What is Theistic Evolution?

Adam and Eve after the fall

God created Adam and Eve - Did he use evolution to achieve this?

Theistic evolution is a religious variation on evolutionism. Theistic evolution is the belief that God used evolution to create mankind. Another expression used is evolutionary creation. Theistic evolution is considered a compatible creation exegesis with regards contemporary scientific interpretations on the subject of biological evolution. Another expression of evolutionary creation is Biologos; a term coined by American scientist Francis Collins.

Evolution = inert matter + random chance + positive mutation + natural selection + death + eons of time.

Theistic evolution = Evolution + God ……. as a single symbolic concatenation, thevolution.

Theistic evolution, although accepted by contemporary Catholic theologians & philosophers, has some serious short comings.

The subtle nature of Theistic evolution

Evolutionary creation posits that God used evolution as a tool for His creation of earthly creatures. Bio-logos is an attempt to reconcile the religious views on special creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. Bio-logos is based on the interpretations of contemporary scientists with regards origins science of mankind. If we accept that God used evolution to create man, what we end up doing is… challenge His omnipotence and His word. We also challenge through our own ignorance what the Church fathers, doctors, saints, councils & popes have proclaimed regarding Special Creation down the centuries. We are insinuating that God cannot be trusted when He claims through Sacred Scripture that He made man on day 6 of the creation account. We have re-interpreted His word, to make it compatible with main stream science interpretations. Theistic evolution may make genuinely good intentioned efforts to reconcile the Word of God with scientific interpretations with regards origins science, but scientists do not necessarily feel the need to reflect on its position. So the load star of science [faith] becomes a loathe star for science, and scientists imprudently goes their own way. This is despite the scientific limitations in regards interpreting origins science investigations. Origins science delves into the historical development of mankind, and is not testable nor repeatable.

Special Creation advocate’s concerns

Special Creation advocates are keen to promote the Catholic Church teachings on origins. This is to help balance Saint John Paul II’s private pronouncements on evolution to the Pontifical Academy of Science in 1996; much publicized by the world media. If Catholics accept evolution as a fact, then we undermine the doctrine of original sin. If we undermine the doctrine of original sin, we undermine the need for redemption. If we undermine the need for redemption, we make Jesus look like a simple do gooder. If we make Jesus look like a simple do gooder, then why do we need the Catholic Church? Catholicism becomes foundation-less if theistic evolution is accepted as a credible interpretational tool. Theistic evolution quietly undermines our faith in God’s Word, while affirming that God does exist. This subtle undermining has probably played a significant role in falling mass attendances in the Western world. This is particularly probable where theistic evolution exegesis goes hand in hand with Catholic school education on Darwin’s theory of evolution. Catholic creationists believe that the interpretations by scientists with regards origins science are flawed. This is because origins science is not testable, nor repeatable, therefore not scientific. Scientists are deciphering evidence on a premise on what is a historical phenomena.

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