Background: Hillsong United’s 2017 worship album contained a song about creation, “So Will I,” that used the word “evolving”
And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
The song has recently been getting Christian radio play, and a Twitter fan asked Joel about the meaning and he responded directly. He appears to affirm evolution generally (and God’s role in it) as well as the direct creation of human beings.
“Evolution is undeniable—created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang”
“i believe God created humanity out of the dust… and breathed his breath/Spirit into us…”
If you’re not familiar with Christian music or evangelical culture in general, this is a pretty big deal. Houston has been one of the biggest names in worship music for well over a decade. It will be interesting to see what kind of waves this causes in evangelical world, especially compared to Michael Gungor’s affirmation of evolution a few years ago, which generated a fairly large controversy and loss of stature.