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  1. As a christian, I believe that the world was created along with all life and humans. I also believe evolution is currently happening as we have observed it, and the theory of evolution and natural selection just makes sense. I believe God made all animals and humans, but I also believe animals can evolve, speciate, and that humans will look very different in 20,000 years than they do now

  2. Some Christians can and do believe – this isn’t a salvation matter… as the Bible states: we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). So regardless of what some may think, the final word and authority is that salvation comes only by the grace of God and by placing our faith in His Son Jesus. Can I get an AMEN?! This brings me to my 2nd point: the Bible’s authority. What does the Bible actually say about the origin of life and the origin of… well, everything? The Bible actually says that God created everything, including life on earth in 6 days, and rested on the 7th day. Some may wish to believe the days weren’t what you and I think of as a ‘day’, but if we go on to read Exodus 20:8-11, we see that it was commanded to observe the Sabbath and specifically in v.11 this is done on the 7th day because God rested on that day after 6 days of creation. No matter how you try to mix, twist, distort, etc… what Genesis 1 is about, it was 6 days. Now unfortunately for proponents of evolution, the Bible places life being created on days 5 and 6. Simply put, the order of life showing up and the lack of time between their creation precludes the modern models of evolution from being a possibility. To be a little bit frank/blunt here – Jesus actually affirms what Genesis says when he referenced it as stated in Matthew 19:4 when He stated that we were made male and female from the beginning. Does Genesis mention man and woman as being part of the initial events during creation? Yes, in fact it does (and Jesus would know, He was there). All things were made through Jesus, He IS the word made flesh. So this really becomes an authority issue: Is the word of God your authority? I think we’re all quick to stand up and shout YES and AMEN to that when it comes to salvation not being of our own work but rather by faith in Jesus, but some reading this this will scoff at the idea if we say God’s word is also the authority when it comes to our origins as well. God bless!

  3. Christians outside the US generally do not have a problem with evolution. The historic and cultural reasons for Christians, primarily Protestants, having such difficulty with the age of the earth and universe, or evolutionary processes, has to do with their attachment to certain assumptions, or idols if you will. This should be the main points to address in any therapeutic interventions, not “harmonizing” Christianity with science — that is liable to generate the greatest reaction against science on the basis of “the authority of scripture,” and nothing good ever comes from a rival authority dissing match.

    Biblical chronologies were taken literally by Europeans for a long time, and then suddenly this became untenable with geological studies in the Victorian era. It was not terribly ignorant to assume a young earth; the Greeks and Romans imagined the world was only a few centuries older than their recorded memories went, and they were scandalized by Semitic peoples with much longer memories. Age presents an argument for authority in imperial societies, and when they are shown to be a doomed drop in the bucket they tend to handle it poorly. Americans, in particular, may suffer from religious and secular historical teleologies that lean apocalyptic and exceptionalistic — history moves toward their validation as God’s chosen, or second most chosen nation, a status proved in bloody struggle and conflict. Being right is proved cosmically by being rich, by winning a conflict, or by merely surviving as the last man standing.

    As for evolutionary processes, the mechanistic thinking of early modernity inclined Europeans to think of natural processes as “blind.” As well, the association of alternative ways to image the creator in all things with pagans, heathen, infidels, etc. helped paint western Christians into a corner of metaphysics or ontology where the only way God can be real is if he is real in the reductive materialist sense a tree or dog or person appears real, not as some vitality within, or the totality of a living system in its wholeness. This too is the outworking of nominalism that set western science on a course that theology rooted in the old classical-medieval world could not follow. It is amusing but sad that today’s protest against evolution is mostly from Protestants who do not understand it is Catholic assumptions that are holding them back — assumptions Catholics have reformed out of their thinking.

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