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A threat to the veracity of scripture?

Perhaps the most well-known and easily understood challenge is to the veracity of scripture. A full exploration of this particular issue would need to make note of the wide variety of positions that can be defended on the origin, reliability and interpretation of the scriptures, but an evolutionary description of history poses some challenge for all position on Biblical origins and authority. At a minimum it must be admitted that the writers of the Old and New Testament refer to the personalities in Hebrew history in ways that suggest they believed they were actual human beings. Of critical importance is Saint Paul’s 1 Corinthians 15 reference to Jesus as the ‘second Adam,’ and his emphasis on the importance of believing in the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection as a factual event. For some commentators this reference can only make sense if Adam was as historical as Jesus. If Adam was an actual person, the question then becomes how much of the Genesis creation account surrounding Adam must also be held to be at least partly historical.

This is an interesting and complex part of the discussion which unfortunately I must set aside.

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A threat to the veracity of scripture?

[1] Does Evolution ‘do the work of a friend’ for the Christian Religion?
Setting the scene - why focus on providence?
[2] Supposed challenges from the evolutionary sciences to theology
Intellectually fulfilled atheists?
A challenge to human uniqueness and status?
A challenge to purpose in creation?
Evolution ‘explains away’ theology?
A challenge to Christian morality?
The challenges in wider context - Darwin as a scapegoat?
[3] The current state of the evolutionary sciences
Different ways of conceptualising Darwinian evolution
Evolution as chance and necessity
Evolution as an algorithm
Evolution as movement within a ‘fitness landscape’
Ongoing debates: contingency versus convergence
Ongoing debates: what are the key causal factors in biological history?
Ongoing debates: the environment as the principle cause?
Ongoing debates: convergence as the principle cause?
Ongoing debates: ‘Universal biology’ as the principle cause?
The importance of moving from evolution as abstraction to particular history
Ongoing debates: directionality and progress
Ongoing debates: the origin of life
Different levels and kinds of selection?
[4] Responses from theology
Evolution, probabilities and providence
Responses from contemporary theologians
Holmes Rolston III
Keith Ward
John Haught
Arthur Peacocke
An increased role for general providence?
Theology of Creation in the light of evolution: three scenarios
[5] Concluding remarks


Adrian Wyard
Adrian M Wyard MSt

See also:

The Relation of Science & Religion
Purpose and Design
The Argument From Design
The Anthropic Principle
Charles Darwin
DNA Double-Helix