In “God allows the universe to create itself—and evolve”
(October) Mark Hollabaugh says he both believes “God created me and all
that exists” and that God would not in any way inject even the smallest
fingerprint into the complexities of evolution. If the God he believes
in did indeed “become flesh,” reveal himself in human form, heal the
sick, rise from the dead and ascend into heaven, why would such a
proactive God utterly and completely keep his hand, mind and will out
of the entire evolutionary process and simply “allow the universe to
create itself”? If God’s role was that passive, why should he be worthy
of my praise? To believe in a God who made me and also believe I am the
end result of an unguided and mindless process is trying to have it both ways. No wonder many of us are confused.
Let’s hear another sideMark Hollabaugh’s article
misrepresented the intelligent design argument and presented those who
argue in its favor as “simple creationists engaged in poor science and
theology.” Many of the scientists who today are investigating ID hold
credible doctoral degrees and are engaged in scientific research and
not just “political activism.” Allen R. Utke, in his article ('ID remains a legitimate gray area between random evolution and God'
declares himself “an advocate of theistic evolution ....” It would have
been more balanced to obtain a response from someone who agreed with ID
and could have offered a credible counterpoint to Hollabaugh. We need a
follow-up article or series.
Michael F. Mechsner
Not a salvation issue
we view what actually occurred in the biblical creation account is not
a salvation issue in itself. However, the theory of evolution is viewed
by many as “putting God out of a job.” If the formation of the universe
and life itself is credited to a nearly infinite series of chance
events, and we therefore say that the formation of these things didn’t
happen the way the Bible explains it, then many feel the validity of
the entire Scriptures is in jeopardy. Rather than shake our heads in
dismay at their “lack of faith” or “ignorance,” we should be willing to
show them the alternative to the theory of evolution that is supported
by many scientists, supported by the facts and supported by Scripture.
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