Theistic evolution is a religious variation on evolutionism. Theistic evolution is the belief that God used evolution to create mankind. Another expression used is evolutionary creation. Theistic evolution is considered a compatible creation exegesis with regards contemporary scientific interpretations on the subject of biological evolution. Another expression of evolutionary creation is Biologos; a term coined by American scientist Francis Collins. Theistic evolution however, (accepted by contemporary main stream scientists it maybe) – has some short comings…
The subtle nature of Theistic evolution
Evolutionary creation posits that God used evolution as a tool for His creation of earthly creatures. Bio-logos is an attempt to reconcile the religious views on special creation as recorded in the book of Genesis with the interpretations of contemporary scientists with regards origins science of mankind. If we accept that God used evolution to create man, what we do is, challenge His omnipotence and His word. We are insinuating that God cannot be trusted when He claims through Sacred Scripture that He made man on day 6 of the creation account. We have re-interpreted His word, to make it compatible with main stream science interpretations. Theistic evolution may make genuinely good intentioned efforts to reconcile the Word of God with scientific interpretations with regards origins science, but scientists do not necessarily feel the need to reflect on its position. So the load star of science [faith] becomes a loathe star for science, and scientists imprudently goes their own way. This is despite the scientific limitations in regards interpreting origins science investigations. Origins science delves into the historical development of mankind, and is not testable nor repeatable.
Catholic creationist concerns
Catholic creationists are keen to highlight to poor fruits of evolution. This is despite Blessed Pope John Paul’s private pronouncements to the members of the Pontifical Academy of Science, much publicised by the world media. But if Catholics accept evolution as a fact, then we undermine the doctrine of original sin. If we undermine the doctrine of original sin, we undermine the need for redemption. If we undermine the need for redemption, we make Jesus look like a simple do gooder. If we make Jesus look like a simple do gooder, then why do we need the Catholic Church? Catholicism becomes foundation-less if theistic evolution is accepted as a credible interpretational tool. Theistic evolution quietly undermines our faith in God’s Word, while affirming that God does exist. This subtle undermining has probably played a significant role in falling mass attendances in the Western world. This is particularly probable where theistic evolution exegesis goes hand in hand with Catholic school education on Darwin’s theory of evolution. Catholic creationists believe that the interpretations by scientists with regards origins science are flawed. This is because origins science is not testable, nor repeatable, therefore not scientific. Scientists are deciphering evidence on a premise on what is a historical phenomena.
Faith and reason
Faith is the loadstar of reason, and origins science needs faith to give a more reasoned premise & interpretation of scientific evidence. Origins science is not testable nor repeatable, and falls in the realm of history. Catholic creationists rely on God’s Word as interpreted by the Church Saints, Church Doctors, Church Popes, Church Doctrines, and Church councils down the centuries. Theistic evolution has had its day, and it’s time to cut our losses and embrace Catholic creationism and win back our reasoned faith.