Is it perfectly reasonable to believe in both God and evolution?

David Hodgson writes: The answer : Yes of course it is. So affirms Charles Taylor the 2007 winner of the Templeton Award, the top global prize for progress towards research or discoveries about spiritual realities. This is brilliant news. Charles Taylor is one of my favourites writers on philosophy and ethics. I have quoted him several times in sermons. One of his most accessible books is The Ethics of Authenticity, published in 1993. Read this interview with Charles Taylor
here

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4 thoughts on “Is it perfectly reasonable to believe in both God and evolution?

  1. Mark

    As a Bible believing Christian I find believing in evolution and Christianity utterly and totally incompatible. In fact, they are completely and diametrically opposed and cannot both be true. Either God did create the world and all that it is in it, or it evolved. Contrary to popular belief there is absolutely no scientic proof that supports a neo-darwinian belief, which leaves the believer requiring pure faith, and much of it at that. Despite that fact that over 90% of the scientific community believe evolution to be true, they also once believed the earth was flat. They were wrong then and are wrong now. Perhaps David Hodgson would provide some information behind his reasoning that makes him believe what he believes because I personally find it fantastically difficult to believe in evolution AND creation. I wait in anticipation.

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  2. David Hodgson

    I also believe the Bible. I believe what it tells me about the character of God and his love in Jesus Christ. I do not believe that it gives me more information about the way the world works than any other book. For information about how the world works I look to the evidence of observeable phenomena and the best theories which fit with these. The current theories about evolution may not be the final explanation of how life on earth developed but to me as a layman it fits with the observeable phenomena well enough. I believe God’s creative love originated and sustains everything there is and I see no incompatiblity in believeing this and also beleiving that the way this has happened has been through the formation of galaxies,stars, planets and eventually the increasingly conplex development of life on earth from simple organisms to the human body which is the most awesome of all that God has created. This may have taken 13 million years to date but God has plenty of time!
    By the way Mark – your choice of example is a strange one _ i Mean about the world being flat. It is clear from a close reading of the biblical texts (and not only Genesis) that bible authors believed the world was a flat plate with a dome of sky above and water beneath. They had no idea that it is a large round ball orbiting the sun. As a bible believing Christian why are you then happy to believe the world is not flat when it is pretty clear that’s what the bible tells us?

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  3. Mark

    David you and I could debate this thing particular subject at length and as a fellow Wokingham resident I would be more than happy to do so in person. You can choose whether you would like to do this. However I will resond to your last post; I note your statement ‘I also believe the the Bible’ with great interest. The Bible says in Genesis ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’. It then goes on to state how the plants, animals etc came to be on the earth. In my limited knowledge that should be enough to answer the age old question of how life began, especailly if you are a Bible believing person. As for the adaptation of species – I do believe that species have adapted and changed depending on where and when they lived/live, and I believe that this is not to be confused with evolution, or what is called darwinian or macro evolution, both empirically and scientifically vacouos.My reasoning for bringing up that the world was flat was because for hundreds of years man believed that it was flat. Not all Bible authors believed the world was flat – Isaiah 40:22 refers to the ‘circle of the earth’. Perhaps if man had sought God on this matter he would not have believed what he did? In the same light if Christians really sought God on the evolution/creation debate and if they really do believe that the Word of God IS what it claims to be then there can be no doubting creation. In Numbers 23:19 it states that God cannot lie. Clearly, in the evolution/creation debate someone is lying. Who do you put your money on? The choice is yours.

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  4. Mark

    David you and I could debate this thing particular subject at length and as a fellow Wokingham resident I would be more than happy to do so in person. You can choose whether you would like to do this. However I will resond to your last post; I note your statement ‘I also believe the the Bible’ with great interest. The Bible says in Genesis ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’. It then goes on to state how the plants, animals etc came to be on the earth. In my limited knowledge that should be enough to answer the age old question of how life began, especailly if you are a Bible believing person. As for the adaptation of species – I do believe that species have adapted and changed depending on where and when they lived/live, and I believe that this is not to be confused with evolution, or what is called darwinian or macro evolution, both empirically and scientifically vacouos.My reasoning for bringing up that the world was flat was because for hundreds of years man believed that it was flat. Not all Bible authors believed the world was flat – Isaiah 40:22 refers to the ‘circle of the earth’. Perhaps if man had sought God on this matter he would not have believed what he did? In the same light if Christians really sought God on the evolution/creation debate and if they really do believe that the Word of God IS what it claims to be then there can be no doubting creation. In Numbers 23:19 it states that God cannot lie. Clearly, in the evolution/creation debate someone is lying. Who do you put your money on? The choice is yours.

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