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Theistic Evolution

Theistic evolution is an accommodation with methodological naturalism. Theistic evolution affirms that unguided natural processes were all that was needed to bring about all of nature.

Theistic evolutionists support the idea that God got the whole system of creation going, but once started, everything developed spontaneously on its own without any input from Him. So, according to this view, when we look at nature, we will only see the evidence of natural processes. Thus, all explanations and interpretations from nature will be the same as those of the secular scientists.

There are many reasons for rejecting theistic evolution. According to this view: Adam and Eve were not the first human beings (and perhaps never existed)-: Adam and Eve were never sinless human beings -: not all people have descended from Adam and Eve since there were thousands of other people around too-: God did not directly act in the natural world to create the different kinds of living things-: God did not rest from his work-: nor did God create an originally “very good” natural world. Any resemblance of theistic evolution to Scripture is very remote indeed.

There are many well-meaning Christians however who believe that God created using evolution. But these people have a problem: “Anyone wanting to reconcile strict Darwinian evolution with theism has a grade-A dilemma on his hands.” Jay W. Richards. 2021. Is Theistic Evolution a Viable Option for Christians? in Dembski, Luskin and Holden (editors) The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith Harvest House Publishers  see p. 436]  Indeed the whole point of theistic evolution is to is to substitute chance for design. The essence of chance is that is has no purpose and no guiding agency. Thus Dr. Richards concludes: “It just makes no sense to speak of God guiding an unguided  process. Logically, something has to give. And to judge from the trajectory of Christian scholars who’ve tried to do this, what usually gives is theology.” [p. 438]

This is clearly not a suitable choice for Christians!

Related Terms

  • Methodological Naturalism
  • Random