In this exhaustive series, Pete Enns begins with this question concerning the science and faith discussion among the Evangelical community: “How do our various theological traditions contribute to or hinder the dialogue between evolution and our Christian faith?” It all stems from the specific way in which one interprets Scripture. Though all traditions have an important voice in the matter, Enns specifically looks at that of Calvinism’s due to its wide impact on Evangelical thought. He explains John Calvin’s unique approach to interpreting Scripture and then demonstrates its impact on the conversation between Christianity and science. Furthermore, he looks at how Old Princeton thought has influenced Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism. He also explores ways in which these interpretative methods have been applied. He then highlights the hermeneutical strategies of the theologian B.B. Warfield, who took seriously the incarnation and thus the “human side” to Scriptures. In light of these strategies and interpretational tools provided by Calvinistic thought, he views the creation stories of Genesis in their historical, ancient Near Eastern context.
  • Theological Traditions and the Dialogue with Evolution

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        Evangelicals often have widely different opinions on how evolution and Christianity can be in conversation—indeed, whether that conversation can happen at all.... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism | Pete Enns

        Calvinism has been a dominant Protestant theological tradition since its teachings were first systematically articulated by John Calvin (1509-64). It is known for it... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 2

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        Calvin sought to respect the context of the Old Testament while also realizing that Christ makes a difference in how one appropriates the Old Testament. This, I woul... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 3

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        If God wishes to speak to us, he must bridge this gulf by descending into our world and speaking our language. In other words, God accommodates himself to our abilit... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 3

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 3 | Pete Enns

        If God wishes to speak to us, he must bridge this gulf by descending into our world and speaking our language. In other words, God accommodates himself to our abilit... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 4

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        How do the Old and New Testaments relate to each other, especially when we try to respect each in their historical context ? Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 5

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 5 | Pete Enns

        We know that the Israelites were not the first to make this deduction, but Babylonian and Egyptian stories were there long before. This, of course, raises the perenn... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 6

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 6 | Pete Enns

        John Calvin was not a Calvinist. Many of the marks of Calvinism today are theological developments intended by Calvin’s followers to maintain trajectories that... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism , Part 7

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism , Part 7 | Pete Enns

        There were three intellectual challenges to Christianity in the nineteenth century: European Higher Criticism, Biblical Archaeology, and Evolution. These issues were... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism , Part 7

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism , Part 7 | Pete Enns

        There were three intellectual challenges to Christianity in the nineteenth century: European Higher Criticism, Biblical Archaeology, and Evolution. These issues were... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 8

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 8 | Pete Enns

        Old Princeton was very keen to defend the essential historical value of the Old Testament, but that does not mean that its scholars were oblivious to the need to tre... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 9

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    Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 9 | Pete Enns

        This may seem like a rather obvious statement from our vantage point, but in Green’s day, reading the Bible in its historical context was a cause of concern fo... Read More >

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  • Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 10

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    Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 10 | Pete Enns

        With Christ, his humanity is essential to who he is. Likewise, the Bible’s “human side” is an essential part of what Scripture is, and recognizing ... Read More >

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  • Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 11

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    Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 11 | Pete Enns

        In fact, when we turn to these Dutch Calvinists, we see that they were actually critical of their own tradition for failure to develop an “organic” doctr... Read More >

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  • Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 13

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    Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 13 | Pete Enns

        What Machen may not have fully appreciated is how the Jewish background of Paul specifically and the New Testament in general can wind up being a theologically reori... Read More >

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  • Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 15

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    Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 15 | Pete Enns

        I would like to suggest one specific area in which a Calvinist approach to Scripture could, in principle, be employed with great profit in moving forward in how Chri... Read More >

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