Explanation of the Creation/Evolution Controversy

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Those who subscribe to the literal interpretation of the first Genesis creation account and thus support a 7 day creation are generally known as Creationists. Those who subscribe to natural science and thus support an absolute randomized evolutionary process are generally known as Evolutionists.

Between the outspokenness of both extremist groups and the focus of the coverage of the media on these two groups, it is understandable as to why many people believe that there are only two positions that exist in regard to the creation/evolution controversy. However, there is a small variety of positions that would best be described as being middle ground between the two extreme positions.

The point of this web site is to provide an explanation of the middle ground known as Theistic Evolution, as well as why it is a rational theory. An examination of both the theological and scientific perspectives are provided, as well as resources for further research on the topic.

The controversy never should have made it to a scientific level. The crux of the creation/evolution controversy is a literary interpretation and genre-recognition issue: a hermeneutical dilemma.

More details can be located on the Literary Genre page, but suffice it to say here that Genesis chapter one carries within it a deeper meaning than what a literal interpretation can produce. The text was written as a response to the existence of neighboring viewpoints on origins, as opposed to a play-by-play documentary on how God might have created.

Hopefully from a theological perspective within this site you will gain an understanding of the ancient Hebrew culture, the role that analogy played in that culture, as well as an understanding of the role played by the Egyptians and Assyrians in the Genesis creation accounts.

Why have some of you not heard this before now?

- Not exactly preaching material.

- Too controversial to be printed in Sunday School material.

- Christian professors who would be most qualified to write and/or teach on the subject are in fear of their jobs (academic freedom isn't always truly free in theological schools).

- Many Christian colleges and seminaries rely on private donations for funding. Thus, they prefer that their professors not teach anything that might lead to donor disenchantment.

- Fundamentalists accuse the viewpoint of being liberal theology--thus, making this an unpopular view. This creates fear in ministers who would like to educate their congregations on these matters but are in fear for their jobs, and in fear that their church may be asked to leave the denomination.

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