I wanted to make a suggestion to BioLogos.
As a conservative Christian growing up, evolutionary theory was mainly a stumbling block for me because of people’s emphasis on “randomness” and “blind chance” — and I don’t think I’m alone here. God is about order and cosmos — not disorder and chaos. And even scientific endeavor (to me) has primarily been about gaining understanding, making predictions, etc., and while the majority of the scientific world seems to accept Evolution (that is change over time), the discussion of mechanisms and how it works seems to be immensely complicated. The average conservative, when they hear about Evolutionary Theory, I think the first thing that pops into their head are concepts such as “directionless” and “purposelessness” … but there are many proposed theories of evolution that entail different mechanisms to account for the varying degrees of changes in the overall shape of life over time.
— Lamarkian Evolution
— Darwinian Natural Selection
— Neo-Darwinian Evolution
— Niche Construction (directed evolution)
— Evolution through Symbiogenesis
— Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo for short)
— Process Structuralism
All of these have different levels of scientific validity … and I would argue that really only one theory (that is Neo-Darwinian) demands things such as blind chance. The discussion, I think, gets so complicated that even all (or most) of these theories could play a role in how Evolution goes down.
In my opinion, were the discussions of mechanisms more broadly discussed, it would go miles in becoming a bridge between conservative Christianity and science — rather than simply just demonstrating that Evolution (that is change over time) happens.