Dr. Bierle, why were you previously committed to macroevolution?
In a word, I was indoctrinated. My high school, college, and graduate school education was all based in evolutionary texts and teachers. Some of them were good people and good teachers, but they too were products of indoctrination. Public science education, museums, national parks, children’s cartoons, movies, and books all join together to present to everyone today that macroevolution is scientifically proven. I felt I had no choice. [Read more…]
What difference does one’s view of origins really make?
Human dignity and worth are lost if we are merely products of chance and evolved from apes. We are cosmic accidents and do not know why we are here.
In contrast, we have dignity and great value if we are specially and purposely created by a personal God in His image and likeness. Furthermore, the fact that there is final accountability to our Creator means our lives (thoughts, actions) have meaning and are significant.
Finally, there is ultimate justice (righteousness will be rewarded, evil will be punished) and our destiny is not a mystery—there is life after death.
Can you be a Christian and believe in the Bible, and still believe in evolution, too?
The Bible is clear that becoming a Christian (salvation) is a gift based solely on faith in the person of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose again to conquer death (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 5:11-13). A particular view of origins is not a condition for becoming or being a Christian. (See “Becoming New in Christ.”)
In my presentation “Why I Believe… in Creation,” (available on our YouTube® channel) I made it clear that microevolution (adaptation) of organisms is observable in nature and not in conflict with Christian faith or the Bible. Indeed, it gives credit to a God who creates with intelligence and wisdom. [Read more…]
Why do Christians hold different views about creation?
First, there are some Christians who have a weak view of the inspiration of Scripture as revealed by God. As a result they feel that some of the Bible is legend, has errors, and does not need to be read literally (especially Genesis). These are the people who often take the most interpretational liberties with Genesis, and their origin theories are viewed by others as compromising the doctrine of inspiration and Christian theology. [Read more…]
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