Good evening everyone!
I am new to the forum, and beyond to considering/thinking of this perspective, and am still absorbing/reading, so I apologize if a few questions are already answered here (still researching/learning).
I have 5 kids, and my oldest son, is 16 and questioning a lot of things about his faith, and what he has been taught and believed about his faith in church and christian school. One of his big stumbling blocks is creationism, and I can understand that. I have never been a young earth creationist, but more an older earth creationist, which my dad (a high school teacher) always taught us (as it about 15,000 years old, and that God created with age (ie - Adam and Eve were created as adults, so it made sense that the earth was created with age as well). That makes sense to me, but my question now is , if created to appear with age, why would things not have evolved, if that makes sense.
In my readings, I have been learning about the disconnect between Genesis 1 and 2, and different interpretations that 1 is historical and 2 is poetical, which also makes sense to me. If you look at Genesis 1, there is an order there, similar to evolution (simple to more complex).
However, one question that I do have, is reconciling Adam and Eve and the fall, with evolution. How do we reconcile that God decided on these two to be the start of his relationship with humanity? What about proto-humans in this view? If that makes sense.
I have never been a fan of the Ken Hamm, Ark experience, as it seems just based on dubious science (even for a creationist), so that has had me questioning things. Answers in Genesis is really becoming prevalent in our area (they are coming to our church next month). We are at a Harvest Bible Church, with a lot of Reform overtones (Piper, etc) and I find the literal 7-day view predominates (not excluding Tim Keller, in fact , his article on biologos, several years ago, made/makes a lot of sense to me).
My kids as they age are asking more and more questions, that I am finding harder to answer, and have made me think harder about this perspective, but it is so entrenched that an evolutionary viewpoint is at odds with orthodox christianity, that it is hard to move past that.
It is interesting in my readings, that CS Lewis, the great apologist viewed evolution as the means of creation, among others, and that most of Christianity takes the evolution view, or some variant of that. My brother, and a few of my Anabaptist cousins, hold this view, and we had a lot of discussion over the holidays, and really made me consider another point of view. My brother uses the example from the movie Noah (not the best movie), but the introduction really presents the evolution view of creation/origins well.
Anyway, thanks for any direction, and will continue to read here.