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.