The “fall” of humanity, as some Christians understand it, completely dependent on Augustine’s misreading of one verse in the book of Romans.
Christianity & Evolution
The fact that evolution causes a theological problem does not mean evolution is wrong. It means we have a theological problem.
To reject evolution on Christian grounds would be to claim some superhuman insight into scientific matters that can only be described as idiosyncratic bordering on delusional, to misunderstand the nature of Scripture they are trying to protect, and to sport a heretical Christology that doesn’t take seriously Jesus’s full humanity.
Simply put, seeing the need to move beyond biblical categories is biblical—and as such poses a wonderful model, even divine permission—shall I say “mandate”—to move beyond the Bible when the need arises and reason dictates.
Today’s post is the second of two by Matthew Nelson Hill (see first post here). Matthew’s first book, Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection, recently came out with IVP-Academic. These posts are taken from his follow-up book (IVP, in progress) that deals with the practical implications of understanding evolution for the Christian life. ********** We […]
Today’s post is by Matthew Nelson Hill (PhD Durham University) of Spring Arbor University (Michigan), where he is director of the E.P. Hart Honors Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Theology. Matthew’s first book, Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism and the Quest for Wesleyan Perfection, recently came out with IVP-Academic. I know. So far this guy […]
Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . Much of the confusion, hand-wringing, angst, and raised hackles comes from failing to ask of ourselves a simple question: what do we have the right to expect from the biblical origins texts, namely the story of Adam? I argue in The Evolution of Adam that, far from “attacking” the Bible, information from […]
I just caught a 2015 article scrolling down my Facebook feed by Orthodox theologian (and walking thesaurus) David Bentley Hart. The article is called “Traditio Deformis,” and in it Hart explains in no uncertain terms, and with his usual wit and punch, that St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) really screwed up our understanding of the story of the “fall” of […]
I believe that evolution explains human origins, even if there is always more to learn. I believe this for the same reason I believe the earth is round and billions of years old, the universe is immense and billions of years older, that there are atoms and subatomic particles, that galaxies number in the billions with billions of stars […]
I’ve been participating for years in discussions about evolution and Christianity, and I think I see more clearly what accounts for the deeply held, visceral, differences of opinion about whether Adam was the first man or whether Adam is a character in a story. The reason for the differences is not simply that people have different theological systems […]