The E-Word: Evangelicals and Evolution

I just watched an excellent TEDx Talk (17 minutes long) by a Christian biologist, April Maskiewicz, of Point Loma Nazarene University, on evangelicals and evolution.

She tells her own story of first rejecting Christianity because of the popular narrative that she had to choose between God and evolution (as competing worldviews), then coming to faith in Christ, while being an evolutionist.

She lucidly explains, then compassionately dispels, three myths often held by evangelical Christians about evolution.

Myth #1: All Christians think the same way as I do about evolution.

Myth #2: Evolution means “without a creator.”

Myth #3: If humans evolved from a common ancestor, this makes us less special.

It’s well worth watching.

This is the link to the talk.

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2 thoughts on “The E-Word: Evangelicals and Evolution

  1. An attractive talk and an engaging speaker. She’s right to be concerned about the burden laid on Christian youth by the God-or-Evolution dilemma.
    A short talk can’t handle everything – but i) the fossil record (like today’s natural world) may indeed give us cause to admire the Creator, but the fossil record worries the wisest and most expert evolutionists by its failure rather than its success in supporting their case, S J Gould being the most candid.
    Then, ii) our being ‘special’ as humans is a matter of appointment to image the Creator rather than capacity. (Dementing seniors and screaming neonates carry that appointment without much capacity.)
    And iii) Jesus died on the Cross and was raised on the third day so that ALL things, whether in heaven or on earth, might be reconciled to God. That amply evidences a ‘specialness’ in all creation, the cosmos that God so loved that……

    • David, I entirely agree with your second point (about the human vocation, not capacity) and especially with your final point (about the cosmic effects of the cross). I actually thought that the three reasons she gave for thinking that humans are special apply not just to humans but to the entire creation (having just preached this past Sunday, where the lectionary included Psalm 148 and Revelation 21).

      I’m not quite sure what you mean about the fossil record in your first point. As this blog post (https://musingsonscience.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/the-genes-agree-the-answer-is-no/) indicates, there are plenty of transitional forms. As the author points out, genetics has typically corroborated what paleontologists thought about the fossil record, though it corrected some things too.

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