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An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution

An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution



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Published by steve martin
A collection of 23 articles promoting a positive relationship between Evangelical Christianity and evolutionary science.
A collection of 23 articles promoting a positive relationship between Evangelical Christianity and evolutionary science.

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Published by: steve martin on Apr 12, 2009
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An Evangelical Dialogue onEvolution
A collection of articles promoting a positive relationship betweenEvangelical Christianity and evolutionary science
Author:Steve Martin
Document Version: 1.0Last Updated: April 11, 2009
This document is a compilation of weblog posts; the individual articles remain the property of the author. You arefree to share, copy, or distribute this document in full within the limitations of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License and the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License. To view copies of these licenses, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/.1
Table of Contents
A) Introduction
This Ebook is a collection of articles fromAn Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution, the weblog I launched in May2007. Growing up in a relatively secluded Evangelical culture, I had always assumed that evolution was an atheistfairy tale incompatible with (and possibly lethal to) the Christian faith. However, over several years I graduallycame to accept the scientific validity of evolution, and more importantly, its compatibility with an Evangelicalexpression of the Christian faith. This journey was both spiritually and intellectually difficult, a journey made morearduous because of a dearth of resources and lack of support within the Evangelical community. The blog waslaunched to 1) provide a forum to share my thoughts and conclusions with other Evangelicals, and 2) to invitecomments, criticism, and corrections from, as well as conversation with, other Evangelicals examining the science / faith interface.
Why this Ebook?
By gathering the articles together, I’m hoping that this Ebook can be helpful in several ways:1.
As a “conversation starter” for my fellow Evangelical Evolutionary Creationists who wish to discusstheir viewpoints with other Evangelicals.2.
As a resource for Evangelicals wondering how they can integrate the findings of modern science withtheir faith3.
For those convinced that evolution is antithetical to faith, the Ebook will provide details on why Ibelieve this conclusion is completely mistaken. I have two primary audiences in mind:a.
Evangelicals struggling with (or considering abandoning) their faith because of the perceivedconflict between that faith and the findings of modern science.b.
Those considering making a commitment to the Christ, but who mistakenly believe they mustignore well supported scientific evidence to do so.4.
As a summary resource for readers who enjoyed the blog, but discovered it well after it was launched,and don’t have the time to wade through all of the old material.
About the Articles included in the Ebook
The 23 articles included in the E-book are arranged thematically rather than chronologically; this provides, Ibelieve, a more-or-less cohesive account of my viewpoint as documented on the blog – “more-or-less” since, asastute readers will note, some of my own ideas have evolved over the last couple of years. Note also that I use theadjective “cohesive”, and not “complete”, when describing my viewpoint; I too am still learning and there areseveral areas of this conversation that puzzle me as well. Since each article was written to stand on its own, it is notnecessary (nor even advisable in many cases) to read this Ebook in sequential order or in a single sitting. As withmost collections, there are probably as many right ways to digest the material as there are readers.It is important to note that I made two assumptions in writing almost all of these articles. My first assumption wasthat the scientific evidence for biological evolution is overwhelming; rarely do I discuss the evidence. If thescientific evidence for biological evolution is of primary concern, you might want to start withone of these tenbooksby other Evangelicals who accept the evidence for biological evolution. Second, I assume that the claims of orthodox Christianity are credible, and that my readers agree with this claim. I was pleasantly surprised to discoverthat many who did not share this assumption found the blog of interest, but Christian apologetics was not really inscope. So if Christian apologetics (or debunking the claims of Christianity) is of primary concern, again, you maywant to start somewhere else.
A Note of Thanks
I want to thank the many thoughtful readers who provided comments and feedback to these and other articles on theblog. This feedback helped me enormously. Secondly, I want to thank a host of other science-faith bloggers (toomany to name) with whom I interacted over the last couple of years. Some of the best conversations occurred ontheir sites and this was very valuable for me as I worked through the issues for myself.3

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