Theistic Evolution: A Christian Alternative to Atheism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
The evolution controversy is rife with alternatives. Like a giant buffet
dinner, we have sitting before us a feast of alternative explanations for the
origin of species. Depending on your tastes, one can dine on atheism,
creationism, intelligent design, or theistic evolution.
What makes selection less than enjoyable, however, is the stern frown on the
faces of the maitre d and waiters,
who are self-appointed food critics. They tell us that Christians dare not eat
anything flavored with Darwinism! They tell us that only creationism or
intelligent design fits the Christian diet, that everything else is poisoned
with natural selection. Despite the large size of the buffet table, our choices
become limited. That takes some of the fun out of our grazing and tasting just
for the experience of it.
Worse, the maitre d has secretly
removed from the buffet some of the most delectable choices. Quite
specifically, theistic evolution has been removed and hidden. The Christians
coming for dinner are hardly even aware that theistic evolution is available,
and that it might even be to their liking.
We, Marty and Ted, the authors writing this Theological Brief, have deliberately tasted every item on the menu.
We talked with the cooks who prepared each dish. Weve carefully examined the
What tastes best, in our judgment, is theistic evolution. We recommend that
Christians reading this theological brief do the following: pile your plate
with a large serving of theistic evolution and experiment to see if it might
fit your taste. If it does, frown back at the maitre d.
Why do we get a bad taste from Atheism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design?
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| Contributed by: Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters