Theistic evolution: leading the blind into a ditch

Michael Zimmerman’s theology goes like this:

Ray [Comfort]’s second problem is even more important. From the title of his new film [Evolution Vs. God] to virtually everything he ever says about evolution, he asserts that a choice has to be made between God and evolution. But the simple fact is that no such choice has to be made.

The Clergy Letter Project, which I founded and direct, demonstrates this simple point elegantly. Indeed, more than 13,600 clergy from all across the United States have come together to assert that not only are they in favor evolution being taught in our schools but that such a position in no way challenges their religious beliefs. These clergy members represent congregations large and small, conservative and liberal, evangelical and mainstream. They are as diverse as you can imagine with respect to race, age, gender, ethnicity and any other characteristic you might examine. What they all have in common, however, is the simple belief that a choice does not have to be made between God and evolution.

Now watch David Hull push Zimmerman’s theology to its logical conclusion:

The problem that biological evolution poses for natural theologians is the sort of God that a Darwinian version of evolution implies…The evolutionary process is rife with happenstance, contingency, incredible waste, death, pain and horror …

Whatever the God implied by evolutionary theory and the data of natural history may be like, He is not the Protestant God of waste not, want not. He is also not a loving God who cares about His productions. He is not even the awful God portrayed in the book of Job. The God of the Galápagos is careless, wasteful, indifferent, almost diabolical. He is certainly not the sort of God to whom anyone would be inclined to pray.

Quote sources

  1. Zimmerman, M. (2013). Evolution vs. God: Not a Choice Most of Us Have to Make. Huffington Post. Available Last accessed 18th Jul 2015.
  2. Hull, D. cited in Anon. (n.d.). Hull: Evolution’s God diabolical. Creation Ministries International. Available Last accessed 18th Jul 2015.

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