Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?

May 2012 - Focus
by Daniel Janosik

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May 2012 - Focus

In a New York Times book review, evolutionist Richard Dawkins asserted, “It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”1 In a later article Dawkins defended his words and wrote that the “100 million U.S. citizens [who] believe that humans and dinosaurs were created within the same week as each other, less than ten thousand years ago… are contradicting—influentially and powerfully—vast fields of learning in which their own knowledge and reading is indistinguishable from zero.”2 The irony of Dawkins’ statement is that he is the one who is woefully ignorant of the facts. Most of these 100 million U.S. citizens that he cites actually do believe in evolution, but in a form that does not violate the scientific method or contradict the Bible.

What do I mean by this? Can a person believe in both the biblical account of God’s creation of the world and in evolution? I believe they can, but not without differentiating between microevolution and macroevolution. For years now the mantra of evolutionists has been that “evolution is a fact.” Anyone who opposed this belief was painted as an ignorant, pseudo-scientific Bible thumper.

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