Evangelical Christians Split on How to Handle Evolution

first_imgA dismal picture of controversy dividing Christian brother against brother, with no resolution in sight, is painted by Paul Nussbaum in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He says evangelical Christians are not monolithic in their opposition to evolution, but as divided as much of the rest of the nation.  He quotes a spokesperson for the American Scientific Affiliation, a group of scientists who lean toward theistic evolution and old-earth creationism, saying:No topic in the world of science and Christianity has created the intensity of discussion and disharmony with evangelicals as the source of biological diversity.  Today’s spirited discussion often pits Christian vs. Christian and scientist vs. scientist.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The article touches on some of the approaches for integrating Christian faith and evolution, including young-earth creationism, intelligent design, theistic evolution, and the view that science and religion represent non-overlapping realms of truth.    One evangelical certainly not conflicted over evolution is Lee Strobel, former atheist and now host of Faith Under Fire and author of The Case for a Creator.  Interviewed by Christianity Today, Strobel argues that no compromise is necessary; science backs up faith. Nussbaum allowed David Wilcox (Eastern U) to get away with a horrendous straw man argument.  Wilcox puts words into an imaginary student’s mouth when facing evolution in biology class: “Why do I have to learn this stuff – don’t you know that God hates science?”  Good grief.  Has anyone outside an insane asylum ever said that?  In response, Wilcox triumphantly touts theistic evolution as the winner with this half-truth: “God doesn’t hate science – he invented it.  We try to get them to see that evolution happened and it’s not so scary… that evolution is the way God did it.”  Well, if Nussbaum’s intent was to make this proponent of “evolutionary theism” make a fool of himself, he succeeded.  Runner-up was Ken Miller again with this borderline blasphemous straw man: “Their [the creationists’] God is like a kid who is not a very good mechanic and has to keep lifting the hood and tinkering with the engine.”  Who’s he kidding?  It’s the Darwinists who worship Tinker Bell (see 03/11/2005 commentary).   Other than that, Nussbaum’s article is fairly balanced, though gloomy.  He seems to see the most light in the two compromise views that will never work, theistic evolution (an oxymoron) or non-overlapping domains (a false dichotomy).  The main flaw in the article is the covert treatment of evolution as science instead of religion.  That is the hidden assumption in much of secular reporting.  It must be exposed for what it is: a big lie.  Therapy requires mastering the Baloney Detector, then reading all the chain links on Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory in these pages.  Follow-up treatment can include digesting our online book.    The evangelicals who are not gloomy and conflicted are the young-earth creationists and intelligent design people.  Most of them are vibrant, motivated, excited, passionate, interested, and devoted.  Maybe they’re onto something.  Read this, especially the first bullet item.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

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