“My views on evolution and Genesis cost me a job” – Mario A. Russo
What is the Theology?
For preachers, subscription to the theory of evolutionary creationism is not only a scientific commitment; it involves the careful integration of theology, hermeneutics, and biblical interpretation. Preachers holding a scientific commitment to evolution, for example, are likely to be engaged in studying varying interpretations of Genesis 1, questions of human origins, and debates on the likelihood of an historical Adam and Eve (cf. Rom. 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22, 45-49). For many, questions of how (or even if) the preacher is to translate such theological territory from the pulpit are of great pastoral significance.
What to Consider
- How can you show grace and respect to those who disagree with you on issues of science in general and evolutionary creationism in particular?
- As a preacher, how can you best communicate both your commitment to Scripture and to scientific discovery?
- Reflect on your own church context, considering what factors (e.g. systems, beliefs, or persons) might complicate discussion on evolutionary creationism. How can you show grace or care to those factors in such a way that creates space for dialogue?
- How might your views on evolutionary creationism serve as a missional bridge to those outside of traditional church settings?
How to go Deeper
- Make safe space in your church for dialogue on faith and science, evolution and creationism. If you feel unsafe about leading such conversation yourself, support scientifically-engaged persons in your community who might want to create such space. Or seek partnerships with local churches who are already engaged in conversations around science and religion.
- If you are feeling isolated in your scientific beliefs, find safe persons, communities, or networks that are already engaging in discussion on evolutionary creationism.
- Increase your knowledge and deepen your empathy for those who might disagree with your evolutionary stance by cultivating helpful resources. A detailed list of such resources can be found in the source article for this post.
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