does evolution theory give you nightmares?

hmmm...A fossil found last year is being hailed by science as a key missing link in evolutionary theory. To put it in layman’s terms, Paleontologists suggest that the fossil shows the link between swimming fish and four-legged, slimy land crawlers. The Tiktaalik “is a really amazing, remarkable intermediate fossil,” scientist Neil H. Shubin told the New York Times.

There is an article in Christianity Today about what these kinds of discoveries mean for Christian faith. Are they a threat? Should we continue to shrug them off as insignificant? The article is at http://www.christianitytoday.com/41438, and here is an excerpt:

Increasing numbers of world-class scientists, as a matter of fact, are in awe of the apparent design and fine-tuning of Creation. “The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture,” physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson notes, “the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.”

This has prompted me to reflect again on evolution and the question of whether or not it has to be mutually exclusive with our faith. What do you think? Can a Christian believe in evolution without sacrificing their belief in God as Creator? I would love to hear your thoughts before I post mine (if you have time, read the short CT article first).

5 responses to “does evolution theory give you nightmares?

  1. The christian who refuses the possibility of a divinely orchestrated evolution of the species is guided by ignorance as much as the scientist who refuses the possibility of a divinely orchestrated universe.

  2. I’ve thought about and revisited the Faith versus Science issue for some time. Both communities tend to act as if the other community’s body of knoweldge cannot inform the other. It has helped me to see the arguments and approaches in these categories; 1. Bible informs science, 2. Science “corrects” Bible or 3. Bible and Science in complimentrary existence. We have myraid examples of each kind. Interestingly, I would place Willam Barclay and his “naturalistic” explantion of biblical miracles in the the third kind.

    The major problem that twist christians is the fear that science will present an undeniable “fact” to disprove Christanity. Through many personal doubts and angst I’ve come to realize that nothing really can stand against the Knowledge of God. For me, science accentuates Biblical truth, not distract from it.

  3. thought of your recent blogs on Creationism after running across the following a few days back…

    “Looking at the doctrine of Darwinism, which undergirded my atheism for so many years, I realized I would have to believe that nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information, unconsciousness produces consciousness, and non-reason produces reason.” ~~ Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator

    Keep it up…

  4. “The major problem that twist christians is the fear that science will present an undeniable “fact” to disprove Christanity. ”

    I read one time many years ago an article by a leading christian writer. The sentence above was his greatest fear and he wrote something to the effect that Christians needed to halt by any means possible any research or learning that would or could lead to disproving Christianity.

    It wasn’t in the context of whether it was correct or incorrect, but rather it needed stopped

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