Re: [asa] A Message from the RTB Scholar Team (fwd)

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Thu Apr 17 2008 - 19:46:56 EDT


On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 7:05 PM, George Murphy <> wrote:

> & that would work best - & be most coherent theologically - if their
> apologetic focussed on Christ instead of Genesis.
> Shalom
> George
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> *From:* David Opderbeck <>
> *To:* Stephen Matheson <>
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> *Subject:* Re: [asa] A Message from the RTB Scholar Team (fwd)
> Or acknowledge that there is no alternative that "fits" at present but
> that it's "ok" to wait for one.
> As I've been up and down with these things, and as I've talked with
> friends in the evangelical community, there seems to be very little chance
> of evolution gaining even the bit of traction that old earch creationism has
> gained in some quarters. I've been optimistic at times, but maybe not now.
> The reaction is so deep and visceral. And honestly, I'm not entirely
> convinced that the narrative of orthodox Christian faith and that of human
> evolution can be reconciled. (No intention of suggesting heresy here by
> anyone and no slight intended to the creative theological work folks like
> George do -- just my own little mind's limitations maybe.)
> But what I'd really love to see, at least, are some credible evangelical
> voices do what Steve suggests and then say, you know what, it's ok if we
> don't have this particular thing figured out yet. This would require a
> shift in apologetics -- a willingness to say to the skeptic, "you got me, I
> have no idea how to put that one together -- but I think I can put enough
> other things together that faith in Christ is warranted even while I leave
> this thing on the shelf for now."

David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
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