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The reason I disagree with Al Mohler’s recent strong statement that clearly ties belief in the gospel to young earth creationism and denial of the gospel for those who believe in theistic evolution is not because I’m a scientist and know better but because evangelicalism has been bigger than that view for a long, long time.
. One of the misconceptions is that all evangelicals are anti-evolutionists.
Beginning with a thoughtful, nuanced comparison of evolutionism and Galileo’s denunciation by the Catholic Church. He sees three parallels: Galileo, so it was thought, decentralized humans in the plan and world of God; Galileo, so it was argued, denied the plain literal reading of the Bible; and Galileo was a minor voice in the larger scope of things. Yes, there are differences, but the similarities are not a little uncanny. (Agree?)
Evangelicals, and this is the major point of this chp, have
a variety of views when it comes to these issues but they don’t give in on the
dignity of humans, the image of God in humans, and the special creation – at some
level – of humans.
But they do differ on how to read Genesis 1–2, and John Walton’s recent book is an excellent example of some recent evangelical
They then propose a few paradigms:
Conflict: when science conflicts, chuck science; when the
Bible conflicts, chuck the Bible.
NOMA: non-overlapping magisterial paradigm. Science and
religion/Bible deal with two different dimensions of life.
Interactive: we must bring Bible and science into
They know science can only do so much; it can’t talk purpose
and meaning. It can describe what it sees and can test.