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Jijo Joseph wrote:

Hi, guys —


I have a few questions regarding Creation/Evolution.

  • Should I be a creationist or a theistic evolutionist?
  • What side should I take?

Darwin formulated the theory of evolution to eliminate God from the realm of biological origins.

  • Is it not philosophically inconsistent to marry God (Theism) with evolution (Naturalism)?
  • If God created using the mode invented to make Him unnecessary, how can God's eternal power and godhead be clearly seen in creation, as Romans 1:20 says?

If God created an evolutionary world, then the existing earth is, as it always has been, and as God intended it to be.

The Bible says, God is good. (Psalm 136:1)


  { Should I be a creationist or a evolutionist and isn't it inconsistent to marry God with Evolution? }

John replied:

Dear Jijo,

Thank you for your question.

Creationism encompasses a variety of views. The most common view takes the Genesis account extremely literally as though it was narrated verbatim as exact history.

That's highly problematic. According to that theory the universe is only a few thousand years old. There is too much scientific evidence to the contrary.

The Church is not dogmatic about this, meaning this is not a doctrinal issue. You are free to believe:

  • in Theistic Evolution or
  • that at some point in history, God just created man . . . separate from any evolutionary chain. That's an Creationist point view that doesn't deny the obvious science about the age of the universe and so forth.

My personal position is that I'm not sure. I accept the science about the age of the universe. There is also good and solid evidence for some form of evolution . . . so I don't reject it.

What you want to avoid is taking the Genesis narrative as a scientific and absolutely historical account, because it was never meant to be that type of account. People who spend their time trying to prove it is, or isn't, too often miss the really important and profound theology of the passage.

I hope this helps,


John DiMascio

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