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Human Origins

“In the beginning,” reads the very first verse of the Bible, “God created the heavens and the earth.” Few Christians had any reason to doubt the truth of this statement before the mid-19th century, when Charles Darwin’s research led him to posit a naturalistic explanation for the diversity of species—including human beings—that populate the planet. Divergent reactions to Darwin’s theory of evolution helped to splinter many Protestant denominations, with modernists accommodating the creation story to modern scientific findings and fundamentalists insisting upon the original meaning. In recent decades, however, some evangelicals have shown greater willingness move beyond a literalist reading of Genesis, many embracing theories of theistic evolution or questioning the historicity of Adam and Eve.

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    Post-Seculars — about half of whom identify as conservative Protestants — know facts such as how lasers work, what antibiotics do and the way genetics affects inherited illnesses. But when it comes to three main areas where science and Christian-centric religious views conflict — on human evolution, the Big Bang origin of the universe and the age of the Earth — Post-Seculars break away from the pack with significantly different views from Traditionals and Moderns.
  • The Atlantic - You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution
    According to a new report by Calvin College assistant professor Jonathan Hill, many Americans do not think it's that important to have the "correct beliefs" on the origins of human life. His research was funded by the BioLogos Foundation, a pro-evolution, Christian organization founded by National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. "It’s important to know that a large portion of the population is unsure about their beliefs, and there is a large portion of the population that doesn’t care," Hill said in an interview.

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