“The Bible does not claim a unified, monolithic portrait of creation. Its descriptions vary from text to text, as do its literary styles. It expresses how the material and human world came into existence, but its real message is not those external details but its insights into the nature of divinity, humanity, and the world.”
“Perry’s comment to the child in South Carolina that evolution is “just a theory” is scientifically false and intellectually incurious. Evolution is as much a theory as the Theory of Relativity or the existence of gravity. Perry has a problem with evolution because his understanding of his religion does not square with the advances of science.”
“In theory, if not always in practice, past Christian theologians valued science out of the belief that God created the world scientists study. Augustine castigated those who made the Bible teach bad science, John Calvin argued that Genesis reflects a commoner’s view of the physical world, and the Belgic confession likened scripture and nature to two books written by the same author.”
My main contention with this article is the author’s disregard for the historical evolution of religion. I mean, for anything to remain relevant it has to adapt to the changes within the society that it operates. Also, and this will show my issue with surveys and stats, the youth who may reject religion now may “evolve” into “religious” adults. It is wrong to assume that both religion and a person’s religious beliefs (negative or positive) remain static. With all that said, it is still a decent article.
A “theistic evolutionist”: a Christian who accepts Darwin’s theory along with evidence that the earth is billions of years old.
“Evolution Weekend has become an opportunity for such a diverse group of people to come together and celebrate what they have in common: love for their religion and respect for science.”
Science and religion: a complementary combination?