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Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 1

Excerpts from “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution”

We need to hear stories from others who have wrestled with evolution and Christian faith. What arguments made them change their views on science? How did they hold fast to their relationship with God? The essays in this series will eventually comprise a book, provisionally titled, “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution.”

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Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 1

Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 1

I had assumed believing the Bible is inerrant in all ways was the traditional position of Christians throughout the ages. I assumed it was the position of my own Christian tradition. I was wrong.
April 08, 2013 
Thomas Jay Oord 
Biblical Authority, Lives of Faith 
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Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 2

Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 2

It’s one thing to say evolution doesn’t conflict with the Bible’s purpose. It’s another thing to say evolution actually reinforces central biblical truths.
April 09, 2013 
Thomas Jay Oord 
Biblical Authority, Lives of Faith 
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A Fumbling Journey, Part 1

A Fumbling Journey, Part 1

I saw people who were real, kind, loving, complicated and sometimes, just sometimes (at least in my opinion), they were wrong.
May 06, 2013 
Dorothy Boorse 
Lives of Faith 
 
A Fumbling Journey, Part 2

A Fumbling Journey, Part 2

Even being right is not the end goal. Knowledge and being able to fathom mysteries has no meaning apart from love.
May 07, 2013 
Dorothy Boorse 
Lives of Faith 
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The Personal Journey Of A Faith-Filled Scientist

The Personal Journey Of A Faith-Filled Scientist

The conflict does not come from God or nature—we have created the conflict ourselves. Intentionally or not, we often extend science past its natural bounds and use the Bible for questions it does not intend to answer.
September 24, 2013 
David Vosburg 
Evolution & Christian Faith project, Lives of Faith, Science as Christian Calling 
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Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 1

Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 1

It’s eminently easy “in God’s name” to demand things of people as a pre-requirement for acceptance by God—things which Christ himself never demanded.
November 12, 2013 
Richard Dahlstrom 
Lives of Faith, Pastoral Voices 
 
Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 2

Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 2

“Such a paradigm will enable joyful Christ-followers to be wholly engaged in being the presence of hope in our glorious—yet broken—world.”
November 13, 2013 
Richard Dahlstrom 
Lives of Faith, Pastoral Voices 
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Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 1

Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 1

All it took was watching a PBS science documentary, visiting the observatory or attending a planetarium show, or just happening into a scientific conversation with everyday people to remind me that what I believed stood in fundamental conflict with mainstream scientific thought. In effect, I was at war with science.
March 10, 2014 
Stephen Ashley Blake 
Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Lives of Faith 
 
Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 2

Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 2

Poised to accept evolution on scientific terms but still uncomfortable with the supposed contradictions with scripture, I returned to the Genesis creation accounts.
March 11, 2014 
Stephen Ashley Blake 
Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Lives of Faith 
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A True Read on Reality, Part 1

A True Read on Reality, Part 1

Suddenly the question before me, as both a pastor and a psychologist, was what we meant by “mind” or “soul” if those notions were now understood mostly as material brain function.
April 28, 2014 
Daniel Harrell 
Brain, Mind & Soul, Lives of Faith 
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A True Read on Reality, Part 2

A True Read on Reality, Part 2

As a minister, the last thing I want to preach is about a God with no relation to observable reality. If God has nothing to do with actual life as we live it, then ethics function solely on the basis of utility instead of principle.
April 29, 2014 
Daniel Harrell 
Brain, Mind & Soul, Lives of Faith 
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Defending the Truth or Building a Stumbling Block?

Defending the Truth or Building a Stumbling Block?

While my work was not directly focused on evolution, the topic was everywhere around me, just as creationism was part of the culture of the South where I grew up. Confronted almost daily by my ignorance of the science of evolution, I decided to embark on a study. I was confident that if Christianity were true, it could withstand even the toughest questions.
June 24, 2014 
Kathryn Applegate 
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
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So, Do You Believe in Evolution?

So, Do You Believe in Evolution?

While I have known of many people who have been driven away from the Church by controversies related to evolution, I do not personally know of anyone who has embraced Christianity primarily because they were persuaded to reject evolution. While evolutionary theory can be used to support an atheistic explanation for how the world came to be, it does not require that perspective.
July 30, 2014 
Rodney J. Scott 
Biblical Interpretation, Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
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