.”

      1. Hello my friend,

        I am sorry that I have not responded to you earlier. I believe that God the Father through Jesus the Son (Logos) could have used any theistic method to create the world. It could have been Progressive Creationism, Gap Theory, Theistic Evolution or Evolutionary Creation. I believe that Evolutionary Creation has God in a very active roll in the creation. Some forms of Theistic Evolution say that God created the laws of science that made our universe. Evolutionary Creation says that our Lord took an active part in every step. I do not accept allegory in the creation story in Genesis. To me, it is actual history. Did God create more people than Adam and Eve? Yes, I think so. That is how Cain founded a city and found his wife. One might could say that Adam and Eve are our Federal Representatives just as Christians can say that Abraham is our father even though he is the blood ancestors of the Hebrews. I hope my response makes sense. Christmas will be coming soon along with Thanksgiving. Mat God bless you and yours , Scott. Do I think that you must accept evolutionary creation to be a member of the intelligentsia? No. You are my brother in Christ even if you accept Young Earth Creation. It was nice to hear from you.

      2. Hi Charles, thanks for your response. Actually, what can be said about my belief is that I embrace Scripture. While I have no trouble with Creationism, I do have questions that I am not certain Creationist answer very well. However, I allow for there to be much knowledge that none of us have which may address all sides of the issues that arise. HOWEVER, I completely defend anyone who reads Scripture, takes it literally, but sees in the actual text other possibilities for its interpretation. I have a beef with Creationists who allow for their own interpretations of Scripture but not other interpretations arrived it through a proper hermeneutical approach. Blessings upon you and your family as well!

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