Darwin, Being a Christian, and Evolution

If Darwin was right, then let us follow him, but surely we can ask if he was wrong.

Charles Darwin died an unbeliever, yet the work that makes him famous should not be a reason anybody dies outside the Christian faith. Don’t get me wrong: I remain skeptical that he or those who have followed in his footsteps have explained what they intended to explain. However, if I turn out to be wrong, then it will not be the first time.

My faith does not depend on it and yours should not either. The interesting question to me regarding Darwin and theories of evolution is not: “Is it compatible with Christianity?” but, “Is it true?” Would one accept Darwinism if one were not a metaphysical naturalistMaybe, but one wishes that the defenders did not so often betray ignorance of basic philosophy and philosophy of science. 

Given that Darwin lived in a pervasively Christian culture, it is not surprising that so much of the theory is not only compatible with Christianity, but echoes many distinctly Christian ideas. Christian civilization produced much of the science and the rules of the philosophy of science that Darwin ably deploys. While Darwin may have superficially rejected theism, when he assumes the rationality of the universe, ideas about simplicity in  theories, and the ability to find a unifying explanation for events, he reveals his Christian imagination. For this reason, people I greatly admire, such as CS Lewis, were able to separate his atheism and naturalism from his evolutionary stories. CS Lewis even wrote a science fiction series that depended on ideas like deep time (a very old cosmos) that Darwin also needed and found no problem in accepting important aspects of Darwinism.

And so M* asks me:

Go to: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/eidos/2017/09/darwin-christian-evolution/


Believing Biblical Doctrines Requires Humility, Not Arrogance

Christians who believe the Bible teaches Jesus is the only way of salvation or the traditional view of sexuality, sex, and marriage are often labeled arrogant. The idea that someone knows the truth and someone else is wrong is interpreted as arrogant. No doubt, there are plenty of Christians and purported Christians who are prideful and express this—it’s tragically easy to forget sometimes that we are sinners only saved by grace and mercy through Jesus. And for that, we should examine ourselves and repent.

Continue: https://www.str.org/blog/believing-biblical-doctrines-requires-humility-not-arrogance#.WbvrDdN95TZ

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