Many of my friends think Young-earth Creationism is the only real “Christian” opinion about the origins of life, the universe, and everything. Oh dear. So I’ve cobbled together some of the best stuff I could find to support the FAR more rational position of Theistic Evolution.
This is the site that switched the lights on for me:
Here’s a complete rebuttal of the young-earth pseudoscience:
They also have a huge “index to creationist claims”, this link covers young-earth arguments:
Here’s another brief summary of Creationism and Intelligent Design:
Quote from PBS.org:
“For many people of various faiths, support for the scientific theory of evolution has not supplanted their religious belief. And throughout the modern Judeo-Christian tradition, leaders have asserted that evolutionary science offers a valid perspective on the natural world. They say that evolution is consistent with religious doctrine and complements, rather than conflicts with, religion.
There are, however, some Christians — in particular, fundamentalists and some evangelicals — who perceive a conflict between evolution and their literal interpretation of the Bible.”
A library’s worth of evidence supporting Evolution:
American Scientific Affiliation; Science from a Christian perspective:
Converging lines of Evidence in support of Evolution:
A quote from St. Augustine: (I discussed this in an earlier post).
“Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he hold to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions,”
Christians do not have a monopoly on the truth. A bit of humility and respect for the centuries of painstaking work by generations of scientists would not be amiss. The Bible supports the notion of critical thinking:
The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them …
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Also, the Bible itself is not ALL meant to be taken literally!
- 2 Corinthians 3:6 says of the new covenant, “the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
- 1 Corinthians 9:9-12 says that one of the laws of Moses is figurative, not literal.
- Galatians 4:24 says that the story of Abraham is an allegory.
- Jesus frequently taught in parables, with the obvious intention that the lesson from the story, not the details of the story, was what was important.
(OK the above link is a bit worrying but it’s worth thinking about)
Lastly, I think the Bible appears to be in favour of Intelligent Design, but ID is too new and it’s facing an uphill battle. The next few years should be interesting, if a philosophy more explicitly religious in nature were to spread through academia.