I would object to being called a ‘theistic evolutionist’ mostly because it would be a label that suggests that I know enough about science to have an opinion. I do not.
I object to being called a Creationist too, because although I believe in the God who created the heavens and the earth, and although I used to be happy to defend Creationism, I have been turned off of it for three reasons:
- Creationists trade on being the godly defenders of the Truth in the face of a global conspiracy to indoctrinate the world with bogus evolutionary science. When it became obvious to me that there was a massive lack of integrity in much of the Creationist camp, it seemed to me to fatally discredit their position.
- When mixing with unbelievers, even those of friendly disposition towards Christians, I noted the damage that creationism does to the perception of Christianity, not because Creationists don’t accept evolution, but because they don’t engage in commendable tactics.
- Studies in Genesis led me to believe that the science question was besides the point.
Now I don’t have a problem with Creationists. Some of my best friends are Creationists. If your conscience leads you to hold that science and scripture are best understood as preaching that the world is less than 10,000 years old, so be it. However, as people called to deal truthfully and to represent the gospel with integrity, the way in which you represent your beliefs matters far more than what you’ve decided to believe. Continue reading