I was writing a blog post responding to the misrepresentation of N.T. Wright in a recent Answers in Genesis article by Simon Turpin, a UK spokesperson for AiG.
As I was suggesting the problem of reducing anyone’s motivations to a single motivation, I thought I should just ask Wright what his motivations are.
He graciously took the time to respond.
So, I will pose similar questions to you;
What motivates Biologos participants to engage in this type of discussion?
What motivated you to accept the theory of evolution?
- I was raised in the faith by people who really believed that “all truth is God’s truth.”
- I found the evidence in favor of modification by descent to be massive, diverse, beautifully harmonious, and entirely convincing.
- With time and study, I found scholars who helped me discover faithful, honest, ancient readings of Genesis that did not conflict with current scientific consensus.
- I witnessed the lives of committed brothers and sisters in Christ who had embraced evolutionary theory and not let go of their faith in Christ.
Points #3 and #4 are important. Without them, I would have either remained a fundamentalist with profound cognitive dissonance or simply left the faith altogether.
This. And the fact that some of those brothers and sisters had PhDs in relevant fields like geology and biology and physics. I think for most people it comes down to who you trust.
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