Religion vs. Evolution

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Recently at AGS, we had the privilege of having Dr. Jason Wiles come and speak on the topic of creationism and evolution. The presentation he gave was absolutely fascinating. As a Christian and an academic, I was really intrigued by his topic. He asked the epic question at the end, "Can religion and evolution coexist?" And his answer was simply, "Sure. Why not?" I wanted to share a few of the enthralling quotes that he shared.

Dr. Martin Luther King on religion and science:

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values.
The two are not rivals. They are complementary.
Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism. Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism.”
The Clergy Letter Project is a group of Christians who advocate the teaching of evolution. They have a wonderful mission statement that includes this quote:

"We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth."

I really love these two quotes and couldn't agree more. I am a Christian and I believe in evolution. As cheesy as this may sound, I believe God has perfected science in a way that the world has ever known. When I get to heaven, the truth behind our existence and it's start will be one of the first things I ask.

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