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Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective


Dan Lioy

This book undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation and creation themes pertinent to origins science. A key premise is that a fundamental congruity exists between what the Lord has revealed in nature (i.e., the book of God’s work) and in Scripture (i.e., the book of God’s Word). A corollary supposition is that, based on an analysis of the fossil record, genome evidence, morphological data, and so on, biological evolution offers the best persuasive scientific explanation for the origin and actualization of carbon-based life on earth, including Homo sapiens (i.e., modern humans). Furthermore, considering evolutionary creation in an objective, balanced, and informed manner reveals that the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics, including Augustinian and Reformed confessional orthodoxy.


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Editor’s Preface ix


M ore than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being ex- panded beyond that which is immediately imagined; impor- tant new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order, and which will make a significant contri- bution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in bib- lical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical schol- arship. The answer must be yes for inclusion. In this volume, Dan Lioy observes that creation versus evolution, by its very designation, pits one system of ideas against the other as to be exclusive. He argues that this position, being generated by narrowly construed ideologies, is a betrayal of both science and religion. Instead, in this well-documented and copiously researched study, he proposes a “biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation, along with creation themes pertinent to origins science.” He argues that there is a fundamental congruity between the “works of God” and the “Word of God.” He further suggests “that when a consideration of evolutionary creation is done in an objective, balanced, and informed manner, the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics...

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