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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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T his study has undertaken a biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation, along with creation themes pertinent to origins science. A text-centered, inner-canonical, and integrative hermeneutic is used to advocate a doctrinally coherent and consistent understanding of what Scripture teaches. An underlying 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 the best persuasive scien- tific explanation for the origin and actualization of carbon-based life on earth, including Homo sapiens (i.e. modern humans), is offered by bio- logical evolution (based on an analysis of the fossil record, genome ev- idence, morphological data, and so on). Furthermore, it is maintained that when a consideration of evolutionary creation is done in an objec- tive, balanced, and informed manner, the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics (including Augustinian and Re- formed doctrinal orthodoxy). Likewise, theistic evolution is supported by ecumenical, historically confessional Christians who affirm the di- vine inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility, and authority of Scripture. The above doctrinal orientation is upheld by the definition this study adopted for evolutionary creation: the triune God brought the “universe and life” (Lamoureux 2008:29) into existence by using an “or- dained, sustained, and design-reflecting evolutionary process”. The pre- ceding statement attests to the absolute fact of God’s existence, His transcendence over the cosmos, and His involvement within it. Further- more, it maintains that dialogue with “science and...

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