Within the last few weeks there was released a poll done by the Pew Forum on American adherence to the theory of evolution, theistic evolution, and creationism. It is disappointing to hear that only roughly one out of every three Americans still believe in creationism. Let me define these for you…
Evolution – Life as we know it has come to be through natural process over a time span of what is now estimated to about 14 billion years.
Theistic Evolution (old earth creation) – Life as we know it has come through natural process guided by God according to the same time period that evolutionary scientists point to.
Creationism (young-earth creation) – Life as we know it has only been within the last six thousand years and that God created the universe in six literal days.
The real issue for myself is not whether science and faith have a place together. Of course they do. Reason and faith really do go hand in hand. The Christian faith is a reasonable faith, not blind. Blind faith means there is no reasons for believing. Christianity has a rich archive of reasons for a person’s faith in God and His Word. So, I am not arguing over the Christian and evolutionist interpretation of scientific facts in this blog.
The issue that I tackle is that of theistic evolution. That a self-proclaimed believer in Christ could adhere to evolution as God’s method of creation has always confused me. The only explanation I could think of was that they pick and choose their scriptures and perverted the rest (which has serious implications on a person have true faith and salvation). The first experience I had with someone from this camp of thought was with the teacher of a class on reasonable faith. The course description was that proofs of God’s word through science and prophetic fulfillment in ancient and modern history. The course description was never fulfilled.
The course ended up being this teachers opportunity to propagate evolutionary theory among creationist under the disguise of Biblical teaching. In the end of the course he walked people through the evolutionary line. The ending conversation of the class is this…