Can you be A Christian and Believe in Evolution?
I mention it because it is becoming increasing clear to me that when it comes to the creation / evolution debate, there is a large number of Christians who are walking in the thought process of the happy thinking pagan - namely "What does it matter?" and "Aren't they compatible, so why worry about it? Be happy." It seems that many Christians are as ignorant of the harm to the faith caused by evolutionary thought as happy thinking pagans are to the reality of God.
Interestingly enough, thoughtful atheists have noticed the incompatibility between evolution and the Christian faith. Evolutionary evangelist Richard Dawkins has commented:
In fact, so many atheists have begun proclaiming the incompatibility between Christianity and Evolution that one blogger - a misguided Christian who believes evolution is true - wrote a blog post titled "Dear atheist friends: Stop saying Christianity and evolution are incompatible." In it he cites other atheists proclaiming the incompatibility such as Jerry Coyne, respected biologist and author of "Why Evolution is True" and former minister turned atheist Mike Aus.
How is it that atheists are arriving at this conclusion sooner than Christians - who should know their own faith better than the atheists? I submit it's due to two primary reasons:
1. Many Christians are like the happy thinking pagans, and simply don't think much about their faith, and don't see how evolution contradicts the core of everything that Christianity teaches. And since since they don't think about it, they don't care about it - out of sight, out of mind.
2. Those who have seen the incompatibility are too afraid of being seen as "scientifically ignorant". Dawkins is widely quoted as having said:
And they don't want to be included in that group, as if the arrogant derision of a deceived person has any significance before God. For these I would advise to have the courage of their convictions and stand up for the truth, if for no other reason than to be mindful of the admonition of the Lord:
For the Happy thinking Christians who see no problems with evolution, or are content with the compromise of theistic evolution, let me list two reasons why the bible believing Christian does not want to be found in that camp.
Why a Christian should not believe in Evolution
1. It's not true
2. The Logical conclusion to accepting evolutionary doctrine is to become an atheist
Atheists are at least consistent when they come to believe in evolution and as a result, conclude there is no God. That was one of the reasons why Darwin came up with evolution - to get God out of the picture. As it turns out, Darwin was just another person angry with God over the death of his daughter, who turned hate toward God into a reason why God (in his mind) didn't exist - though he wouldn't say that publicly.
But being angry with God does not change the fact of his existence, or the truth of what he's done. And it's that truth that is totally incompatible with the evolutionary scenario. Through his word, God has said:
If you believe the evolutionary account of things you must believe that:
Let me be blunt here: the above evolutionary account, can not be held by a bible believing
Christian because it is heretical; and those who hold to it have setup an idol in their lives, putting the unsubstantiated stories
of men who claim to be wise before the testimony of God. Anything that stands in the place of God is an idol. Should a Christian
live with an idol at the core of his worldview?
Clearly, there's more going on here than either the happy thinking pagan, or the happy thinking Christian realizes. Christian: it's time to wake up! People are dying because of the godless theory of evolution. The words of the creator could not be more important: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." The rest the account is just as important it. Read and believe! (Gen 1-3). Now let me close with this final word to the wise:
1. Ravi Zacharias "Engaging the happy pagan"
2. Richard Dawkins referenced from "Atheist Richard Dawkins: evangelical Christians have really sort of got it right"
4. Richard Dawkins Initially in a 1989 book review, re-affirmed in the 2006 article "Ignorance is No
Crime" accessed 5/18/14
5. Dinesh D'Souza "The Evolution of Darwin"
6. Physicists Michio Kaku put it this way:
Michio Kaku, The Universe Episode
"Dark Matter/Dark Energy" TV Documentary, 2008
7. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel
Dennett discussing atheism