The Evolution Creed

On his Jesus Creed blog, Scot McKnight, Professor of Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago, just announced his adoption of an evolutionary creationist perspective! Way to go, Scot! God be with you as you reach others for Christ as well encourage believers toward intellectual honesty.

Here’s an excerpt:

My contention is this: embracing some theory of evolution is one of the logical outcomes of embracing a “go with the evidence” approach I learned from my fundamentalist Bible teachers.

Now, apply that principle to science and the Bible. Go with the evidence. Let it guide you. So, when I got to Genesis 1-11 the evidence led me to think that the interpretation of those texts, the tradition I had received that evolution is a hopper of hooey, was wrong. A good long draft of Enuma Elish and Atra Hasis, two ancient texts about such matters, led me to say, “This is not about history as we would write it.” Scientists prove that either God made the world incredibly old (which makes it look like evolution) or God guided the creation of the earth through evolution. Either way you’ve got evolution. But, the first view makes God something close to a deceiver; the second one makes God a creator-by-evolution.

Enjoy the ensuing discussion as well.

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  1. RBH

    That’s an awfully interesting comment thread, Mike. I’m going to assign it to my undergraduate seminar on the history of the religious and socio-cultural controversies surrounding evolution. My students already know the 19th century roots, and they’ll see them playing out in that thread.

  2. If only I could sit in on your class’ discussion! I would, of course, be interested in their opinions. They are certainly welcome to post here.

  3. Pete

    Yea! That makes two who have come out, McKnight and Waltke. I know of a third, but it was revealed in private correspondence so I will have to sit on it for now.

  4. Hmmmm … Pete Enns, maybe?

  5. Wow, Brian. That’s beautiful! I love the dual finishing line imagery you’ve tacked onto the “breaking point” description! I can only hope/pray that my life can be run arm-in-arm with those who don’t (or choose not to) believe. While I wish those individuals could “see” what I see and maneuver toward my finish line of choice, the fact that they choose not to certainly doesn’t (or shouldn’t) affect the way I run the race with them. I’ll even give them a thumb’s up as they cross their own finish line in hopes that they were satisfied with their own journey.

  6. Brian

    Another wise person completes the run. Good for Scot.

    For some reason made me think of “The Breaking Point.” Paraphrased, the marathon has broken many people who attempt to run it. Those who never try or don’t even understand its difficulty are like the young-earth creationists who refuse to buy their first pair of Nike’s or even know the true purpose of the shoes. Some souls try them on and with great courage make the purchase. They will at least listen. A few even start a meager training program, but quickly abandon it. The ones that show up at 6:30 a.m. on race day and get past the first 5 miles realize the pain is bearable and actually ebbs and flows during the ensuing hours. Dehydration, cramps, blisters—all can be overcome. They begin to see the pain is not permanent nor harmful. They become self-reliant and confident, taking nourishment along the way.

    Then comes the “hitting of the wall”—the breaking point—along mile eighteen, and for some reason, they stop and may collapse. The pain, cramps and blisters are no worse, but something inexplicable—some vague inertia—causes them to stop. What can explain why those who continue to run keep doing so? Who knows. Maybe it’s as simple as conquering fear. At mile twenty-six, only catastrophe is the enemy, but now each person must decide which of the two finish lines to cross. One finish line is for those who will say they could only finish with help from a higher source and the others reject that idea and claim they and they alone are responsible for their journey. I personally have chosen the latter, but hope both the best after the race has been run.

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