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Can Christians Be Evolutionists?
 

I do not consider that Evolution is incompatible with Christianity.

Studying God's creations is not denying the existence of God. 

If God created everything, did God use evolution? We do not know, but most Christians belong to churches that at least accept this possibility.

It shoud be recognised that those Christians who refuse to consider  evolution on religious grounds are not doing it because the Holy Bible is incompatible with evolution, but merely because their own interpretation of Holy Scripture does not include the possibilty of evolution.


The Roman Catholic Church has about one Billion followers. This is nearly half the total number of Christians. The Roman Catholic hierarchy does not condemn evolution and never has condemned it.  Recently, this church has become even more accepting of evolution.  I am certainly not suggesting that every Roman Catholic has the same opinion about evolution.  Not all would accept its possibility.

Other Christian churches have different positions on evolution, but the Roman Catholic Church is not the only one to accept evolution as a theory.  For example, The Church of England also accepts it.

I have read several articles on Associated Content that seem to take the view that everyone who accepts evolution as a theory is an atheist.  Perhaps this last statement is an extreme way of stating the attitude of these articles, but this is how I read them.  I have great difficulty in understanding this.

Even Copernicus and Galileo were allowed to put forward the idea that the Earth is not the centre of the universe as a THEORY.  The problem came when Galileo particularly seemed to be suggesting it as a fact.  (Galileo may have had an arrogant side to his character.)  Nowadays, most people would accept that the Earth probably revolves round the Sun, more than the other way round.
It is not seen as sacrilege to suggest this, despite the interpretation that used to be put on Joshua Chapter 10, verse 13:

"Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

"And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.  Is not this written in the book of Jasher?  So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.  And there was no day like that before it or after it that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel."

An American Idea?

In other countries it appears to me that the idea that studying evolution is confined to atheists is less prevalent.  I do not know why it seems quite common in the United States of America.

People often talk about believing in evolution.  I think "Believing" is the wrong word.  People Believe in God.
 
They study God's creations and wonder if one of His Tools was evolution. They  do not "Believe" in evolution as a matter of faith, merely accept the possibility.


Source:

The Holy Bible.