There is movement within the Evangelical community toward a more positive attitude toward science, and evolution in particular. Dr. Francis S. Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project and devoutly conservative Christian, in his book The Language of God (2007) makes a case for the Big Bang Theory, organic evolution, and a non-literal interpretation of the early chapters of Genesis.
Travis Loller writing for the huffingtonpost.com observes that there is a friendly dialogue going on between Southern Baptist seminary professors and evangelical scientists. One of the places that this discussion is occurring is on the website BioLogos.
While there is disagreement, the authors are quick to emphasize places where they do agree, such as the reality of the miracles described in the Bible, including the bodily resurrection of Jesus. And there is room for give-and-take on both sides.
The discussions came about after Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Academic Dean Kenneth Keathley and Biologos President Darrel Falk met at a Christian scholars conference in 2011. Keathley agreed to ask seminary professors to contribute essays describing their disagreements with Biologos, a nonprofit foundation “committed to exploring and celebrating the compatibility of evolutionary creation and biblical faith.”
On the Utah level there seems to be movement also. Corey Hodges, pastor of the New Pilgrim Baptist Church in SLC, writes in the sltrib.com that science and religion need not be at odds:
The Bible was not written as a science or history book. Therefore, many details are not included and facts not explained. . . .
. . . God and sciencce need not be mutually exclusive.
Science can enlighten us on some of the unknowns. . . .
. . . [T]he Bible does not discourage reason. . . . Numerous verses challenge Christians to seek wisdom and knowledge.
According to a recent survey in Christianity Today, the numbers of those who subscribe to creationism decrease with education level. This observation can’t be good new for conservative Christians (or Biblical literalists of any ilk).