There is a growing group of believing scientists who think that God used evolution as an important process in creating life. This has partly been brought about by the mounting genetic evidence connecting different species including human beings.
This is leading to an interesting re-thinking about what the Bible really teaches about creation, and how it can be understood in the light of what God has also revealed to us through his creation. See, for example, this article by Br David Brown (Solihull, UK). Some excellent and well-informed discussion exploring the issues takes place on the Berea-Portal Discussion Forum.
In medieval Europe, faithful believers needed to rethink their biblical interpretations about whether the earth was stationary (e.g., 1 Chronicles 16:30; Psalm 93:1) in the light of mounting scientific evidence. It is possible that believers today may have to do the same in their thinking about creation. In doing so, we need to be careful not to fall into the same trap as the Catholic church did in refusing to accept Galileo’s evidence because it didn’t fit their biblical interpretations.
Of course, the Christadelphian community is not the only Christian denomination facing these issues. A recent article in the evangelical newspaper Christianity Today considers the new evidence and its implications for the Christian faith. There is also an extensive set of resources and thought-provoking articles on the BioLogos website.
Whatever we make of the evidence, it seems clear that we should tread carefully, especially in making bold statements on topics beyond our expertise. One thing we can be sure of: however God created the universe, the heavens declare his glory (Psalm 19:1), and he holds all of us accountable to him because of the self-evident witness of his creation (Romans 1:20). Furthermore God expects Christian thinkers to humbly consider what he has made before presuming to define the limits of his character and behaviour (Job 38-40).
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