By Dan Lioy
This booklet undertakes a biblical and theological research of evolutionary construction and production topics pertinent to origins technological know-how. A key premise is primary congruity exists among what the Lord has printed in nature (i.e., the booklet of God's paintings) and in Scripture (i.e., the ebook of God's Word). A corollary supposition is that, according to an research of the fossil checklist, genome facts, morphological information, and so forth, organic evolution deals the easiest persuasive clinical cause of the beginning and actualization of carbon-based existence in the world, together with 'Homo sapiens' (i.e., sleek humans). in addition, contemplating evolutionary production in an goal, balanced, and educated demeanour unearths that the view is absolutely appropriate with classical theological metaphysics, together with Augustinian and Reformed confessional orthodoxy.
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Be that as it may, the “sustenance” provided by the Triune Godhead remains “one” (Saint John of Damascus 1958). Along with affirming the reality of God, an additional supposition of this study is that His “purposes are noncontradictory and comprehensible at some level of human understanding” (Merrill 1991:9). Furthermore, the backbone of Scripture’s prescientific cosmology is the teaching that the all-powerful Lord brought everything into existence out of nothing (Latin, creatio ex nihilo), namely, “from no prior materials” (McMullin 2010:11).
The author notes that science is able to “argue what reality is from as many realms and ideas” as it chooses; yet this hypothesizing is based on a “limited understanding of how the cosmos was formed”. In contrast, the Judeo-Christian Scripture “widens the picture”. Specifically, the Bible “gives deeper meaning to the purpose for creation and causes one to search for an- An Evolutionary Creationist Process for the Origin of Humanity 25 swers to greater truths than science can produce” (41). In the final analysis, the “theistic worldview” is the “most biblically viable” paradigm “within which reality can be understood” (10).
Paul upheld this viewpoint when, at Athens, he declared that God “from one man made all the nations” (Acts 17:26). Other interpretive options notwithstanding, the apostle most likely was referring specifically to Adam as the biological progenitor of the human race (cf. Gen 3:20; Sir 40:1; Tob 8:6; Wis of Sol 7:1; 10:1–2). In Romans 5:12–21 (especially verses 12 and 14), the comparison and contrast that Paul made between Adam and Jesus has the most theological potency when both individuals are understood to be actual human beings.