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Q: Is evolutionary theory compatible with the days of creation?
A: In the last two decades there has been a growing controversy in the church over the six Days of Creation recorded in Genesis 1 and evolutionary theory. Some Christians, who accepted the idea of billions of years as propounded by most scientists, claimed that no conflict exists between Christianity and evolutionary theory. Those who make that claim are not considering the biblical text carefully enough.
When Creationists object to Darwinian evolution, they have mainly two things in mind: (1) the widespread message that scientific thought and explanations as informed by evolutionary theory make God irrelevant to the origin of Creation and the development of life on Earth, and (2) the claim that evolutionary theory and Scripture are not in conflict.
These objections are linked to at least three core doctrines of Darwin’s theory: (a) the appearance of organic beings through natural processes, (b) gradual evolution over millions of years, and (c) that human beings are not the work of a separate act of creation as stated in the Genesis record of Creation but have descended along with other mammals from a common ancestor.
Continue reading for an in-depth look at this critical question.
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News to Note Quick Look
Forensic fantasy: Australopithecus sediba got a makeover to celebrate the display of his mortal remains in London’s Natural History Museum. The “boy,” who along with his “mother” was presented to the scientific public in the 2011 September 9 issue of Science, underwent “forensic reconstruction” to produce a portrait perfect for his role as oldest ape-boy. Read more.
Dinosaur nursery: Fifteen juvenile Protoceratops clustered in Tugrikin Shire, Mongolia, suggest this kind of dinosaur cared for its young. This find is the only undisputed Protoceratops nest known. Scientists thought they had found a nest of Protoceratops eggs in the 1920s, but the inhabitants turned out to be oviraptorids. Read more.
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