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Confronting Our Fears, Part 1

Confronting Our Fears

In this series, U.S. Navy Commander Mike Beidler shares his own personal journey from accepting young-earth creationism to embracing evolutionary creationism.

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Confronting Our Fears, Part 1

Confronting Our Fears, Part 1

After a turbulent two-year process, I came to embrace evolutionary creationism as the best scientific and theological paradigm through which to view the natural world and God’s strategy to redeem humanity from the power of sin. But moving from my long-held young-earth creationist position was not an easy journey.
November 12, 2012 
Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
30
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 2: Losing Biblical Authority

Confronting Our Fears, Part 2: Losing Biblical Authority

Throughout my various conversations with fellow believers, the most-mentioned anxiety over accepting an evolutionary creationist paradigm is the fear of losing the Bible as one’s spiritual anchor and source of authority.
November 13, 2012 
Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
77
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 3: Losing Our Savior

Confronting Our Fears, Part 3: Losing Our Savior

If Adam never lived (so the argument goes), sin is illusory, atonement for mankind’s sin is unnecessary, and Jesus’ death is all the more tragic. Because the person of Jesus and His sacrifice are so central to the Christian faith, this is a legitimate fear.
November 19, 2012 
Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
130
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 4: Losing Face

Confronting Our Fears, Part 4: Losing Face

As we continue our tour of fears that confront evangelicals considering evolutionary creation, I’d like to start with an extended (and possibly familiar) quote from Augustine about what’s at stake when we ask, “What if I’m wrong?”
November 26, 2012 
Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
16
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 5: Losing Peace

Confronting Our Fears, Part 5: Losing Peace

Whatever your situation is, treat those who persecute you with love, patience, and understanding, and reassure them of your steadfast devotion to Jesus Christ.
November 30, 2012 
Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
43