"Aren't evolution and faith in God incompatible? Can a scientist believe in miracles like the resurrection? Actually, I find no conflict here, and neither apparently do the 40 percent of working scientists who claim to be believers. Yes, evolution by descent from a common ancestor is clearly true. If there was any lingering doubt about the evidence from the fossil record, the study of DNA provides the strongest possible proof of our relatedness to all other living things. But why couldn't this be God's plan for creation?"
~ Dr. Francis Collins
Few Christians I know are even trying to understand how evolution might play into the big picture plan and purpose of God. Many Christians are just straining to get used to the idea of evolution, and many more reject it altogether. When believers get past their initial aversion, get comfortable with the new paradigm, and attempt to look at evolution through the eyes of the purposeful Creator, new and exciting vistas open up on a very large, cosmic scale. Francis Collins, the world’s leading geneticist and an evangelical believer tells us that evolution is clearly true. He accepts it as “God’s plan for creation.”
Where are you on this scale below? Please comment!
o Evolution is not compatible with Christianity.
o Evolution might be true, but I’m not convinced.
o Even if evolution is true, it would not effect Christian theology.
o The evidence for evolution is powerful, and I am trying to adjust my thinking, to understand how it fits into my faith.
o I am comfortable with evolution and common descent.
o I am comfortable with evolution and common descent, and actively exploring how this truth impacts Christian theology.