Is the theory of evolution compatible with Christianity?
- NousLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
The Pope, Catholic Church, Church of England and mainstream churches all accept the big bang and evolution!
Lord Carey the former Archbishop of Canterbury put it rather well – “Creationism is the fruit of a fundamentalist approach to scripture, ignoring scholarship and critical learning, and confusing different understandings of truth”!
Nice that christians and atheists can agree and laugh together even if it is at fundie expense!
But behind the laughter is the despair at the fundamentalists striving so hard to destroy christianity by turning it from a religion to an ideology!
Surveys suggest that 29% of American christians are so extremist in their beliefs that they fall well outside of the accepted bounds of christianity!
- ICXC † NIKALv 67 years ago
If one doesn't take Genesis literally word-for-word. The doctrine of the fall being the cause of death is reconcilable with the theory of evolution because of the doctrine which states that God is outside of time, thus able to make things work retroactively. Some people, such as Ken Ham, say that can't be the case because God called everything "good" when he made them. However, if one follows the Calvinistic belief that God from the beginning selected some people to be saved, and selected the rest to be damned, then there's no contradiction between the existence of death before the Fall, and everything God created being "good", because such a view makes death necessary because of God's plan.Source(s): Just answering the question. These are NOT my personal beliefs regarding evolutionism.
- barattaLv 43 years ago
it truly is been a attitude of the non secular properly for decades to link evolution with atheism in an attempt to undermine the technology and stay away from the final popularity of the theory. Many Christians wrongfully belive that popularity of evolution leads to a "unnecessary" existence in accordance with "random probability" and that existence is purely an "twist of destiny". None of that's actual, for sure, as evolution isn't a philosophy. Your existence is what you're making of it. information the organic mechanisms in basic terms diminishes the wonder of existence when you're weak and use Biblical literalness as a crutch. Blaming it on "militant atheism" is purely an extension of this attitude. that is an somewhat shallow ingredient to assert that some propose atheists forestall others from information the most properly supported idea in technology. Intellectually dishonest, as well.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Atheists laugh at believers who say that it is compatible. They are glad that they accept this conjecture but they know that the Bible contradicts it. They just dismiss the Bible.
Most of the Christians who believe it is compatible, don't know the Bible very well. They just say "Yes, it is compatible because my pastor or priest told me so." Very seldom, know the Bible well. It is not only fundamentalists who disbelieve it. Many within lots of different denominations disbelieve it. Many Catholics disbelieve it. This last Pope said he believes it. Big deal. And not everyone who disbelieves it has the exact same understanding. I disbelieve it but I don't believe it took six literal days to create the earth.
To sum it up-No. It is absolutely incompatible with the Bible. Most who say it is probably don't know the Bible or the conjecture very well.
As far as someone saying "mainstream religion believes it" it is possible that most of mainstream religion does (officially), but a quite large proportion of the population doesn't believe it and what is so great about being "mainstream"? Jesus and his disciples weren't mainstream.
Some people said "Only Fundamentalists disbelieve it." I am not fundamentalist and I disbelieve it. Tentofile said somehting interesting. He pointed out that if you accept Noah's ark you can't accept Evolution. He feels Noah's ark is an allegory. See 2 Peter 3:3-6. That should convince you that Noah and the flood was real. Also, the dimensions of the ark are all laid out in the bible and the materials that it was made of too.
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- tentofieldLv 77 years ago
Of course it is which is why all mainstream Christian religions accept the fact of evolution and the btheory that explains it. It is only the Old Testament Fundamentalists who call themselves Christian who refuse to accept science. It is not only evolution they reject. By believing the Noah's Ark story to be true they have to reject all science. Noah's flood and science are completely incompatible.
- AdnamaLv 77 years ago
Absolutely. Even the Catholic Church officially allows for evolution. The Bible was never intended to be read as a science textbook. How could it when modern science wasn't even around until the 16th century? The Bible was written to teach spiritual lessons. Let science do science and religion do religion.
- 7 years ago
Only if this was a seeded planet & the lifeforms were given time to "evolve" on other planets before their "doomsday" cycles came.
Humans are chimeras, and evidence shows that this lineage has been cloned. (hence the shortened lifespan)
- Robert SLv 77 years ago
Absolutely; we can discover nothing which GOD did not make.
Evolution is an observable & credible theory, it just took longer.
- janhoiLv 67 years ago
Sure. The vast majority of Christians world wide accept it. Its only the Young Earth Creationists in America and Fundamentalists that don'tSource(s): Christian
- 7 years ago
If you believe that the earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old then no. It can't. There's an amazing amount of evidence to prove it's way way older.