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.
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.
When people think about evolution, what often comes to mind is randomness and chance. Certainly there are aspects of the evolutionary process that are random, but that’s not the whole story.
“New discoveries about the phenomenon known to evolutionary theorists as ‘cooperation’ give us fresh reasons to regard evolutionary theory and classic Christian theism as entirely compatible, indeed richly and convincingly so.”