Skip to comments.Evolution Controversy Reignites Among Evangelical Christians
Posted on 07/04/2011 10:00:42 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
The debate among evangelical Christians over Darwin's theory of evolution has returned to front stage this summer with the publication of two separate cover stories on the issue by leading Christian magazines.
In its June cover story, Christianity Today reported on how Christian proponents of Darwin are challenging historic beliefs about Adam and Eve.
Now Christian news magazine World has announced that it will name two books critiquing "theistic evolution" as its "Books of the Year" in its upcoming July 2 issue. World called the evolution debate in churches and religious colleges "the biggest current battle both among Christians and between Christian and anti-Christian thought."
One of the two books honored by World is God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews Explore Darwin's Challenge to Faith (Discovery Institute Press, 2010).
The book's editor, Dr. Jay Richards, commented, "We wanted to clear away the fog and fuzzy-thinking on this issue. Our book makes clear that to the degree theistic evolution is theistic, it will not be fully Darwinian. And to the degree that it is Darwinian, it will fail fully to preserve traditional theism."
God and Evolution features essays by Protestant, Catholic and Jewish scholars critical of the growing effort by advocates of theistic evolution such as Francis Collins to persuade leaders of the faith community to change their theology without hearing from scientists who are skeptical of the claims of unguided Darwinian evolution.
"Over the past couple of years, Collins has convened large closed-door meetings of evangelical Christian leaders to convince them to embrace theistic evolution," said Dr. John West, who wrote the first two chapters of God and Evolution.
"These gatherings intentionally excluded any scientists who were critical of Darwin's theory of unguided evolution. Collins has said that he wants to foster dialogue on this issue, but excluding scholars who dissent from Darwin from the conversation is a recipe for monologue, not dialogue."
For more information visit www.faithandevolution.org
SOURCE Discovery Institute
Jesus did warn about wolves dressed in sheep's clothing preaching another gospel.
I’ll take God at His Word and leave Darwin to the dead.
It is entirely possible to believe in both Creation and Evolution at the same time.
I get irritated at the radicals on both sides of this issue.
God will laugh at all of you, when the time comes for you to learn the truth.
“It is entirely possible to believe in both Creation and Evolution at the same time.”
I don’t think so.
If it is radical to take God at his word, then, put me down as a radical.
You either believe the word of God, or your don’t.
Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all they work.
Verse 9 sets the absolute standard definition of 6 literal days in the framework which man shall understand a typical work day and work week, 24 hour day + 6 day work week. Anyone who denies this framework is clearly rejecting God's clear instruction. Verse 10 instructs us about the Sabbath day, a literal 24 hour day, not millions of years. If the Sabbath is clearly understood to be 24 hour day, why cannot the 6 days of the work week be understood.
Now in verse 11, Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day...
What! The LORD made everything in 6 literal days and clearly made a comparison between the 24 hour Sabbath and the other 6 literal work week days of verse 9. Only a fool would deny these clear verses.
Theistic evolution is a lie and work of the devil to deceive men who would deny the clear teachings of Exodus 20:9-11 and its accurate description of 6 literal 24 hour days of creation; not six millennium or any other evolutionary creation method.
Exodus 20:9-11 is simply an accurate commentary or exegesis on Genesis 1. Why do you think God put this exegesis here, I contend that with God's perfect understanding of man, He knew it was necessary to ward off men of future days who would deny the literal 6 days of creation. God knew that men would profess to be wise...and they become fools.
Read God’s Word in Exodus 20:9-11, it is a clear and accurate exegesis on Genesis 1 and the 6 literal days of creation of My God, Almighty Creator, Holy, and His Words and His thoughts are higher than mans thoughts: Isaiah 55:8-11.
What exactly does Christianity have to do with Adam & Eve?
>> It is entirely possible to believe in both Creation and Evolution at the same time.
>> I get irritated at the radicals on both sides of this issue.
If you believe in both Creationism and Evolution at the same time, wouldn’t that make you an irritated, duplicitous radical?
They establish that man's creation was for the purpose of reflecting the image of God to bring Him glory, in a personal, intimate relationship. They reveal man's desire to "be like God", a position only reserved for the Creator. They also establish that man is incapable of restoring that image and relationship on his own, thus he hid as God walked the garden calling his name.
There is a curious part of evolution which is going on around us today. If you ever looked at the ceilings of Dutch and German homes made in the 1600s...they were fairly low and the average height of a guy was several inches lower than what we have today. How did we change over 400 years? You can use forty different phrases, but they all equal some type of evolution underway. By 2500, I would imagine that we will all be at least three inches taller than what we are today, if the trend holds.
When Christians discuss, it isn’t scandalous—contrary to the portrayal of the media, evangelicals aren’t drooling morons.
What IS scandalous is the utter refusal of secularist scientists and liberals to entertain any idea outside their closed, materialistic world view.
For myself, I am less clear on the meaning of the six days. For example they were worded oddly...each was from Evening until Morning, rather than from Evening till Evening. There are several details of the creation narratives in Gensis that do not seem literal to me, such as 3:23
Here in Europe, the big challenge to evolution is coming from an Islamic preacher named Harun Yahya, with some really slick books and multimedia presentations. If you wish, go to www.harunyahya.com and check it out. He does some good presentation, and I think a lot of Christians would agree with his views on evolution.
More playing with dates...and I keep getting results that show no clear trend, and roughly equal ice levels. The sample you showed seemed to be one of the worst you could have picked per your point ironically.
This guy permotes Islam as well as Universalism...why are you referring people to him?????
I don’t concern myself with evolution, creation, young Earth, old Earth, intelligent design, etc., because I can’t prove any of them. I trust the Bible, but I know many, many Bible-believing Christians who get entirely different meanings from Genesis. I have my own opinion, of course, but frankly, it just doesn’t matter.
Christians would do well to avoid dissent with their brothers and sisters over meanings that are not related to salvation (not saying you’re dissenting—just making a point). I see no reason to contend with my fellow believers over minor matters.
There are certain fundamental beliefs to Christianity that we must stand firm on. Stuff like Christ is the Son of God is non-negotiable. Trying to decide whether God created the Earth in 7 literal days is not essential to one’s standing as a Christian. Suffice it to say we’ll all learn the truth someday. We can fellowship just fine without knowing the answer right now.
Evolution is a dead theory walking, supported at this juncture by academic dead wood and people with lifestyle issues and/or tenure issues. It’s junk science and no competent theologian should be interested in it.
Among TRUE “evangelical Christians”, there is no controversy.
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