And Let There Be Light

The following is an excerpt from an article by Peggy Fletcher Stack which originally was published in the SLTrib on Feb 13th, 2009:

(Daniel) “Fairbanks (associate dean at UVU in Orem) believes with most biologists that evolution is the unifying theory in the field. . . .

Last year, Fairbanks published an acclaimed primer called Relics of Eden:  The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA.  It has been hailed by scientists and religious figures alike.

“We are obligated to examine experimental data and interpret it in an objective way, without allowing nonscientific beliefs to influence our interpretations,” Fairbanks (a Mormon) says.  “As more information comes along, we revise those interpretations.”

“But that is no reason to reject God or Mormon scriptures, which, he says, explain why God created the world, not how.

You run into a problem if you try to interpret scriptures too literally.  Where do you draw the line?” Fairbanks asks.  “I just don’t bother to draw the line.  I look at the Bible as a guide on how to live my life.  I don’t try to fit it with a particular historical framework.””

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3 Responses to And Let There Be Light

  1. Roger Hansen says:

    According to Wesley J. Wildman in Dialogue (Spring 2010, p. 214):

    “Unsurprisingly, to Darwin, God gradually came to seem less personal, benevolent, attentive, and active. Surely, such a loving, personal Deity would have created in another way (other than evolution), a way that involved less trial and error, fewer false starts, fewer mindless species extinction, fewer pointless cruelties, and less reliance on predation to sort out the fit from the unfit. Darwin arguably never lost his faith in God. Rather, he believed that God created through the evolutionary process, but his growing knowledge of that process dramatically transformed his view of God, which left him ill at ease with the anthropomorphic personal theism of his day and at odds with friends and colleagues who believed in a personal, benevolent, attentive, and active divine being.

    Christians and othe theists who casually assert that God creates through evolution–as if there is no theological problem with this assertion–should pause and consider Darwin’s faith journey. Darwin was theologically more perceptive than many of his liberal endorsers. He knew that evolution puts enormous stress on the idea of God. . . .”

  2. Roger Hansen says:

    According to Steven L. Peck in Dialogue (Spring 2010, p. 30):

    “Evolutionary views of creation also steer us into a deeper engagement with the natural world, as we see ourselves quite literally connected to the creatures and ecologies around us. The idea that our world emerged from deep time through natural selection implies that the wonderful diversity we see around us is contingent, unique, and precious. They provide arguments for better stewardship of the natural environment, because its current state took an enormous length of time. The creatures of the Earth are not only there for us, but we are also there for them. A Darwinian theology argues that care for creation becomes an important aspect of God’s grace to the natural world through us.”

  3. health quote says:

    If God is perfect and if ID is a viable theory and counterpoint to evolution, then how did God create a complex and faulty organism called man? Does this mean God is faulty, or did I not get enought sleep yesterday?

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