American botanist Asa Gray was one of the first scientists in the United States to adopt and promote Darwin’s theory of biological evolution. Gray was also an orthodox Christian, who saw no conflict between a history of life on Earth that was the outworking of evolutionary processes and the Christian faith. Gray was perhaps one of the first people to espouse the view that has now come to be known as theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism).
In recent years, theistic evolution has become increasingly prominent among evangelical Christians. However, many evangelicals and conservative believers remain reluctant to embrace this proposal. First, they feel that abandoning the historic Christian view of creation in favor of evolutionary creationism undermines key Christian ideas and doctrines and yields a narrative that doesn’t square with the biblical creation accounts.
Also, a significant amount of skepticism exists within these circles about the capacity of evolutionary mechanisms to account exclusively for life’s origin and the entirety of life’s history. RTB is among those that do not hold to theistic evolution. We believe there are significant scientific, biblical, and theological problems with theistic evolution.
Recently, on our I Didn’t Know That! podcast, we addressed a listener question about the historicity of Genesis 1–3 and theistic evolution. I invite you to listen to this episode for a detailed discussion about the RTB position on creation, providence, and the possibility of God using evolution to generate life.
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