... help me here...
You see evolution as compatible with Christianity, but not if you believe what the Bible says?
I've always thought that the Bible was the basis of Christianity.
Is there another basis I missed in my thought process?
"You see evolution as compatible with Christianity, but not if you believe what the Bible says?"
First, tell me what the Bible says.
99.99999% of it was prepared after a suitible period of thought and analysis by men who sought God.
If you want a hard and fast rule book handed down directly by God to Man, then you ought to spend your time with the Koran and not the Bible.
Ok, what secret decoder ring do you use to determine allegory from textbook-style facts? I am not bashing the Bible - but it is not that simple.
Actually, Christ is the basis for Christianity. I can't recall whether it was Fr. John Romanides or Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos who provided the lapidary phrase, "Christianity is a way of life based on a Person, not an ideology based on a text."
Wierd notions like 'Biblical inerrancy' only arose when protestants, generations removed from any organic connection with that way of life, tried to reconstruct the Faith using only the Church's principle books as their starting point. Nothing like the "Biblical Christian" attitude toward Scripture can be found in any of the Ante-Nicean Fathers, nor in the writings of the Cappadocians Fathers, nor St. Athanasius (all contemporaries with the fixing of the Christian canon).