Re: [asa] Believing Scripture but Playing by Sciences Rules

From: Gregory Arago <>
Date: Tue Feb 13 2007 - 09:23:40 EST

Thank you for this post, Terry. Such honesty about the acceptability of having a divided mind about evolution is refreshing to hear.

  Can I ask you if you think 'human evolution' is a question/topic that should be asked/raised solely in natural sciences or elsewhere in the academy as well?
  One small quibble would be to point out that neither science nor scripture 'speak for themself.' They are interpreted by human beings (or really clever animals, in the former case), thus the terms 'single hermeneutic' and 'double hermenuetic.' E.g. P. Clayton says: "even the natural sciences are hermeneutical." ( (I enjoyed the poke at process philosophers near the end.)
  Note: Clayton's book on Arthur Peacocke, "A Naturalistic Christian Faith for the 21st Century" comes out this year, in case anyone here might be interested in the issue of Christian Naturalism or Naturalistic Christianity.
"Terry M. Gray" <> wrote:
  Ok, ok. I confess!

So I too believe in and strive for a unity of knowledge. But I too,
when it comes to human evolution, have a somewhat divided mind. I've
called it "cognitive dissonance". I see nothing wrong with the
scientific arguments for human evolution. I am also convinced that scripture teaches a special creation of Adam and Eve (perhaps not necessarily their bodies). On the surface (and well under the
surface) those two views are at odds with each other. I've struggled
over the years with you all and with the churches that I've been
associated with to find a suitable solution that satisfies both. I've
yet to hear of one (sorry to both Glenn and Dick--you've yet to
convince me). Thus, I remain in this state of having a divided mind
on this--I let the science speak for itself (and I fully believe that
my science and it's methodology is rooted in a Christian worldview)
and I let the scripture speak for itself (of course, within a certain
theological and exegetical tradition that I also am convinced is sound).
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