“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, November 20, 2009

Conclusion: Evolution Is Consistent With Christian Theology

…In summary, a distinction between science and philosophy must be made, and the full implications of God creating and acting within a physical world need to be better understood. I think it’s unfortunate that so many fail to see this and instead fall for the idea that evolution can make the philosophical claim of disproving God. Because of this, Christians can be misunderstood as objecting to science or more easily deceived into mistrusting science. Consequently, Christianity can be thought unscientific and irrational, when in reality Christianity provides strong grounds for the assumptions of science1 and is a thoroughly reasonable worldview.

While our bodies may be strikingly similar to those of apes, we are, as spiritual beings, so much more than physical bodies!2 And while the idea that we came from monkeys may be unappealing, we are no less in God’s image because we came from monkeys than the butterfly is ugly because it came from an ugly caterpillar. Evolution (as I understand it) is really quite an elegant process – something one would expect of the same God who causes tiny seeds to grow into majestic and beautifully intricate trees (and what a marvel it is that the tree is, in a sense, within the seed!).

In conclusion, viewing evolution as the beautiful and orderly design of God, a means for the fine-tuned perfection of the physical creature he desires to make in his image, is much more fitting than viewing evolution as part of a larger naturalistic framework in which the existence of an evolving universe is simply taken for granted.

Therefore, there is (in my opinion) no reason to freak out about evolution. It is not only a strong scientific theory worthy of our consideration and understanding, but a partial explanation for human existence that fits well within the framework of Christian theology. Indeed, many committed Christian theologians and scientists have embraced evolution; the reader is referred in particular to the works of Alister McGrath and Francis Collins.

1Namely, the assumptions that the physical world is orderly and that we can understand it (this is true because God is an orderly Creator and wants his creatures to understand their Creator).
2One might say we are both “a little higher than the animals” (in a purely physical sense) and “a little lower than the angels” in the much more important spiritual sense.

1 comment:

  1. Evolution as a source of speciation is completely impotent. No evidence exists to support macro evolution, but there is infinite evidence against it. The distinctions between species are very often completely arbitrary, as it cannot usually be determined whether two given organisms could mix to produce fertile offspring. Anyone coming to the world of dog breeds a priori would certainly assume that dogs are many different species. Similarly, Darwin's famous finches were not different species, but just varients on the finch. Everything needed was already in the genetic code, put there in the first place by the creator. Theistic evolution isn't evolution, and real evolution is atheistic. They are mutually exclusive. The scientific establishment loves to use multiple-meaning terminology to confuse people into accepting their conclusions, but this is not a means to reach the truth. Rather, it is a means of overwhelming the truth with error.