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It was a moment of crisis in my faith. As a young doctoral student in astrophysics, I had just read some work by Stephen Hawking that would eventually go into his classic A Brief History of Time. Up to this point in my Christian life, I had relied ...

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audrey ruth

April 01, 2013  10:32pm

Linda, indeed we as believers should always be progressing "from glory to glory", as the Lord showed Paul and Peter. That kind of changing/evolving is always good. :)

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Linda Repka

March 31, 2013  1:45pm

I would like to respond to your comment regarding evolutionism and evolutionists with respect and agreement. However, just as is mentioned in Colossians 4:12, Ephesians 4:14-15, as well as many other Bible verses, which speak of our growth as mature believers, moving beyond the basics of believing and into living as evidence of our growth in faith, I am sure you understand that I was speaking of the word "evolving", with forward movement in development, growth, and progress in mind, verses evolutionism, which is a belief system of the origin of live species.

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audrey ruth

March 31, 2013  4:21am

Evolutionism denies God's Word. Whatever one believes about the origin of life and what has happened since is a matter of faith. One who is an evolutionist exalts man's word above God's, takes man's word by faith since no man was there to see and record the origin of life. One who believes God's Word exalts His Word above man's. He takes God's Word by faith since God WAS there to see the origin of life (indeed, He IS the Originator of all life). The Lord has given us a record of how everything which exists had its beginning, and He's confirmed that Word many times in the OT and the NT. There is no reason to doubt His Word at any point. The NT speaks of "science falsely so-called". When science is divorced from the Creator, science falsely so-called is the inevitable result.

Linda Repka

March 30, 2013  8:59am

For me, if I’m going to share in a theological conversation, this is an exact example of one I find fulfilling. Thank you for putting your thoughts to paper. I believe that evolution without God is change moving towards death; it is simply growing and changing without hope that life goes beyond this life of striving. However, as this mirrored world always has counterparts, evolution with God is change moving towards life everlasting. Evolving with God is spiritual growth, and thus a movement towards death of the human self and life through the Holy Spirit within. It is surrender to God through the example of Love in the flesh provided to us by Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit He left within those who voluntarily choose to believe, thereby; moving those who voluntarily choose a relationship with their Creator, towards one way of being, one truth…as it is in Heaven~

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audrey ruth

March 24, 2013  1:27am

If God be God, then He could just as easily have created all that exists in six nanoseconds as in six days. Remember, all He did to create almost everything was simply to SPEAK it into existence. It is clear in Exodus and elsewhere that He created all that exists in six days and rested on the seventh to set the precedent for man to do the same. We see in Genesis and the NT that death entered the world along with sin when Adam disobeyed God; thus, we know that created beings were not dying for eons before man arrived on the scene. Jesus confirmed OT events from Creation onward over and over and over again. Some people who say they believe in Jesus scoff at those events -- how is it that they ignore His own Word about those events? Didn't Jesus Himself emphasize that "Nothing is too hard for God"; "Nothing shall be impossible with God"? The NT speaks of "science, falsely so-called". When science is divorced from the Creator, science falsely so-called is the inevitable result.

Samuel Mahaffy

March 22, 2013  4:51pm

Thank you for an insightful and articulate article that moves beyond the simplistic rhetoric of 'creation' vs. 'evolution.' This rhetoric has needlessly alienated many young (thinking) Christians from their Christian heritage. We need to emphasize God the 'sustainer' fully as much as God the 'creator'. God's re-creation is unfolding through the redemptive work of Christ. It is through this re-creation that have life, breath and hope every day.

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Marilyn Melzian

March 21, 2013  11:55am

Jonathan--David's statement that the creation is ultimately good does not mean that it is not in need of redemption, but refers to the Christian belief that matter itself is not evil, as was claimed by many other ancient believe systems. Nor does it mean that because humanity is part of the material world and the material world is called good by God that we are not in need of redemption.

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Martin Jacobs

March 20, 2013  10:13pm

Good article. I continue to be astounded at the audacity of the Christian Gospel in placing us, human beings, in a position that can actually perceive and comprehend the Creator (which is, as far as we know at present, unique in the entire cosmos). This comes from being made in His image, and that the One who sustains creation (and gives it a "beginning" and an "end") is One who is visible to us in the human being, Christ Jesus. What is man, that you are mindful of him (Psalm 8:4)? Apparently, someone that can see and reflect the Creator's glory, which is what we do through the sciences, arts, engineering, acts of compassion, justice, even down to the unseen, supposedly trivial things we do. We are not the accidental intruders in a purposeless universe that Atheism would have us believe. The doctrine of the Creator and creation elevates us, and envelopes us in a way that ought to awe us into worship, as the author rightly points out.

