evolution

Round Table: Genesis and the Origins of the Universe

I was invited to participate in an inter-denominational discussion of the relationship between Genesis and how our Universe came to be. I'm linking to it from my blog in case any of my readers may be interested–there are some really thoughtful contributions.

You can read it at Conciliar Post.

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Student to Professor: Evolution is "Just a Theory"

We've all heard stories where a Christian student challenges their professor by saying evolution is "just a theory." These accounts are modern mythology--or urban myths. Real life can be affected by such mythology, as seen below. In this video, a creationist really does challenge her anthropology professor. 

Unlike the myth, the response from her professor is resolute and convincing. If we tell people they must reject science to know God, we're going to turn away an entire generation.

A creationist student says evolution is "just a theory" in a question to Dr. Tim White.

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Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate Evolution vs. Creationism

The Internet is all aflutter over tonight's debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. It's an oversimplification to call this debate "evolution vs. creationism," as both men are taking more specific positions. Bill Nye is defending Evolution via Natural Selection, as well as The Big Bang Theory, Cosmic Inflation, and all the other naturalistic explanations for how the Universe formed and life appeared and diversified. Ken Ham, on the other hand, is a Young Earth Creationist–advocating a literal interpretation of the Genesis account and all that comes with it.

There are many other views than these two, of course. There are Old Earth Creationists. There are people who believe in the same events that Bill Nye advances, only they believe they were directed by God. It's not as simple as "A vs B," but that's how this debate is set up.

I have great respect for Bill Nye, but I don't have high hopes for this debate. Bill doesn't know enough about the Bible or apologetics to raise objections to Ken's views that fit within Ken's accepted axiomatic model. I expect the two men to speak in circles, failing to build any common ground that could form the basis for an interesting and enlightening conversation.

And I'm going to watch it anyway. Here's the link if you'd like to as well:

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Adam and Eve versus the Chimpanzee

There's a great piece in the Economist about the escalating debate between Young Earth Creationists and more progressive theologies. Some of the survey data is particularly pointed: young people who attend church are likely to report that their church is "anti-science."

My opinion is unsurprising to anyone who knows me. Any attempt to prop up a literal interpretation of the creation account serves only to undermine the church and weaken people's belief in God. It's time to put this issue to bed.

Adam and Eve were not real people. The human race did not emerge from two individuals. Life on Earth evolved. If the Bible's authority rests on contradicting any of those points, we're doomed.

I don't think the Bible rests on those points though. Rob Bell is writing a terrific series on that very idea.

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