Faith and Reason: Creacionists and Evolutionists

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Many people believe that Christians have to reject evolution in order to believe in the biblical account of creation in Genesis 1. Scholar and author John Walton, as well as physician, Francis Collins argue that this is not necessarily true. Walton reminds us that we have to read the Bible carefully, as it was not written for us but for the Israelites. Walton also argues that observing natural effects does not mean that we have to remove God from our thoughts. He cannot just reveal all the scientific details that were going to occur because the past generations would not understand. The Bible is the proof of His love and patience for humans, not a science textbook. Even though it was not for us, we still read it since the Scripture is God's word. As for Collins, he states that nature, such as the occurrence of Big Bang, will point us to the Lord. I always thought that faith allows us to imagine who God is while reason allows us to see who God is, so I do agree with Collins. The story of Genesis or the Scripture must be taken metaphorically because of the potential mistakes made by the culturally diverse authors; therefore, His six days creation in the other reality should be allegorically interpreted as evolution in our reality. Collins is a physician and a former atheist. During the third year of his medical school, Collins saw many good people with diseases that cannot yet be cured. This is when thoughts of God started to linger around him. Collins started to read sacred texts that seemed confusing, and finally ended up talking to a church minister. As Collins read and learned more about the Christianity and it's beliefs, the thought of having a God seemed very exciting to him. Collins argues that the nature came out of nowher... ... middle of paper ... ...4. Retrieved from http://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true& db=rfh&AN=ATLA0001866309&site=eds-live&scope=site. POLLACK, R. (2013). Can Faith Broaden Reason?. Genewatch, 26(4), 31-34. Retrieved from http://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true& db=a9h&AN=91891326&site=eds-live&scope=site. Snyder, G. F., & Shaffer, K. (2009). In the beginning: Genesis 1:1-5; 2:1-4a, 15. Brethren Life And Thought, 54(1-2), 102-107. Retrieved from http://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url= http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rfh&AN=ATLA0001771713&sit e=eds-live&scope=site Statham, Dominic. (2009). A review of The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H. Walton. Retrieved from http://creation.com/review-walton- the-lost-world-of-genesis-one.

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