RE: [asa] Question for all the theistic evolutionists

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Mon Feb 26 2007 - 13:12:25 EST

Moorad makes a good point, which is often raised when this issue comes up:

>>> "Alexanian, Moorad" <> 02/24/07 10:42 AM >>>
Theistic evolution is a balancing act that few can accomplish and still
fewer master. The fundamental problem is how do you fit Jesus the Christ
in the history of life on Earth? The latter is usually accomplished in
what seems to me a very ad hoc manner.

Ted responds:

I have been convinced (esp by reading such people as John Polkinghorne and
George Murphy, not to mention Asa Gray) that the best overall approach to
this is to hold and to stress an Incarnational theology of creation. That
is, to stress that the world was created by the divine Word of John's
gospel, and that the clearest and best revelation of the identity of the
creative Word is the passion of Christ as reported in the various gospels.
If the world was made by the suffering lamb of God, then it is not very
surprising (to me, at least) that it bears some marks of the crucifixion
within it.

Morad notes in another post that he is not very familiar with TE writings,
so I am not surprised by his view that this is a tough balancing act. My
own view, however, is that such an incarnational approach is not "very ad
hoc" at all, but rather a natural extension of the very sophisticated
theology of the opening chapter of John's gospel.


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