Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution? Not So Fast Huffington Post…
by Max Andrews
Recently, an article was published in the Religion section of the popular online news agency The Huffington Post. I don’t know much about the author, Jonathan Dudley, but according to him he has graduated from seminary and is currently studying to be a medical scientist. That’s excellent! However, I’m not too convinced that his article is all too accurate. In fact, it’s wrong.
I don’t want to push off the article all together because there are certainly many good points made. For instance,
In theory, if not always in practice, past Christian theologians valued science out of the belief that God created the world scientists study. Augustine castigated those who made the Bible teach bad science, John Calvin argued that Genesis reflects a commoner’s view of the physical world, and the Belgic confession likened scripture and nature to two books written by the same author.
These beliefs encouraged past Christians to accept the best science of their day, and these beliefs persisted even into the evangelical tradition. As Princeton Seminary’s Charles Hodge, widely considered the father of modern evangelical theology, put it in 1859: “Nature is as truly a revelation of God as the Bible; and we only interpret the Word of God by the Word of God when we interpret the Bible by science.”
My quarrel with Dudley’s article is that his logic seems to be a bit off. If by “requiring” acceptance of evolution for the Christian he means that it necessarily entails the acceptance of evolution then he has missed the gospel message. There’s a difference between having sound Christian theology and philosophy and what it means to have Christian faith. Here’s the logic.
Necessarily, Christian faith entails the acceptance of evolution.
This doesn’t make sense at all. He also equates this as orthodoxy! Here are a few examples of what having Christian faith necessarily entails…
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