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What follows from Christian Darwinism?

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Andrew Sibley writes*,

While there is little doubt about the desire of theistic evolutionists to maintain their commitment to theism, it is pertinent to ask what follows logically from the scientific acceptance of some forms of theistic evolution, especially those that claim that it must be understood within methodological naturalism where all evidence of God’s handiwork is excluded from science by definition. 

What follows logically is a silent God and a loud Darwin.

*Andrew Sibley, “The Nature and Character of God”, p. 98 , in Should Christians Embrace Evolution?: Biblical and scientific responses, Norman C. Nevin, ed. (Inter-Varsity Press: Nottingham, 2005). Foreword by Wayne Grudem,

5 Replies to “What follows from Christian Darwinism?

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    tjm says:

    “What follows logically is a silent God and a loud Darwin.”

    And a watered-down if not meaningless Bible. Pretty soon you use science to tell us what can and can’t be true in God’s Word. It is the start of a slippery slope that for some(not all) ends in a loss of faith.

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    aedgar says:

    “What follows logically is a silent God and a loud Darwin.”

    I agree. For those who want to muzzle God the Apostle Paul reminds us that he is not silent:

    “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” – Rom. 1:19-22

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    See here: You Need a Root Canal, Mivart. What follows from Christian darwinism? Benn’s history of English rationalism has the answer:

    Among the scientific professors [at Kensington University] were Richard Proctor, the astronomer, and St. George Mivart, the biologist. Both embraced the theory of evolution. Proctor soon afterwards became an agnostic and a vehement assailant of all Christian theology.

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    Vladimir!
    That was a great read, thanks for directing me to it.

    As to making for a quiet faith and a vocal Darwin, may I quote to you Psalm 19?
    1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
    2 Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
    3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
    4 Their measuring line goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

    Perhaps silence is too great a thing to call such testimony.

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