Many Christians believe that they face a painful choice-- either life was designed by God or it is an evolutionary product of natural selection. Charles Darwin himself believed in this dichotomy, and people ever since have felt the need to "choose sides". However, looking back at history, we find that one of Darwin's chief scientific colleagues, Asa Gray, did not share this perspective. In this three-part essay, part 1 charts the relationship of Asa Gray and Charles Darwin. Part 2 describes Darwin's struggle with the problem of natural evil and design in nature, and part 3 explores how Asa Gray was able to embrace evolution without rejecting the idea of design.
  • Asa Gray and Charles Darwin, Part 2

    | Sara Joan Miles
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    Asa Gray and Charles Darwin, Part 2 | Sara Joan Miles

    How could an omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent God set up a process that led to struggle for existence? Darwin expected that Design would be without suffering and purpose without pai... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 3
  • Asa Gray and Charles Darwin, Part 3

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    Asa Gray and Charles Darwin, Part 3

    Thus he could accept the elimination of unfavorable variations in the same way he could accept that, for the elect, God could work through suffering. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 3