Saturday, 7 April 2012
Evolution and Easter - They Don't Go Together
Recently, the BioLogos Foundation called Christian evolutionists together.
What has evolution to do with Easter? The apostle Paul said that Christ was the last Adam. The last Adam died to atone for the sins of mankind. Paul pointed out that it was the first historical Adam, who brought sin into the world.
Unfortunately, many theistic evolutionists do not see Adam as a historical person.
Recently, the BioLogos Foundation invited theistic evolutionists to the Theology of Celebration Conference in New York.
Several well-known theologians and Christian leaders, for instance N. T. Wright, Alister McGrath, John Ortberg, Tim Keller, Scot McKnight and Os Guinness, attended the conference.
The participants got to know that they are a minority among American Protestants. The majority of evangelical Christians believe that God created the world in six days without using evolution.
Theistic evolution is full of problems, as it has to re-interpret Genesis. Probably no atheist will find it convincing.
Seen from a scientific perspective, there are no compelling reasons for believing in evolution. Darwinian evolution is on its way out, as intelligent design is becoming increasingly obvious in nature, especially at the cell and nano level.
Seen from a theological perspective, theistic evolution is an exceedingly problematic approach. Without a literal Fall there would be no need for a literal atonement that we celebrate this Easter.
Stafford, Tim. 2012. Evangelical Evolutionists Meet in New York. Christianity Today 30 March.