Posts Tagged ‘creationism’

Noll, the Evangelical Mind, and the Elephants in the Room

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 by Dale M. Coulter

Elephant in the roomWhen Mark Noll’s Scandal of the Evangelical Mind hit the market in the early 1990s it created a “title” wave that continues to move out in multiple directions. This fact alone means that if evangelicalism is going to reboot its examination of its own intellectual resources–a process already begun in the cultural liturgies series of James K. A. Smith–then it must grapple with Noll’s critique.

In my previous post I tried to set Noll’s work within the context of American religious historiography.

In this post I want to highlight some elephants in the room of Noll’s analysis.

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Confessions of an Evolving Christian

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

For the past few months I have been thinking a lot about the issue of evolution and the Church. Many Christians today are wholly sold on the idea that evolution is a giant lie perpetuated by the new atheists and angry scientists who hate God. I actually bought into that idea until I started to meet and hear many Christian intellectuals who had no problem reconciling their beliefs with a concurrent acceptance that evolution is simply the method that God used to do the work of creation. My immediate reaction to this idea was a series of “what-ifs”: What if God did not actually breathe the literal breath of life into Adam’s nostrils at the moment of creation? What if Adam was not the first man? What if we had a common ancestor? What if what I have been taught for years was wrong? The questions kept coming and so I began a search for answers. Many of these questions were addressed in the video discussion last Sunday, on Mike DiFuccia’s post, so I will not recap his highlights, but I do want to discuss my journey thus far and where I am right now. I hope you will enter into the discussion (with charity) and perhaps we can think about this issue together as we all seek God’s truth wherever it is found.

In my quest for truth, I first came to acquaint myself with the Intelligent Design (ID) movement. I immediately thought, “these guys must have the answers!” They are (mainly) Godly  people who are also world class scientists and philosophers. After watching films such as Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and Unlocking the Mystery of Life and reading many articles on the issue, I was more or less convinced that the Intelligent Design argument was at least worthy of listening to more. As I did more research, however, I came across many scientists, many of whom happened to be Christian, who questioned the conclusions of the ID movement. One such scientist was Francis Collins who recently wrote The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. In this book, Collins outlines his proposal for theistic evolution, which he calls BioLogos. From here I began reading material from his BioLogos foundation and was surprised to find that there are actually many evangelical Christian scientists, biblical scholars and pastors who adhere to the BioLogos explanation of theistic evolution. In a video on YouTube, Collins made a staggering statement that I had heard from many atheists, but never from a scientist who was Christian, he states that “[Evolution] is a theory in the same sense the gravity is a theory.” I can understand a scientist who is not a Christian making such a claim, but I had to try to figure out why a committed Christian, who also happens to be a world renowned Geneticist and former head of the Human Genome Project, would also need to make such a claim; why not simply accept the ID arguments? Furthermore, why does a Christian, who happens to be a scientist, start a foundation to try to help Christians understand why their faith in God does not require them to deny the “facts” of evolution? These are not questions that I have the answer to yet, but I think that we as Christians need to begin to pay close attention to these sort of developments and not bury our heads in the sand.

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