The theory of evolution and the theology of creation

Joel Watts posted this image and quote:

I must say I disagree with the reverend gentleman. I believe in the theory of evolution because the hypotheses that it requires in it’s commonly espoused forms today are better supported by the evidence than any alternative theory. I believe in the theology of creation for the same reasons. In both cases my upbringing and the many people I have talked to and read contribute to the firmness of these beliefs.

NB I call evolution a “theory” and creation a “theology” to highlight that the two explanatory schemas are used to answer very different sorts of questions. And NOT because one (evolution in my case) depends more on trusting the authority of others, while the other (creation in my case) depends more on personal observation and experience.

PS: The theory of gravity has been reformulated considerably over the years and now seems to fit the data even better ;)

7 comments on “The theory of evolution and the theology of creation

  1. Dr. David Tee

    How sad. God never said to use evidence or whose words fit the evidence best. God said to use faith. 1 Cor. 13 if youlove someone youbelieve allthings, thus if you love God you would believe HIS words not Darwin’s.

    Clearly calling God a liar is not love but hate, you can’t be a christian if you hate God.

    The re-formulation of the theory of gravity doesn’t mean it is right. It could mean that they went from a correct idea to a false one or it could mean that they aren’t even close to what God did.

    1. tim

      David,

      Our understanding of “faith” may be a bit different. You seem to expect faith to be a “leap in the dark”, whereas I would understand faith as the trust that comes from and grows in a relationship. It is because God is faithful (in relationship with me) that I trust God – have faith in God.

      As for calling God a liar, I have never done that. Perhaps you should read Augustine’s On the Literal Meaning of Genesis the great father may help you to a fuller understanding of God’s word.

      God bless,

      Tim

  2. Dr. David Tee

    Actually you have if you say He did not create as He said He did. Augustine is not infallible, was not present at creation, and Niether God nor Jesus said to follow him over their own words.

    Perhaps you can post the verse or verses where God gave humans permission to follow science over His words. No one else can.

  3. Herman Cummings

    If pastors, priests. rabbis, and “so called” Christians would stop their false (old Earth) and foolish (young Earth) teachings, and start promoting the truth of Genesis (Observations of Moses), then there would hardly be any room for the ridiculous teaching of evolution.

    Collectively, Bible believers are so “blind”, that their approach to Genesis is a joke. Instead of seeking the truth, they continue to support the current lies and foolishness of Creationism. Genesis does not have any “Creation accounts”. When you keep telling a person that their car is running out of gas, and they refuse to look at the fuel gauge and go to the gas station, you begin to wonder how “dumb” they are.

    Perhaps they are just like the Jews, who value tradition over the truth of scripture.

    Is it strange that Atheists want the cram their false beliefs down everyone else’s throats, without allowing a (valid) opposing view?

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

  4. Stephen J. Bauer

    The concept of a deity relaying information and interpretation thereof is only supportive of a culture abiding in a faith-based ideation. There is no objective evidence to support faith-based rationale for any of the natural wonders within the universe or contest any of these scientific theories. Everyone pushes for separation of state and religion, I believe it is time to push for separation of science and theosophy.

  5. Bill Right

    200 years ago, one could only theorize that various waves on the EMS existed-as yet not seen; radio waves as an example: but now can be measured, observed, manipulated and harnessed. Just because you can’t see the creator of the uinverse, doesn’t mean that said God does not exist. Just because it appears that the theories of evolution fit the data and make sense to many does not make them so. As you well know, there are theories of creation and the data fit them as well, but the people that prefer the other theory deny that reality. It all boils down to what you want to believe. Using the laws that are observable as an argument against the requirement of faith for the theories of evelution ( as well as creation) such as saying that I dod not believe…because gravity is a fact is in itself circular reasoning at best.

  6. Herman Cummings

    Young Earth Creationists are foolish, and refuse to learn the truth of Genesis. They run for cover, or misquote the scriptures when asked these questions:

    1) Where did the water come from on the first day?
    1a) Why didn’t God say “Let there be a body of water?

    2) Why were the birds created on the fifth day before mankind in chapter one, and created after mankind on the sixth day in chapter two?
    2a) In Genesis 2:18, Gods says that Adam was alone, so
    the “had formed” alibi won’t work.

    3) Why is it that the land animals are created before mankind in chapter one, and after Adam in chapter two?
    3a) No matter how much “focus” you put on history, the sequence
    of events do not ever change, unless there is an error.

    4) Why is it that male and female are created together in chapter one, and the animals are made between them in chapter two?
    4a) Same as 3a

    Instead of accepting and teaching the truth (the Observations of Moses) which answers these questions, they would rather teach false doctrine and misrepresent the Bible, causing more harm than good.
    There was no evolution, because after Creation Week, 4.6 billion years ago, there have been four sets of extinctions and restoration weeks. Mankind has come and gone from the Earth five times, with one more to follow.

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com