Science & Scripture align, professor says in BioLogos exchange [Excerpts]
In the study of the origin of humans, ultimately what is true in the physical world will be perfectly consistent with Scripture, a Southern Baptist seminary professor said in an essay arguing against theistic evolution.
James Dew, assistant professor of the history of ideas and philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, was the most recent writer to engage The BioLogos Foundation.
In his essay "Teleological Arguments, Theistic Evolution and Intelligent Design," Dew cited some basic concerns Southern Baptists have with theistic evolution. Southern Baptists, he said, are not convinced that macroevolution is actually true.
Many well-credentialed scientists have found significant problems with macroevolution, Dew wrote, yet it does not appear such evidence is being taken seriously by those who hold to evolution.
Dew wrote…."As I read certain theistic evolutionists, I often get the feeling that God is being pushed out of the creative process of living creatures," Dew wrote. "God is allowed, and even needed, to explain the origins of the universe itself. But as [BioLogos founder] Francis Collins explains, 'Once evolution got under way, no special supernatural intervention was required.'
"... As they see it, God directly caused the universe to come into existence, but once it was here, natural processes took care of the rest." If, as theistic evolutionists believe, God was directly involved in the creation of the universe, the prayer life of the saints and miraculous events such as the resurrection of Christ, Dew wrote, then "Why is it problematic to say that He was directly involved in populating the earth with various life forms?"
[TBC: The author of creation told Moses, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day…” (Exodus:20:11). During His earthly sojourn, the Lord Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their unbelief: “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me” (John:5:46).]