Creation v Evolution

Is it wrong that I am a 35 (nearly 36) year-old youth minister and I really have never given any thought to what I believe when it comes to the whole creation/evolution thing. Well that isn’t entirely true. I have thought about it, and always just sort of believed what the Bible said, but I have never really given much thought to how that account is reconciled to the science that is out there.

I always have had sort of a half-way theory about how the flood messed up the fossil record and I how carbon dating must be wrong. From time to time I have espoused theories such as the “God days are longer” to explain way the age of the earth and even argued that since God created a full grown man why couldn’t he have created an already old earth.

But all of these were not really based on scholarship or study, just on my own assumptions and picking up bits and pieces of information here and there.

This week we are kicking off a youth study about just this topic, however, and it has me scrambling trying to find the best scholarship and at the same time figure out what I believe.

Because when it comes right down to it, everyone must make a choice about what they believe happened at the beginning of time. You must make a choice because you weren’t there, and no one was there (with the exception of God of course). Then based on what you believe you will shape the data that you see to meet what you already believe, because the origins of life is where science and myth meet up.

I thought I was ready to go for my first lesson tomorrow night, but in trying to do some fact checking found out that some of the things I was going to teach was a little out of date and some of it just couldn’t line up with the rest of what I teach about God, sin, and salvation. So this little study on evolution has exploded into a 6 hour marathon of reading, searching, and praying trying to figure out the best way to present the truth found in the Bible to a generation of students who have been told that everything that we will reading tomorrow is wrong.

I could continue, but now it is after 2 and even though I want to keep reading and writing I have to go to bed. More soon.

2 thoughts on “Creation v Evolution

  1. Adam Lehman says:

    the creation narrative is such a powerful story, enjoy sharing it.

    I have a key phrase I use when discussing this stuff with teenagers and I like to start there before digging into it:

    "Either this story is history or it’s a metaphorical. Either way, we learn that God loves us, God created everything, & we were made for relationship with God and others."

    I find that TOO many people make evolution a case God’s non-existance, which I don’t think can be made. It’s important that our teens know that – even if the creation story is a metaphor, then we’re can still have faith. They’re going to go to college someday and a very smart professor will convince them evolution is – at least partially – true.

  2. I have studied this subject intensely for about forty years now (I turn fifty this month). When you say nobody was "there" you are a bit mistaken, because "there" is "here." The past leaves traces that persist to the present and can be studied. I like the spirit of the comment that even if Genesis is metaphor rather than literal history the point is that God created us and God loves us. The bottom line is that evolution is quite possibly the most well-proven fact known to man, and it shames America that nearly half the adults are so misinformed about this. It is just as ridiculous and just as wrong as if half the adults insisted the earth is flat in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

    if Christianity does depend on every detail being literally true (as some people insist), then I have to reject a God who would plant so much physical evidence of so many different types that flatly contradicts such an interpretation. Why worship someone who tries so hard to trick us when eternal damnation is the punishment for being fooled? I still hear in conversations with
    hardcore Bible thumpers that the evidence for evolution doesn’t exist.I am always reminded of that scene from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" where King Arthur cuts off the arm of the Black Knight, and the Black Knight denies it. King Arthur: "Your arm’s off." Black Knight:
    "No it isn’t."

    Nested hierarchies of many types of data, numerous transitional forms in the fossil record, endogenous retroviruses and pseudogenes — the list of evidence for evolution is incredibly overwhelming, each piece standing alone yet sometimes corroborating other pieces in stunning fashion. It has been my experience that most people who deny the fact of evolution do so because they have been LIED to about this subject by sources they thought they could trust. What they argue against is a strawman caricature of evolution easy to knock down because it is based on lies and misunderstandings of what science is and how it works. Science need not be in conflict with religion, but it it must: We have the fossils. We win.

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