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Southern Baptist Voices: Evolution and Death

Southern Baptist Voices: Evolution and Death

This exchange brings together related essays on death in light of evolution and Scripture from Southern Baptist theologian Dr. John Laing. Laing argues that evolutionary theory requires death to play a central role in the creation of new life, but sees Scripture depicting death only "as an invader, disturber of peace, and a force of evil." A BioLogos response is given by Dr. Jeff Schloss.

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Southern Baptist Voices: Evolution and Death

Southern Baptist Voices: Evolution and Death

Baptist theologian John D. Laing observes that in evolutionary thought, death functions as a mechanism for life, playing a vital role in natural selection by rooting out weakness and driving evolutionary development. Laing goes on to argue that this creates tension with Scripture, which depicts death as an invader, disturber of peace, and a force of evil.
August 09, 2012 
John D. Laing 
Problem of Evil 
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Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: A Response to John Laing, Part 1

Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: A Response to John Laing, Part 1

Professor John Laing focuses on what many believers and non-believers alike recognize as perhaps the most significant challenge to faith in God: the problem of natural evil, and in particular, the acrid sting of death.
August 10, 2012 
Jeffrey Schloss 
Problem of Evil 
 
Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: Part 2

Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: Part 2

How could one claim that death was part of creation? One could, because Genesis depicts plants as given for food, and every chomp kills. Robust herbivory—“every green plant for food”— entails real creaturely death.
August 11, 2012 
Jeffrey Schloss 
Problem of Evil 
 
Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: Part 3

Evolution, Creation, and The Sting of Death: Part 3

It is one thing to say that death is primordial; it is another to view it as the central means of creation. The theological uneasiness about this issue ultimately rests not just on an understanding of God’s creative activity, but also on a particular representation of evolution.
August 12, 2012 
Jeffrey Schloss 
Problem of Evil 
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