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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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