Re: Methodological naturalism

Terry M. Gray (
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 10:59:34 -0700

Come on, Paul. Answer the question. It's obvious that people can come up
with many ways that Christianity can be negated. But is it a necessary


>Allan Harvey asked:
>>Paul Nelson, are you willing to make such a statement? Does the
>>theory of evolution, if true, negate Christianity, or not? It seems
>>like such a simple question to be dodged so many times.
>In November last year, I lectured at Whitworth College in Spokane.
>During my visit, Steve Meyer showed me a paper written by a former
>student of his, now studying at Fuller Seminary under the tutelage
>of Nancey Murphy.
>The subject of the paper was how Christians need to reconcile the
>doctrine of original sin with neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory.
>The author argued that neo-Darwinism is true, and that whatever is
>true cannot contradict the Bible. Therefore the doctrine of original
>sin, he said, needs a thorough-going revision.
>Which this young man then provided. In their natural state, he wrote,
>humans are good and capable of perfection, because a holy God would
>not have employed an evolutionary process which was intrinsically evil.
>Only by not living up to our full evolutionary potential do we "commit
>sin," and indeed this is what it means to "fall short of the glory of God."
>How does that strike you, Allan? Does the theory of evolution, if true,
>negate Christianity, or not?
>Paul Nelson

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