Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution

Darwin FishJonathan Dudley writes on Huffington Post:

As someone raised evangelical, I realize anti-evolutionists believe they are defending the Christian tradition. But as a seminary graduate now training to be a medical scientist, I can say that, in reality, they’ve abandoned it.

In theory, if not always in practice, past Christian theologians valued science out of the belief that God created the world scientists study. Augustine castigated those who made the Bible teach bad science, John Calvin argued that Genesis reflects a commoner’s view of the physical world, and the Belgic confession likened scripture and nature to two books written by the same author.

These beliefs encouraged past Christians to accept the best science of their day, and these beliefs persisted even into the evangelical tradition. As Princeton Seminary’s Charles Hodge, widely considered the father of modern evangelical theology, put it in 1859: “Nature is as truly a revelation of God as the Bible; and we only interpret the Word of God by the Word of God when we interpret the Bible by science.”

In this analysis, Christians must accept sound science, not because they don’t believe God created the world, but precisely because they do …

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  • abr4ham

    Evolution debunked: What do the rocks reveal?
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1563149364830591898

  • abr4ham

    Evolution debunked: What do the rocks reveal?
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1563149364830591898

    • Idiots Rule

      Yes because your going to find sufficient information about this tricky subject on a 5 minute youtube video.  Give me a break.

      And isnt debunking last years fad? i mean come on really, if i hear one more idiot say “ive debunked” this im gonna laugh out loud heh..

      evolution is OBVIOUSLY real, to what extreme? who knows, but there is room for god in the theory of evolution, and if one cant seem to understand that then they shouldnt be thinking about it.

  • abr4ham

    Evolution debunked: What do the rocks reveal?
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1563149364830591898

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    faith requires belief in unsubstantiated ideas about god
    science involves testing beliefs (theories) through experimentation

    Christians have the option of believing in evolution
    but they could simply examine the state of the science thus far
    and decide for themselves
    no faith required

  • BuzzCoastin

    faith requires belief in unsubstantiated ideas about god
    science involves testing beliefs (theories) through experimentation

    Christians have the option of believing in evolution
    but they could simply examine the state of the science thus far
    and decide for themselves
    no faith required

  • Idiots Rule

    Yes because your going to find sufficient information about this tricky subject on a 5 minute youtube video.  Give me a break.

    And isnt debunking last years fad? i mean come on really, if i hear one more idiot say “ive debunked” this im gonna laugh out loud heh..

    evolution is OBVIOUSLY real, to what extreme? who knows, but there is room for god in the theory of evolution, and if one cant seem to understand that then they shouldnt be thinking about it.