Many Christians feel stuck somewhere in between their faith and evolution. The issues are complicated but here is one place where I find agreement between the two. Observation clearly shows that Earth’s biology entails both competition and cooperation. It is the kind of world one would expect if you believe in the theological truths of fall and redemption. It is not implausible that the God revealed in scripture would use both cooperation and competition to advance life on our planet.
I don’t think I was the only member of our family who dreamed of seeing a lurking big cat pounce and chase down its prey. We saw several big cats but never saw one go in for the kill during our five-day safari. Instead, what we saw was lots of cooperation, like oxpeckers on the backs of wildebeests and hippos, or hyenas crunching bones leftover from a nighttime kill, or all the birds who would sound out danger to all the animals within earshot.
Can Christians with a high view of scripture accept the biological theory of evolution? These authors respond with a resounding, “Yes!” As Todd Wilson, co-founder and president of the Center for Pastor Theologians, commented, “The authors guide us through a complex thicket of issues—biological, theological, biblical, and pastoral—with both wisdom and grace.”
Love is, however, the language of God, even God’s very own essence. It should be the language (and work) of the church. This week I want to consider the intersection of human evolution, the Bible, and love to see what the Book of Nature has to offer the church.
Wheaton Professor John Walton’s The Lost World of Adam and Eve considers how reading Genesis 2 and 3 with consideration to the culture in which it was written can inform our understanding not only of the scriptural text itself but also how we interact with scientific knowledge about the origins of humans.
In his 2019 book, Joshua Swamidass offers a potential path to bring together both the findings of evolutionary science which point to humans arising as a population and a literal understanding of Adam and Eve as a biological couple specially created by God.
If you’ve ever shopped for homeschool curricula, you know what a challenge it is to find the right fit for your family – and science is a subject that can be especially challenging. The good news is that BioLogos has some resources to help you in your choice.
Evolution is the primary example of the conflict thesis between religion and science. But The Clergy Letter Project has over 15,500 (as of August 2021) signatures of clergy on a statement that suggests “evolutionary theory [is] a core component of human knowledge, fully harmonious with religious faith.”
To determine if science is in conflict with the creation narrative in Genesis, we have to first understand the creation narrative. This 7-minute video on Genesis 1 from the Bible Project is a good place to start.
Biologist and Professor Darrel Falk’s central aim in this book is to consider the question, “Is a thoroughly Christian and biblically-informed doctrine of creation compatible with widely held conclusions of modern science, especially biology?”