Genesis, the Gospel, and Theistic Evolution

analytical Essay
3099 words
3099 words

Genesis, the Gospel, and Theistic Evolution


Humans have asked questions about their origin and their purpose on earth for eons. The Bible tells humans that God created them and explains their purpose. However, since the Renaissance, humanism answers questions about origins by naturalistic means and science has been redefined in the process. Most institutions of higher education and many individuals have adopted the naturalistic theory of evolution to explain human origin without considering its effects on faith. In contrast to prevailing thought at Goshen College, a literal six-day creation is foundational to the Gospel message. Combining evolution and Christianity makes one’s faith less logical and opens one’s science to new quandaries.

Theistic Evolution: A Definition

Before delving into the problems with theistic evolution, let us define it. Theistic evolution rejects the Christian tradition of interpreting the creation days as having been normal 24-hour days. It insists that only naturalistic mechanisms be considered when considering creation and the origin of life. Theistic evolutionists believe that humans and all other life forms evolved from a bacterial precursor in the distant past. For theistic evolutionists, naturalistic science carries precedence over the Word of God. However, in order to justify Christian faith, theistic evolution allows for the supernatural in order to explain New Testament miracles. In Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, theistic evolutionist Richard Wright explains that theistic evolutionists rearrange the first chapters of Genesis into topical sections instead of interpreting them in a straightforward manner (2003, p. 92). He argues that the chr...

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Wright, Richard. (2003). Biology Through the Eyes of Faith. HarperCollins: San Francisco.

[1] This problem with the theory of evolution was addressed by Stephen Jay Gould and other evolutionists. They postulated the punctuated equilibrium theory of evolution, which does not predict the numerous fossils predicted by the orthodox theory of evolution.

[2] It may be noted that some people have objected to the apostle Paul’s assertion that death first came to earth when Adam sinned on the grounds that animals and humans ate plants. Therefore, plants died before Adam sinned. However, this objection ignores the biblical definition of death. Death is repeatedly defined as being the spilling of blood in the Bible. Consequently, these objections are invalidated.

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that humanism answers questions about origins by naturalistic means and science has been redefined in the process.
  • Explains that theistic evolution rejects the christian tradition of interpreting the creation days as being normal 24-hour days. they believe that humans evolved from a bacterial precursor in the distant past.
  • Explains that theistic evolution meshes two worldviews, naturalism and christianity, laying a foundation for ethics and morality.
  • Explains that non-evolutionists object to the theory of evolution because no evidence has been found for mutations leading to new genes that are beneficial.
  • Explains that evolutionists often reconstruct supposed transitional forms with a few fossil fragments and imagination. the fossil record does not show the myriad missing links that the evolutionary theory anticipates.
  • Argues that theistic evolutionists should consider an alternative worldview, since faith and logic may be antonyms, but one's faith should have as few contradictions as possible.
  • Explains that foundational to recent creation is a proper view of god. no limits bound god’s power, wisdom, or love. he created and rules over the universe.
  • Explains that recent creationists read the chronological account in genesis 1 in a straightforward manner. they believe that the universe and all life forms were created in six 24-hour days.
  • Explains that god planted a special garden of beautiful trees with delicious fruit. after adam and eve were created, god commanded them to care for it.
  • Analyzes how accepting the evolutionary theory and death before adam dilutes god’s holiness and justice and destroys the heart of the gospel. if death did not come through adam, there is no hope of restoration to god through jesus christ.
  • Argues that theistic evolution pieces together two opposing worldviews: naturalism and christianity, and applies historical science duplicitously. evolutionists have found no new beneficial genes introduced by mutation and only a few disputable transitional forms
  • Explains ham, k. (2002). why won't they listen? a radical new approach to evangelism.
  • Explains weiner, j., the beak of the finch: a story of evolution in our time.
  • Analyzes how theistic evolutionists attempt to mix and match the two worldviews into one.
  • Argues that theistic evolutionists are inconsistent in their application of naturalistic science. the basic gospel message is dependent on miracles.
  • Explains that origins scientists have redefined science to meet their purposes. they recognize that the relegation of their field to the field of speculation would greatly damage their credibility.
  • Explains that stephen jay gould and other evolutionists postulated the punctuated equilibrium theory of evolution, which does not predict fossils.
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