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Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople

The six-part series by Dr. Keller considers three main clusters of questions lay people raise with their pastors when introduced to the teaching that biological evolution and biblical orthodoxy can be compatible. As a pastor and evangelist, Keller takes these concerns seriously and offers suggestions for addressing them without requiring believers to adopt a particular view or accept a definitive answer.
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

Many secular and many evangelical voices agree on one ‘truism’—that if you are an orthodox Christian with a high view of the authority of the Bible, you cannot believe in evolution in any form at all. New Atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins and creationist writers such as Ken Ham seem to have arrived at consensus on this.
February 23, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
62
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 2

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 2

The way to take the Biblical authors seriously is to ask ‘how does this author want to be understood?’ This is common courtesy as well as good reading. Indeed it is a way to practice the Golden Rule. We all want people to take time to consider whether we want to be taken literally or not.
March 03, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
7
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 3

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 3

This creates a problem for the Christian layperson if they hear their teachers or preachers telling them that God could have used evolutionary processes to bring about life forms. Evolution as a ‘Grand Theory’ is now being used at the popular level to explain nearly everything about human behavior.
March 09, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
42
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 4

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 4

"One of my favorite Christian writers, C.S.Lewis, did not believe in a literal Adam and Eve, and I do not question the reality or soundness of his personal faith. But my concern is for the church corporately and for its growth and vitality over time. Will the loss of a belief in the historical fall weaken some of our historical, doctrinal commitments at certain crucial points?"
March 16, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
79
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 5

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 5

Some may respond, “Even though we don’t think there was a literal Adam, we can accept the teaching of Genesis 2 and Romans 5, namely that all human beings have sinned and that through Christ we can be saved. So the basic Biblical teaching is intact, even if we do not accept the historicity of the story of Adam and Eve.” I think that assertion is too simplistic.
March 23, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
38
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 6

Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 6

If Adam and Eve were historical figures could they have been the product of EBP? An older, evangelical commentary on Genesis by Derek Kidner provides a model for how that could have been the case.
March 30, 2012 
Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
8