On May 14, noted phil­an­thropist and neu­ro­sur­geon Dr. Ben Car­son is sched­uled to give the com­mence­ment address at Emory Uni­ver­sity and receive an hon­orary degree.  But there is a prob­lem. In recent weeks, some Emory fac­ulty and stu­dents have expressed con­cerns that the Uni­ver­sity invited Dr. Car­son because he is a critic of evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory and advo­cate of cre­ation­ism. Fac­ulty and staff have writ­ten

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In 2010, Gallup released a poll that found that 40% of Amer­i­cans believe in strict cre­ation­ism, the idea that humans were cre­ated by God in their present form within the past 10,000 years.  Thirty-eight per­cent believe that God guided the process of human evo­lu­tion from lower life forms over mil­lions of years , and only 16% believe that humans evolved with­out divine inter­ven­tion. Sixty per­cent of those who attend church weekly believe that we were cre­ated less than 10,000 years ago. Gallup notes that the num­bers have remained gen­er­ally sta­ble for the past 28 years.

That the num­ber of adher­ents of cre­ation­ism remains so strong, even though

Ear­lier this week, Forbes mag­a­zine staff writer

gap between humans and God. Human beings who accept this death as sub­sti­tu­tion for their own prospec­tive penalty will be given eter­nal life in a new earth.

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Per­haps the only way to explain how evolved human beings would end up with a soul is expressed in the hybrid evolution-creation con­cept advanced by Pope Pius XII in the encycli­cal Humani generis (1950)

In Catholic thought, this has been inter­preted to pro­vide room for the con­cept that the bod­ies of humans were cre­ated over mil­lions of years through evo­lu­tion, and that God ulti­mately pro­vided separately-created souls which were infused into humans. These souls recon­nect to God through prac­tic­ing the sacraments. 

In con­trast, Amer­i­can evan­gel­i­cals tend to view Adam and Eve as actual liv­ing peo­ple, who were lit­er­ally cre­ated by God as clay forms into which God breathed the breath of life.  There was no death before the fall of human­ity.  The time frames are impor­tant because they rely on the Bib­li­cal chronolo­gies Matthew 1 and Luke 3:23–28 to prove that Jesus was in the prophetically-designated ances­tral line of David, and draw the genealog­i­cal line all the way back to Adam, the first cre­ated human being.

Many evan­gel­i­cals reject the hybrid view of cre­ation and evo­lu­tion because it would nec­es­sar­ily require them to regard cre­ation, as dis­cussed in the books of Gen­e­sis and of a new earth in Rev­e­la­tion, as alle­gory and sub­mit the per­va­sive teach­ings of the Bible ref­er­enc­ing Cre­ation and other super­nat­ural activ­ity to the realm of mythol­ogy or cul­tural con­tex­tu­al­ism

Within the larger con­text of Amer­i­can Protes­tant Chris­tian­ity the debate con­tin­ues with­out res­o­lu­tion. Among Chris­tians, cre­ation­ists are often asked to con­sider var­i­ous forms of evi­dence of a long-history of the earth, but those advo­cat­ing for a long-earth have largely ignored dis­cus­sion of the genealo­gies of the New Tes­ta­ment and the con­cepts of orig­i­nal sin and sal­va­tion. Chris­t­ian evo­lu­tion­ists have failed to pro­vide a verse-by-verse rebut­tal to the Bib­li­cal Cre­ation nar­ra­tive or to acknowl­edge the extent to which accep­tance of cre­ation would impact theology.

Instead the­is­tic evo­lu­tion­ists oper­ate on the sup­po­si­tion that Cre­ation­ists will even­tu­ally bifur­cate their reli­gious beliefs from sci­en­tific under­stand­ing, because incom­pat­i­bil­i­ties must be resolved in favor of sci­ence. This places faith directly in con­flict with sci­ence and any resul­tant bat­tle on these issues will take cen­turies if true aca­d­e­mic free­dom is to be granted, but can resolve faster if the voices of reli­gious dis­sent are silenced and those who have openly crit­i­cized evo­lu­tion are denied a seat at the aca­d­e­mic table.

cer­e­mony will go for­ward as planned.

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In response to the con­tro­versy at Emory, as of this writ­ing nearly 2,000 peo­ple have signed a Peti­tion Click here to view the Petition. 

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Victor says:

    Extremely imoor­tant and infor­ma­tive article.

  2. Fradaner says:

    The the­ory oh evo­lu­tion has so many holes in it, that it takes more faith than I have to believe in it. I wish the aca­d­e­mi­cians pro­mot­ing it were hon­est enough to acknowl­edge it. Come up with a new the­ory if you must, but let Darwin’s be seen as falling far short.

  3. mpeabody says:

    The the­ory of evo­lu­tion is a flawed futile expla­na­tion into
    ori­gins. It is a sub­ject that requires more faith to believe than creationism.

    Who cre­ated the first form of life in the the­ory of
    evo­lu­tion? Evo­lu­tion on the other hand is an estab­lished process. A fer­til­ized
    egg becomes a fetus and then a baby at birth and if it remains alive, hope­fully
    a pro­duc­tive human being before dying.

    Charles Dar­win was the son of an Angli­can priest that might
    have had a dis­taste for reli­gion, as is often the case with PKs, preacher’s
    kids.

    The evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory is based on need. The life form
    decides it needs an eye so it evolves. The eye is even now not fully under­stood
    or appre­ci­ated because of its com­plex struc­ture and func­tion. With­out wish­ing
    to offend any­one, I think it bor­ders on the absurd, if not occu­py­ing its very
    inner sanctum. 

    John V Stevens, Sr.

  4. John Stevens says:

    The the­ory of evo­lu­tion is a flawed futile expla­na­tion into
    ori­gins. It is a sub­ject that requires more faith to believe than creationism.

    Who cre­ated the first form of life in the the­ory of
    evo­lu­tion? Evo­lu­tion on the other hand is an estab­lished process. A fer­til­ized
    egg becomes a fetus and then a baby at birth and if it remains alive, hope­fully
    a pro­duc­tive human being before dying.

    Charles Dar­win was the son of an Angli­can priest that might
    have had a dis­taste for reli­gion, as is often the case with PKs, preacher’s
    kids.

    The evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory is based on need. The life form
    decides it needs an eye so it evolves. The eye is even now not fully under­stood
    or appre­ci­ated because of its com­plex struc­ture and func­tion. With­out wish­ing
    to offend any­one, I think it bor­ders on the absurd, if not occu­py­ing its very
    inner sanctum. 

    John V Stevens, Sr.

 
 
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