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

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Today Pastor Richard Dahlstrom stresses the importance of not adding to the Gospel by requiring a particular view of origins. Remembering that God speaks through two books—creation and the Bible—can help us to avoid setting up barriers to faith. Tomorrow, Richard will discuss the importance of “two eyes”—humility and interdependence of God’s two books.

I was talking with some people in my church recently about a significant moment that occurred when their daughter, raised in Christian schools her whole life, came home from college. She’d taken a science course at her Christian university where she encountered, for the first time, a thoughtful and reasoned explanation of evolution—and how, far from being contradictory to the Biblical accounts of creation, there were powerful markers pointing toward harmony.

As internally coherent as all this might have been in a vacuum, the entire experience was devastating to her...

Update (18 May 2016):  This blog post has been truncated because its contents are now copyrighted in the book, How I Changed My Mind About Evolution. The book page and ordering info can be found here.




Dahlstrom, Richard. "Two Books + Two Eyes = Four Necessities for Christian Witness, Part 1" N.p., 12 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 October 2016.


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Richard Dahlstrom

Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA. His most recent book, “The Colors of Hope” was selected by Christianity today as one of the best books of 2011. You can follow his musings on the relationship of faith to everything at

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