Re: [asa] Anti-Creationism Lecture

From: Michael Roberts <michael.andrea.r@ukonline.co.uk>
Date: Sun Dec 14 2008 - 15:29:28 EST

This may well be so in the USA (actually it is!!) but not in Britain there
were many who accepted evolution and the VB and Resurrection before the 50s
. e.g William Temple Arch of Can 42-44, G Yarnold (whose books were written
in the 50s and 60s, a clear majority of theologians producing the Cof E
report on Doctrine in 1937. you could also add Karl Barth, Karl Heim.

I am sure if I dug a bit I could find lots more

Michael
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted Davis" <tdavis@messiah.edu>
To: <asa@calvin.edu>; <david.clounch@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:13 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] Anti-Creationism Lecture

>I respond to David's comment below:
>
>>>> "David Clounch" <david.clounch@gmail.com> 12/14/08 1:23 PM >>>
> John,
>
> Are you saying that TE explains the virgin birth and resurrection of
> Jesus
> Christ?
>
> Thanks and Best Regards,
> David Clounch
>
> ***
>
> David,
>
> I don't think this is a well-formulated question. The issue you seem (to
> me) to be getting at, is whether or not a Christian who believes in
> miracles
> such as the virgin birth and the resurrection can consistently accept
> evolution (including human evolution) within a single worldview. Is this
> what you are getting at?
>
> If so, then the answer is Yes, and there are numerous examples of this
> since
> the 1950s. There were, interestingly, either zero or very few examples of
> this in the 1920s, the last time the evolution issue was so hotly
> contested;
> and the absence of such persons at that time, IMO as an historian,
> affected
> adversely the options facing thoughtful Christians. They have more
> genuine
> options now, I would say.
>
> As formulated, your question seems to ask, if taken literally, whether
> "evolution" can "explain" such unique historical events. I very much
> doubt
> that it can, and I think that to ask whether it can is a bit puzzling.
> They
> happened, and they shape the worldview within which I and many other
> Christians understand evolution. In other words, it's the other way
> around,
> reversing the order implicit in your question.
>
> I hope this helps,
>
> Ted
>
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