Response to Ken Ham
Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.
Last week Ken Ham addressed BioLogos specifically in a blog post, in response to Daniel Hamlin’s testimony told in our blog on October 14th. Reading the two posts side by side highlights some interesting commonalities–both BioLogos and Answers in Genesis are deeply concerned with biblical interpretation and both are concerned about building the faith of young people. But of course we disagree strongly about which interpretation is best, and we each think that the other’s position will actually drive young people away from the church! Yet as much as we disagree, we are still believers together. You can decide for yourself which position is the more faithful response to Scripture and to the created order, and which will best build up the next generation of the church and our witness to the world.
Daniel Hamlin himself offered this gracious reflection:
My intent in writing “Evolution and Faith: My Journey Thus Far” was to serve as a beacon of hope for those struggling at the intersection of faith and science. Too often the creation debate becomes a stumbling block, resulting in casualties among our brothers and sisters in Christ. This stumbling block stands in direct opposition to the simplicity of the Gospel, which at its core is love, God’s love for humankind. When asked about the greatest commandment, Jesus answered “love God, and love your neighbor.” I live within a 4-hour drive of the Creation Museum. Consequently, many in my congregation have visited the museum, and although a few may agree with my position, the majority probably disagree. However, those that disagree still love and accept me, to them I’m not a faceless name on the Internet. It is our love for God, and our love for each other, even those with whom we disagree, that should differentiate us from the world, because without love we are only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.
Our prayer is that the dialogue among Christians about creation and evolution would always be marked by that kind of love.