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A Culture War

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September 1, 2009 Tags: Christianity & Science - Then and Now
A Culture War

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

The discussion surrounding evolution is often marked by the loud voices of opposing sides. To some, evolution represents a challenge to morality and religion that must be fought head on. They agree with leading anti-evolutionist Henry Morris, who wrote that "evolutionism is the proximate cause of the world's evils, for it is the basic belief and deceptive tool of Satan." To others, it is religion that poses a problem for humanity. Science alone, they argue, can answer the deepest questions of humanity, and those who look to the supernatural for such answers must be, as Richard Dawkins put it, "ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked)."

Why does evolution bring out so many attacks from each side? Is it proof that science and religion can never see eye-to-eye? In his book Saving Darwin, Karl Giberson proposes another reason why the debate surrounding evolution is marked with such loud opposition:

"The answer is, quite simply, that evolution has become the focal point of a culture war, which means that the goal of the protagonists is to win, not to discover the truth. Conceding minor points to your opponents, using inoffensive language, working out compromises, and finding middle ground are simply not allowed. Too much is at stake for such wussy pussyfooting."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 - Saving Darwin, p. 172

The good news is that not everyone subscribes to the extreme views of the propagators of this culture war. BioLogos believes that there is harmony between science and religion. While evolution cannot be separated from its complex ties to this culture war, it is in no way proof of an incompatibility between these two important sources of truth.

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Rev. Scott Mapes - #47211

January 14th 2011

One irony which I have noted in the debate is the charge of deism that is leveled against those with an evolutionary view.  This may be true of some, but what can be more deistic (among Christian worldviews) than to say that creation took place during a brief time at the beginning of the universe and that nothing that has happened then can be properly be called “creation”?  It seems to me that the Biologos view better acknowledges a Creator Who continually involves Himself in HIs creation.

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