Monday, November 01, 2010

Three Issues Surrounding the Question of Origins

In my previous post I pointed out the striking implications on the Biblical text should the argument from design be proven invalid. The authors of Scripture use it repeatedly, and to deny the argument from design is to remove the backbone of many passages. To an evangelical or fundamentalist this becomes even more startling because it profoundly challenges the concept of the inerrancy of Scripture.
If we are to hold to any form of inerrancy we cannot at the same time dismiss the argument from design. Now, establishing the argument from design does not automatically lead us to a literal reading of Genesis 1. However, it forms a basis for understanding the beginnings of this world in a Biblical way.
Put another way, one major reason we as Christians must defend the argument from design is that the authors of Scripture found it so important. For you must either throw it out as an old, discredited argument that only seemed powerful in Biblical times, or you must acknowledge that the argument from design carries with it a profundity that has been overlooked.

The second issue that must be addressed is the problem of evil. Both creationists and evolutionists use this as a reason for their positions. For the evolutionist, the problem of evil explained by natural selection, for the creationist, the problem of evil is explained by the fall of man.

The last issue that must be explored is love. More specifically speaking, this issue is concerned with bonds between humans and, if we allow for it, a creator. This issue is not necessarily so much foundational as it is explanatory and illuminative. The Christian perspective must show how a creator God's love is diffused throughout His creation and despite the evil caused by the fall of man. The evolutionary perspective must explain the existence and purpose of love in the context of natural selection and a world whose human purpose is whatever humanity gives it.

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