I’m a Christian and I believe in Evolution.
It’s possible, and until recently, I thought I was alone in this. It used to be that I adhered to the assumption that if you’re a Christian, you believe in Creationism and consider Evolution and the Big Bang Theory a load of hogwash that should not be taught in schools; kind of like the assumption that if you’re a Christian, you’re also politically Conservative. I then realized that I had a brain in my head and used it to think through what I really and truly believed from the bottom of my heart. I came to the conclusion that politically, I’m very left of centre, and I think that the combination of religion and politics is a recipe for disaster. I’m unaffected by homosexuality and believe same-sex marriage can be a beautiful thing amidst the escalating divorce rate, especially among the “church-going set.” I also don’t think abortion and same-sex marriage should be the defining issues when it comes to voting for a political party, and that there are more pressing issues right now to consider, such as global warming and poverty.
Not too long ago, my boyfriend told me about Dr. Tony Campolo, a prominent Baptist minister who is also President Obama’s spiritual adviser, who is a Democrat and a believer–one very strange combination for the United States–whose views on such matters like homosexuality, abortion, the conflict in the Middle East, and caring for the environment are the same, if not identical to mine.
Which brings me to the Creationism vs. Evolution debate that still has people arguing passionately for both sides. Personally, I think a Creator formed the earth, which then evolved into what it is now over time, which may have taken millions of years. It doesn’t sound so shocking and controversial, but for some reason it is. I’m not offended that I may have evolved from an ape, and I don’t think it threatens the Christian faith to keep one’s mind open to any possibility.
I was really encouraged by the episode we did this week on Listen Up TV, especially by the interview with Dr. Francis Collins, a Christian scientist and geneticist (such people do exist!), who was an integral leader in the Human Genome Project. The full episode is available at www.listenuptv.com, but here’s the uncut interview with Dr. Collins:
Who knew I wasn’t the only one?