5. Theistic Evolution
In my efforts to understand evolution, I came across a website about Theistic Evolution. Parts of the author’s story about his experience with Young Earth Creationism resonates with me. In the article “Theistic Evolution” he explains what TE is. One paragraph in his Credo – What I Believe section in particular stood out to me:
I reject the idea that evolution and Christianity are always and must be in opposition to each other. I reject the notion that if the scientific theory of evolution is true, then Christianity must be false. I reject the idea that people who accept evolution must be atheists. I reject the idea that the scientific theory of evolution fundamentally denies the idea of God the Creator. I reject the idea that evolution and Christian faith are inevitably in conflict with each other and cannot be reconciled.
As I read this paragraph, I thought, “Yes, yes, yes!!”
Although some evolutionists are atheistic and militantly anti-Creation – think Dawkins – Evolutionary Theory is not, not, NOT atheistic. Creationists claim that it is and that is one of the reasons why they believe that a person cannot be a Christian and believe in evolution. It’s the whole Once-a-person-accepts-evolution-he-is-on-his-way-to-becoming-an-atheist’ argument. I agree and disagree with this statement.
If one has been told that evolution and creation are mutually exclusive and/or that one cannot be a Christian and believe in evolution, then yes, when one is confronted with the data for evolution, one would be forced to abandon Christianity. YECists have told that person that he cannot believe in both. On the other hand, if one has not been told that the two are mutually exclusive, then there would not be that disillusionment.