Theistic Evolution

Theistic Evolution, in the Christian sense, describes a heterogeneous group of Christian scientists, theologians, and others who subscribe to the findings of science and the tenets of Christianity, but generally without taking stances on how the two domains specifically relate.  Wikipedia has an excellent article on Theistic Evolution: it can be accessed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theistic_evolution.

Without doubt, the leading edge of Theistic Evolution is exemplified in the BioLogos Forum, a website founded by Frances Collins, M.D., PhD,  the former director of the Human Genome Project and now director of the NIH.  The website is supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and can be accessed at http://www.biologos.org/.  Darrel Falk, PhD, Professor of Biology at Pt. Loma Nazarene University, directs the project.

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  2. Hi Huguenot,Great reflections. My peasrnol view about the two accounts it this:In my mind there is no tension between these two accounts. They tell different stories and have different focuses.Genesis 1 is a poetic account of the creation of the earth, focusing on God first and then humanity as the Climax of that story. Genesis 2 tells a different story, it tells the story of Humanity as God’s image bearers ruling over creation. God in partnership with humanity.Interms of the scientific validity of these two chapters, I don’t know, I’m no scientist. In terms of their truthfulness, I believe them to be absolutely true. God is the creator, he created the earth, Humanity is the climax of his creation. We are God’s image bearers, we are to rule creation, and partner with God. Unfortunately as the story goes we mucked up. Fortunately Jesus is the second Adam come to put things right, and we are to rule with him again.How do you deal with these accounts?

  3. Hello Reader,

    I very much appreciate your comments. They are very thoughtful. I agree with your take on the first 2 chapters of Genesis, their poetry and their statements of our partnership with God. They weren’t mean’t to be “scientific.” They are full of truth, but they are not factual. I am a creationist, in that I believe God created (and is creating) the heavens and the earth. But the Scriptures don’t reveal how he did it, nor do they tell us how Jesus performed his miracles. I can study the facts of evolution and look particularly at the question of “what is life?” and come up with an alternative explanation of how God did it and how Jesus performed his miracles. So, what I am seeing that God is the indirect creator, in that he has breathed the breath of life into all matter and hence has licensed life to create itself. But life, now free to develop in whatever directions it chooses, is also free to muck things up. In other words, life is in conflict, all the way back to when the first virus attacked the first bacteria, all the way across, from the simplest organisms to humankind (who has perfected conflict and is devising new ways to destroy, even as we speak. And all the way down, where, believe it or not, genes attack other genes! But God is constantly using the Joseph principle, “You mean’t it to me for evil, but God mean’t it to me for good.” For example, our own genome is made up 50% of genes that were once attacking us. But those same genes have repeatedly been domesticated, recruited, or co-opted to achieve greater genome complexity. We have seen this happen in real time. So God finally sends his Son as the second Adam to put things right, but in reductio ad absurdum fashion, we turned against him one more time and killed him. But God takes this ultimate aggression against him and turns it into the resurrection. Now, we still have a way to go, but we are getting the idea of the partnership and are improving. Give us another 10K years. This model also explains (and does not explain away) the miracles of Jesus. I go into all of this in the second book, “Christianity, Evolution and the Breath of Life.”

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