To clarify fundamentalist objections to theistic evolution, here is Wayne Grudem’s list of “12 Ideas You Must Embrace to Affirm Theistic Evolution.” He reiterated and clarified them in an address with Ann Gauger, Stephen Meyer, and JP Moreland at an address to Biola recently. I wonder what comments people have for this.
Edit: In his address to Biola, Dr Grudem started by saying that Francis Collins and Lamoureux were evangelical Christians and that he does not question their faith. He just doesn’t think that their belief about Genesis can hold up to orthodox scrutiny.
In Romans 14, Paul encourages Christians not to pass judgment on each other for EITHER being excessively or less rule conscious. :So, in posting this, I need to “Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” (13). However, maybe this is a good place to ask for various interpretations. Lamoureux believes that science and Scripture are nonconcordant, and I am fairly comfortable with this. However, are there other ways of discussing this?
The Accuracy of Genesis 1-3
Theistic evolution is a viewpoint that God created matter and after that, God didn’t guide, intervene, or act directly to cause any empirically detectable change in the natural behavior of matter until all living things had evolved by purely natural processes.
But, what that belief implies is that there are actually twelve details in Genesis 1-3 that simply didn’t happen. If you hold to theistic evolution (in the most common form in which it is held today), you would say:
1.Adam and Eve were not the first human beings, and perhaps Adam and Eve never even existed.
2.Adam and Eve were born from human parents.
3.God didn’t act directly or specially to create Adam out of dust from the ground.
4.God didn’t act directly to create Eve from a rib taken from Adam’s side.
5.Adam and Eve were never sinless human beings.
6.Adam and Eve did not commit the first human sins because human beings were doing morally evil things long before Adam and Eve existed.
7.Human death did not begin as a result of Adam’s sin because human beings existed long before Adam and Eve and they were always subject to death.
8.Not all human beings have descended from Adam and Eve for there were thousands of other human beings on the earth at the time that God chose two of them and called them Adam and Eve.
9.God did not directly act in the natural world to create different kinds of fish, birds, and land animals.
10.God did not rest from his work of creation or stop any special creative activity after plants, animals, and human beings appeared on the earth.
11.God never created an originally very good natural world—a safe environment, free of thorns, thistles, and other harmful things.
12.After Adam and Eve sinned, God did not place any curse on the world that changed the workings of the natural world, making it more hostile to mankind.