The belief that
God (the Christian God) used evolution
to create life
on Earth. This
theory says that
God designed the natural
, and endowed Mankind with a soul when
it had reached a sufficient
level of sentience(This
is often called the "Ontological Leap.")
Contrary to fears of many Christians, evolutionary creationism is not incompatible with Christianity. It does not preclude the existence of an Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, or the need
for the redemptive power
of Jesus Christ. The creation story in Genesis was not intended as a literal account of Earth's origins, but to illustrate the fact that
God created the world. And no, the age of the Earth required by evolution
does not contradict the "six-day" duration of creation in Genesis. The word "day" could have been
code for a long, indeterminate period of time. Assuming Genesis 1-2 was a myth
does not make the Bible "errant," because it does not contradict the message onmmunicated by the story-that
God is the Creator
of the world.
Many Christians who believe in evolutionary creationism also hold beliefs that
fit the bill for "Evangelical," i.e. conservative. Notable examples
are Asa Gray(Charles Darwin's own correspondent), Francis Collin (head of the Human Genome Project), and even the mighty
C.S. Lewis. In short, Christians who oppose evolution need
to get over
BTW, comment or die.
Traditional Creationist: Evolution is a bunch of hooey!
Creationist: What makes you say that?
Traditional Creationist: It's not in the Bible.
Creationist: Well, that was because God wasn't concerned the details of creation. He simply wanted people to know that He was the Creator.
Traditional Creationist: But evolution says
there's no God.
Creationist: Not really. It just seems
that way because atheists are constantly insisting
that evolution leaves
for God. The truth is, evolution leaves
plenty of room
Tradtional Creationist: Nonsense! *runs off* evolutionary creationism
is no creationism
Creationist: *sigh and groan*