Our Creation and Our Redemption: The Direct Relationship

by Melissa Travis

human origins debate - apologeticsThen the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. —Genesis 2:7

Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was a prominent paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. Although he was not a man of faith, that didn’t stop him from writing and commenting extensively on the relationship between science and religious belief. In his book, Rock of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, Gould proposed what is known as the “non-overlapping magisteria” philosophy (NOMA). In this model, science and religion address completely separate spheres of knowledge; science cannot comment on religion and religion cannot comment on science. According to Gould, they should happily coexist:

I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict. Science tries to document the factual character of the natural world…Religion, on the other hand, operates in the equally important, but utterly different , realm of human purposes, meanings, and values… —Gould, Rock of Ages

The NOMA view is becoming increasingly pervasive among Christian believers, often with disregard for (or perhaps ignorance of) the philosophical and theological ramifications. A prime example of this is the human origins debate. Theistic evolutionists promote the scientific consensus of human-ape common ancestry, making the (philosophical and theological) claim that the physical origin of humanity is irrelevant to Christ’s work on the cross as our Redeemer. Let’s examine that…


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