At BioLogos, we present the Evolutionary Creationism (EC) viewpoint on origins. Like all Christians, we fully affirm that God is the creator of all life—including human beings in his image. We fully affirm that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God. We also accept the science of evolution as the best description for how God brought about the diversity of life on earth.

But while we accept the scientific evidence for evolution, BioLogos emphatically rejects Evolutionism, the atheistic worldview that so often accompanies the acceptance of biological evolution in public discussion. Evolutionism is a kind of scientism, which holds that all of reality can in principle be explained by science. In contrast, BioLogos believes that science is limited to explaining the natural world, and that supernatural events like miracles are part of reality too.

According to Young Earth Creationism (YEC), a faithful reading of Scripture commits Christians to accepting that the earth is young, between 6,000 and 10,000 years old. YEC claims that Scripture is not compatible with the idea that humans share common ancestry with other life forms on earth, and most YEC proponents feel that evolution is a direct threat to Christianity.

According to Old Earth Creationism (OEC), the scientific evidence for the great age of the earth (4.6 billion years) and universe (13.7 billion years) is strong. This view typically maintains that the days of creation in Genesis 1 each refer to long periods of time. OEC does not accept the common ancestry of all life forms, often opting instead for a theory of progressive creation in which God miraculously created new species at key moments in the history of life.

We at BioLogos maintain that the scientific evidence from many branches of modern science would make little sense apart from common ancestry and evolution. We also believe that the cultural and theological contexts in which Scripture was written are key for determining the best interpretation of the creation accounts.

In contrast to EC, YEC, and OEC, Intelligent Design (ID) does not explicitly align itself with Christianity. It claims that the existence of an intelligent cause of the universe and of the development of life is a testable scientific hypothesis. ID arguments often point to parts of scientific theories where there is no consensus and claim that the best solution is to appeal to the direct action of an intelligent designer. At BioLogos, we believe that our intelligent God designed the universe, but we do not see scientific or biblical reasons to give up on pursuing natural explanations for how God governs natural phenomena. We believe that scientific explanations complement a robust theological understanding of God’s role as designer, creator, and sustainer of the universe.

While Christians differ on their views of the age of the earth and evolution, we all agree on the essentials of the faith: that all people have sinned and that salvation comes only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We agree that the God of our salvation is the same God we see in the wonders of his creation. Whether we ponder the intricacy of DNA, the beauty of a dolphin, or the vastness of the Milky Way, we can lift our hearts together in praise to the divine Artist who made it all.

Further Reading

  • BioLogos Basics

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    BioLogos Basics

    (video series) Short, animated videos introduce mission-centered topics including: “What is BioLogos?”, “Is God the Creator?”, and “How old is the Earth?... Read More >

  • What is Scientism?

    | Thomas Burnett
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    What is Scientism? | Thomas Burnett

    Though coined recently, it is associated with many other “isms” with long and turbulent histories: materialism, naturalism, reductionism, empiricism, and positivism. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Science and the Bible: Assessing the Evangelical Encounter with Evolution

    | Ted Davis
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    Science and the Bible: Assessing the Evangelical Encounter with Evolution | Ted Davis

    Having now completed our study of the five main views about “Science and the Bible” held by conservative Protestants, I conclude with a final column, assessing the whole s... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 22 of 22
  • Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, part 1

    | Jim Stump
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    Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, part 1 | Jim Stump

        I make the daring wager that ultimate reality is personal in nature. It’s possible to accept the evidence for theism or for naturalism without completely flout... Read More >

    Basics PART 1 of 3

Notes

Learn more about evolutionism and scientism

Blog series: Miracles and Science
By Ard Louis
In this five section series, Ard Louis explores the relationship between science and miracles. He indicates the self-imposed limitations of science to discover knowledge while warning against the God-of-the-Gaps explanations. Then, he explains the two types of miracles seen in Scripture: those that are divine timing and those that are violations of the natural. Overall, God sustains natural processes, but, as the master composer, he has the ability to perform miracles as well.
Blog article: What is Scientism?
By Thomas Burnett
Scientism is a rather strange word, but for reasons that we shall see, a useful one. Though this term has been coined rather recently, it is associated with many other “isms” with long and turbulent histories: materialism, naturalism, reductionism, empiricism, and positivism.
 

Learn more about young-earth creationism

Blog article: Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 1
By Ted Davis
This is a very sensitive matter for creationist proponents, who tend to take a dim view of any speakers or seminars (such as this series) that present alternatives without openly condemning them.
 

Learn more about old-earth creationism

Blog series: Discussing Origins: BioLogos, Reasons to Believe, and Southern Baptists
What happens when evolutionary creationists, old-earth creationists, and Southern Baptist theologians sit down publicly and talk about origins? At the 2014 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, these three groups decided to find out. This four-part series is adapted from the three-hour dialogue, entitled "A Conversation on Origins".
 

Learn more about Intelligent Design

By Ted Davis
The term “intelligent design” has been used since at least 1847, in reference to “the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence.” However, the term itself has an interesting history.
Journal article: Is Intelligent Design "Scientific"? (PDF)
By Loren Haarsma
From the American Scientific Affiliation journal, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
 

Learn more about the scientific evidence for evolution

Blog series: Evolution Basics
By Dennis Venema
Written by BioLogos Fellow of Biology Dennis Venema, this series of posts is intended as a basic introduction to the science of evolution for non-specialists.
J.I. Packer, Author of The Evangelical Anglican Identity Problem

BioLogos is leading the way in setting the tone for thoughtful and productive dialogue on the topic of harmony between science and faith.  They are providing the much-needed space for wrestling with the tough questions of life with civility, integrity, and rigor.

- J.I. Packer, Author of The Evangelical Anglican Identity Problem
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