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Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective

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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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Chapter 2: An Evolutionary Creationist Process for the Origin of Humanity 9

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T he intent of this chapter is to consider an evolutionary creationist process for the origin of humanity.* As the analysis unfolds, a number of broadly interrelated issues are explored in an inte- grated, synthesized manner. A major premise is that a fundamental con- gruity 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; cf. Bube 1971:124–125; Carlson and Longman 2010:132; Ciobotea 2008:7; Driscoll and Breshears 2010:80, 103; Ingram 1965:73; MacKay 1974:226, 236, 242; McMullin 1993:304, 328–329; Polkinghorne 2009:173; Rhodes 1965:45– 46; Schaab 2008:10–11; Sprinkle 2010:5; Tracy 2008:108). A corollary sup- position is that “faith in God as Creator can be consistent with an evolutionary understanding of the history of the universe and particu- larly life on Earth” (Baker and Miller 2006:169). The preceding postu- lates are the basis for considering an evolutionary creationist process for the origin of humanity that is in agreement with both the biblical and scientific data (cf. Attfield 2006:115, 121, 210; Day 2009:118–120; Rana and Ross 2005:43–51, 247–250). Concededly, this is being done from the perspective of a specialist in biblical and theological studies, whose treatment of the subject will tend to be exploratory and provi- sional in nature. That said, it is possible for even a non-scientist to make a useful and pertinent contribution to the present...

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