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July 23, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

Christianity, Science, and Evolution Are All Compatible

Three quotes over-turn key assumptions about Christians and evolution:

“Some of the dullards who have believed in God are the musicians Palestrine and Johann Sebastian Back,; artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio; writers such as Dante and J.R.R. Tolkien; philosophers such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Rene Descartes, Alfred North Whitehead and Anthony Flew; scientists (I list more of these because antithesis often claim that religion and science are incompatible)  such as Louis Agassiz, Andre-Marie Ampere, Robert Boyle, Tyco Brahe, Nicholaus Copernicus, George Cuvier, John Ambrose Fleming, Galileo, Pierre Gassed, William Harvey, Werner Heisenberg, William Herschel, James Prescott Joule, William Kelvin, Johann Kepler, Carolus Linnaeus, Joseph Lister, Charles Lyell, James Clerk Maxwell, Gregor Mendel, Issac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Max Planck, Bernhard Riemann and Nicolaus Steno.  The antithesis retort that these people are too old and dead to have been aware that science disproves God.  But here are brilliant people who believe in God today: Stephen M. Barr, Francis S. Collins, Simon Conway Morris, William Lane Craig, Owen Gingrich, Stanley Jaki, John C. Lennox, Alister McGrath, Kenneth Miller, Alvin Platinga, John Polkinghorne, John A. people, Marilynne Robinson, Hugh Ross, Allen R. Sandage, A.N.  Wilson, and N.T. Wright.  And that’s just the portion of Christians is to be found in departments of natural science than in departments of humanities or social science.  Among the leaders of the anti-theist movement today, few are actually professional scientists.”

(Jeffrey Burton Russel, Exposing Myths about Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends, p. 131-132)

“The definition of science is the study of the physical world; the methods of science include observing accurately, inferring, predicting, classifying, developing questions and hypotheses, and constructing controlled experiments.  Neither the definition of science not its methods include formulating and imposing metaphysical worldview.  Such views are beyond the boundaries of science.  Science can’t demonstrate what it is unable to investigate.  Young Earth Creationists and atheist evolutionists both rely on preconceived dogmas.  Antithesis exacerbate the problem by classifying everyone who believes in creation as a Creationist.  This underlies the popular myth that the Scopes Trial and the Wilberforce-Huxley debate showed Christians to be stupid.”

(Jeffrey Burton Russel, Exposing Myths about Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends,p. 166)

“Christians believe that God creates, develops and sustains the universe, including Earth and life on Earth.  Most Christians affirm biological development planned or guided by God.  That is theistic evolution.  Only one definition of evolution is incompatible with Christianity: the one that claims it is unplanned and unguided and caused by purely random and mechanistic events.  That is atheistic evolution.  [Many or perhaps most] Christians believe in evolution—when evolution is not defined in a purely physicalist way that makes it impossible for them to believe in it.  The war is only between the dogmatists on both sides.  The evidence is that there is directionality and Purpose in the universe and that it comes from outside.”

(Jeffrey Burton Russel, Exposing Myths about Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends, p. 167)

  • I added a bracket to the third quote to clarify and specify what I think is the intended meaning and best reflects the truth.  I haven’t verified this with the author, but it coheres to the truth better.

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