Elevating and Exhilerating

Recently, I’ve been talking on Facebook about my visceral negative reaction to my daughter having been taught “Creation Science” at another denomination’s Christian Ed program. And I know, I should have seen it coming, but chose to ignore the signs in desperate hope that perhaps different branches of the Christian family tree could play together.

But dinosaurs cohabiting the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve? I just can’t.

I spent some time with one of the leaders of the program that included “Creation Science” and felt like maybe she was waiting for me to apologize for my lack of faith; that believing in evolution was an understandable but regrettable lapse.

And I need to articulate how much it isn’t that I believe in evolution despite what the bible teaches. I believe in evolution because of it. “I find it elevating and exhilerating to discover that we live in a universe that allows the evolution of molecular machines as intricate and subtle as we” said Carl Sagan. Or sang it, when I first heard it, in the Symphony of Science.

That the created order is not static, but constantly dynamic is, I believe, entirely compatable with the God who declares “Behold, I am doing a new thing”. That each species is responding to evolutionary pressures is entirely compatable with the God who delights in abundant life. That each species is, simultaneously, co-creating others by exerting evolutionary pressures, so that living things that share an environment are intertwined ever more deeply in mutually responsive dynamic community is entirely compatable with the God who is three-in-one and one-in-three.

I do not reluctantly, despite my faith, accept the evidence that life is becoming ever more interesting, ever more deeply inter-connected. I do not reluctantly, despite my faith, accept the evidence that more genetic possibilities are tried than could ever succeed. I do not reluctantly, despite my faith, accept the evidence that all things are possible, through mechanisms that are an inevitable result of the fundamental nature of the interactions between living things, the interactions between molecules, the interactions between electrons. I do not reluctantly, despite my faith, accept that the Lord of all of Space and Time has been active in and through both for longer than we’ve been talking about it.

I do not reject “Creation Science” because the theory of evolution has been forced upon me by a fallen and secular society. I reject “Creation Science” because all the evidence suggests that the story of God’s ongoing creation and-recreation of the world, through mechanisms set in place at the beginning of all things, is just so much more beautiful than the ancient Isrealites, for all their wisdom, all their faith, all their compellingly true poetry, could have dreamed.

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4 Responses

  1. I got confused at: “And I need to articulate how much I don’t believe in evolution despite what the bible teaches me about the nature of God and the world.”
    I would suggest: “And I need to articulate how much it isn’t that I believe in evolution despite what the bible teaches me . . .”

    • I am a terrible editor of my own words. Thanks Bill. Edited.

  2. Bravo. Well said. I’ve found myself in the same position several times and my reaction is much the same.

  3. Not to mention that ‘creation science’ isn’t even science. Nice read. See you sometime soon I hope. Or Hogmanay anyway…

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