As a Biology teacher and a Christian, I have had my own struggles reconciling my personal faith in God with my growing understanding and appreciation of the principles of evolutionary science. The idea for this website grew out of a personal desire to finally put into writing my thoughts and reflections concerning the issue of origins.
There are many websites on the Internet that present a very different Christian perspective than the one you will find here. Most of the websites I have visited seem to have a specific goal in mind—to convince you to agree with a particular viewpoint. This is not surprising, given that some people are absolutely certain that what we personally believe about this issue determines our eternal destiny. (If you find this hard to believe, here's an example.)
I do not agree with this approach. I believe that thinking people, particularly Christians with scientific backgrounds, truly need to figure this out for themselves. Therefore, the goal of this website is to offer some ideas about how resolution might be possible.
This certainly is not meant to imply that I have everything figured out. Actually, I still struggle with doubt and uncertainty. I guess that’s what having faith is all about. The good news is that as I continue to venture down this path towards a deeper understanding of God's ongoing relationship with the universe, I believe that God is right there beside me, encouraging me to carry on.
God has given us two books to help us along the way: the Book of God--the Holy Bible--and the Book of Nature. The ideas presented here will draw from each. Here is a Bible verse I often reflect on:
God, the Creator of all things, knows the intimate details of Creation inside and out. We humans can only hope to attain even the tiniest level of understanding in comparison to God. Yet, I believe it is not God's desire that we intentionally ignore the details we do uncover simply because they seem to go against our traditional notions of the divine nature. Indeed, God is bigger than any human conception could ever be. Instead, I believe we should follow the details wherever they lead us, knowing that God will never disappear, even when the knowledge we gain forces us to rearrange the theological furniture in our heads.
One Final Note:
The most common phrase associated with the ideas you will encounter here is “theistic evolution.” While this phrase comes very close to what I personally believe, it has some connotations that are not quite in line with my viewpoint. I am a theist. I am an evolutionist. However, I hesitate to call myself a "theistic evolutionist." This label is often associated with the belief that God essentially guides or directs the multiple processes of evolution to reach some kind of intended outcome. As you will learn if you read more of my writings on this website, I tend to think of God as the source of future possibilities and not the supervisor of current events.