If anything, I think theistic evolutionists have a greater variety of opinions on many issues for many reasons… such as…
- There are more of them in more denominations.
- Frankly I think those who make up their own mind about issues rather than simply parroting what they have been told, are more likely to be theistic evolutionists, and that means they are more likely to make up their own mind on other issues also.
- Reconciliation of Christianity with science is an added dimension which also adds a greater variety of thinking on issues.
As for me… on the issue of miracles… It depends on how you define miracle.
- If you define miracle as God breaking the laws of nature which He created/established (for very very good reasons), then no I do not believe in miracles.
- If you define miracles as unexpected and beneficial involvement of God in our affairs then yes I do believe in miracles.
The miracles in scripture? Yes, but according to the second definition not the first.
It is not reasonable to think that God would break his own laws just to impress a bunch of ignorant people especially when it is abundantly clear that there is no need whatsoever to break the laws of nature in order to impress such people. Lets underline the two reasons here…
- The reasons do not warrant breaking the laws of nature created by God.
- God has no need to break the laws of nature to do the things He has done.
Consequences of this position:
So when if we investigate miracles do I think we are going to find scientific explanations? I do. And, I don’t think that means they are not miracles.
It means that miracles and the involvement of God in our lives is not quite so rare as is implied by those trying to find evidence of something without a scientific explanation.
The point of the miracles in scripture is not that these were violations of the laws of nature or the proof of supernatural powers but the fact that God is real and involved in our affairs. After all, Jesus said over and over that these miracles were not His doing but God’s doing, and Jesus said in John 14:12, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.”
I am also reminded of all the times Jesus said an evil generation seeks a sign. For I think it is also a symptom of our sinfulness that we seek a breaking of the laws created by God.