[quote=Cherub]Regardless of what we call things or why we as individuals elect to pit them against one another or not, there is no reason that evolution and creation should be mutually exclusive. You say potahtoh, I say potaytoe.
Well what I think you really mean is that God and evolution can be mutual. However the problem is, with the Jewish and Christian creator God, this is not how He claims He did it…
Evolution assumes long ages, billions of years. Genesis states 6 days and a seventh day to rest. There is no indication that the Hebrew means anything else other than literal 24 hour days.
Evolution states death and sufferring and survival of the fittest were necessary ina dog eat dog world and the most superior specie triumphed. Genesis states God made the world very good to begin with, and death and sufferring occured after, only because of the fall.
Evolution leads to the conclusions that there are more ‘evolved’ races of men. Ex. the White man is more evolved than the primitive black man. The man being the hunter and provider is also overtime more evolved than a woman. Genesis states all men are descended equally from one man and woman created originally in God’s image. While Eve was created second there is no indication of submission, both are equal, Eve taken from Adam’s side, although different and given specific roles and duties. The conflict between man and woman as we know today is also a result of the fall, all this is clearly outlined in Genesis when God banished them from Eden.
There are many other things, but most importantly of all, it demolishes the point of Christ’s death on the cross. Without the fall and the concept of death entering the world afterward, it seems God intended death and suiffering to always be there and active. So the purpose of Christ dying for our salvation is utterly going to be nonsensical. There is no point then to Christ being the new and last Adam, nor Mary being as the new Eve. Both born free from sin, therefore death could not take them. Which is why Christ could suffer so badly a scourging that ‘He no longer resembled a man’ and take up His cross to mount Calvary. Even then He did not die because of their infliction, but after shedding enough blood and sufferring humiliation He in the end gave up His spirit and so died. Likewise Mary too, free from sin, did not suffer death but was assumed into Heaven. There are many more things that can be said…
Christ Himself referred back to Scripture as His authority when He taught “Did you not know that He who made them in the beginning made them man and woman…?” And He upheld the authority of Scripture. When Paul preached to the greeks (the first evolutionists) He did not begin with the Gospel, but with Genesis to lay down the foundation for them to understand the reason for Christ’s sacrifice. Peter on the other hand was preaching only the Gospel, but he was preaching to Jews who already had the foundation.
So long story short… can the idea of evolution be compatible with the concept of a creator God? Yes.
Is it compatible with Christianity? Nope…