Saturday, January 21, 2006

Theistic Evolution

Great post at the Daily Kos about Glenn Morton. See below:

Daily Kos: Know Your Creationists: Glenn Morton: "Glenn is an evangelical Christian who embraces a view called Theistic Evolution (TE). This is the faith based position that the universe, the solar system, the earth, and the history of life up to and including the evolution of anatomically modern humans from earlier primates, were created by God using processes created by same which humans can understand and explain to some degree through careful scientific investigation. In this view there is no contradiction possible even in principle between believing in a Creator and any valid facts gleaned from studying that Creation. "

This view is not particularly revolutionary, but is gratifying. This is consistent generally with Catholic teaching and particularly consistent with the view of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit scientist who saw evolution as an awesome part of God's plan. For him, science was a source of wonder that reaffirmed his faith, not a threat to it, as current creationists and intelligent design zealots see things.

I've blogged on Teilhard in the past. He's a man I deeply admire and by whom I am inspired.

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