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Steve Males

March 20, 2013  6:35pm

Well balanced and thoughtful treatment of this subject. It seems obvious to me that God's Creation invites observation and discovery, indeed that God delights in human discovery of "how things work." As Wilkinson points out, God is glorified by our delving into his Creation even when (some of us) refuse to acknowledge his handiwork; each discovery, even each hypothesis, even "quantum fluctuations," or whatever may be the latest quest for the explanation of everything, is incapable of disproving a Creator. As Wilkinson implies, in discovering what was intended by God to be discovered, we worship the Creator, even if inadvertently. For the believer, string theory, multiple universes, etc., etc., should they ever be (somehow) established as viable mechanisms of Creation, should simply add to our delight, as well as our Creator's delight, by virtue of their discovery. That everything inheres in Christ adds the layers of meaning, purpose and hope so absent from all other explanations.

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Tom Nash

March 20, 2013  5:15pm

Most people, including Christians, are at best, average in their knowledge of science. I've found it to be a futile endeavor trying to convince smart unbelievers to embrace creationism/intelligent design. They will always stump me with tough questions that I'm not smart enough to answer. So, for me, it's best to avoid the scientific debates and instead move the conversation toward Jesus, who is the ultimate answer for humanity's biggest problems. The sooner we can get the focus on Christ, our Lord and Savior, the better it is for all. Why get sidetracked by endless debates that are not essential for salvation?

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Jonathan Bradford

March 20, 2013  2:27pm

"If the same God who created the world has redeemed it, then creation, despite its present bondage to sin and decay, must ultimately be good. Otherwise, it would not have been worth redeeming." By the same logic, since God redeemed me, I must ultimately be good! Therefore, I didn't need redemption in the first place, and all the stuff in the bible about the depravity of humanity must be wrong! Thanks! Honestly - this is just so wrong. God redeems things for Himself, both creation and His people, even though that are specifically not worthy in and of themselves. And He does it for His glory, not for the glory of the redeemed. Unfortunately, this article is the type of pseudo-theological mess you get into when you give up a biblical doctrine of creation - you start giving up other biblical doctrines as well.

Roger McKinney

March 20, 2013  1:34pm

Wilkinson: “My belief in the existence and nature of a Creator God comes from his own self-revelation in Jesus.” Science does not deny creation; scientists do. Those same scientists deny the divinity, virgin birth, miracles and resurrection of Christ. Wilkinson: “In Colossians, Paul proclaims that in Jesus, "all things hold together" (1:17).” That probably wasn’t a statement about science. It probably referred to Aristotle’s defense of the existence of a supreme being in which he insisted that every effect (the universe) must have an efficient cause that maintains it.

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Roger McKinney

March 20, 2013  1:33pm

Wilkinson forgot Romans 1:20,21: 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], 21 Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and[c]godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. Creation is the first witness to the existence of God. The whole point of the theory of evolution was to destroy that witness. Creation is the first witness to the existence of God. The whole point of the theory of evolution was to destroy that witness. Christians need to know the difference between science and scientism; science glorifies God;

Jay Lehman

March 20, 2013  1:14pm

As a geophysicist, I appreciate taking the theology of creation beyond debates about dates, process, etc. Indeed, the Creator God does not have to be squeezed into the gaps, but stands apart and above as the creator of everything, even science. As a believer, I appreciate the author's focus on Jesus as the center of understanding God and His creation. I think we often fall short as a community in recognizing the importance of seeing "the glory of God in the face of Christ" (II Cor 4:6). Jesus is "the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Heb 1:3) and "the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15).

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Bev

March 08, 2013  9:32pm

A well balanced presentation in an area where some of the discussion (even conflict) has become badly out of balance. As you say, a centre in Christ is essential before taking a single step into thinking about God's work in creating, or God's nature for that matter. God's greatest revelation to us, by far, is through his Incarnation, life of Christ, Calvary and the Resurrection, and it's a rich and easily understood message of love. When we focus on God's power instead of his love, we tend to underplay or even bypass this central message and go on a futile search for God's fingerprints in what he has made. We forget that we really understand little of what God has made and is making (despite our great scientific advances) and practically nothing about how he does it. Yet his love is revealed to us by his Spirit and Word every day.

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Wendy Willmore

March 05, 2013  3:00pm

Thanks so much for your concise and excellent article. I also was taught to believe this way in university, and it openned up a whole new world for me as a Christian in the sciences. Not only does this way of thinking debunk the deism that is at the root of much of the trouble between faith and sciences, and gives not only the rationale but the imperative for Chrstian earthkeeping, it allows Christians to put the different theories on origins into perspective. We can agree to disagree with our own brothers and sisters knowing that, on the bottom line, we all agree that God is the alpha and the omega and upholds everything in between. All truth IS God's truth and we should never be afraid of it.

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