Evolution: Good for (my) Theologies
by L.D. Ablo
Want to start an argument among Christians? Just mention “evolution” in a crowd of two or more, and sit back and watch the show. I watch it all the time, and I must say it never fails to amuse.
You know, atheists must believe in “evolution,” because they are constrained in their chosen belief system to only one interpretation of the evidence. In a sense, atheists have it easy; they don’t have to really think about the evidence. For atheists the answer to every question of origins must be answered in only one way.
Atheists could wear T-shirts saying “Evolution is the answer, what’s the question?”
But Christians? Those poor souls are in a quandary. They are not mind-constrained to only one answer to the question “where do we come from?” And because “science” demands one explanation and God another, Christians end up confused.
Many Christians lazily believe “science” over God.
It’s a beautiful sight.
And then I read in Forbes online today an article on this topic entitled, “Can Theology Evolve?” In this piece author John Farrell explores:
. . .the recent Nature article on the increasing evidence that modern humans have inherited the genes of more than a few now-extinct relatives on the evolutionary tree, NPR hosted a short program on what this all means for one of the fundamental stories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
I linked to this story from a link at RealClearReligion: The Vatican Has a Problem with Evolution.
Well, well, well.
Yes, Problem, with a capital “P”.
Because, as Farrell explores in his article, the bottom line is simple and stark: if “evolution” is true, then the Bible is not true.
If “evolution” is true, then Adam and Eve were not real people, I did not tempt Eve, and Adam was not the first sinner, and there is no original sin.
In fact, if “evolution” is true the entire tapestry of Christianity tatters and shreds into little pieces of thread to be trampled on the floor of history.
A beautiful sight, I must admit.
What are we, my servants to make of this growing controversy?
First, the easy points: Of course theology can evolve. Duh! Why do you think there are so many various theologies out there? I’m behind all but one. And all but one have evolved to the place they are now.
And as for the Vatican, the RealClearReligion’s statement is misplaced. The real issue is “God has a problem with evolution.”
Let me explain, my servants. What I am about to share is highly confidential kingdom knowledge. Please casually look around and make sure no one can see your computer…
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