Religion, Philosophy: Evolution and the Bible

Self-tutoring about new ideas surrounding Evolution: can Christianity incorporate it?

When I was a kid, the world was divided between evolutionists and creationists. The creationists believed in the Bible and didn’t believe in evolution.

Such a dichotomy might be passé, however: some Christian thinkers seem ready to include evolution as part of history, and even suggested by the Bible. The key line that suggests it: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7, KJV).

One interpretation of this is indeed evolution: Adam formed from the dust, by the hand of God, through the process of evolution. Perhaps the breath of life refers to spiritual awareness; thus “man became a living soul.” Eve, formed from Adam’s rib, shared spiritual awareness.

Evolution seems of growing concern among Christians who are always looking for evidence of the hand of God. There is now such thing as a Christian evolutionist.

For about the last two centuries, many people have felt that science has been gradually (or sometimes quickly) demystifying nature; might virtually all physical matters be explained, in time?

Simultaneously, perhaps, Christian thinkers have taken a parallel challenge: might the living world be understood from the Bible?

I encountered the Christian connection to evolution at the YouTube channel Faith & Reason. It’s a 3 minute video.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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