Mike Gene has noticed my recent post and, I’m glad to say, was happy with how I developed his idea. It’s always nice when people agree with you.
What was more of a thrill for me was the agreement of a couple of responders, The Deuce and G. Rodriguez, who pointed out in response to Mike’s first post that his view (and hence mine) is actually mainstream Christian theology. Another poster suggested that Mike must be a Calvinist (now where have I heard that before?) but the Deuce pointed out the selfsame teaching in the Catholic Encyclopedia!
This is just where I came into theistic evolution several years ago, but found scant regard for such notions amongst the TEs at BioLogos except in the person of our own penman. To find three more people at once who hold the same views is amazing – it’s enough people for a movement!
That might be more than mere frivolity, actually, because further down the thread Nick Matzke arrives to comment thus:
This seems reasonably coherent to me. But it seems to me that similar logic can be applied to say that even if standard mainstream evolutionary theory by natural processes is true, there is no theological problem. Yet lots of people seem to have theological problems with evolution. Partially this is due to atheists trying to use evolution against religion, partially this is due to Paleys design argument, partially this is due to Biblical literalism, I guess, but still, it seems like if the above were widely accepted by Christian leaders, evolution wouldnt be such a theological issue.
Or am I missing something does a theological problem with evolution still remain after the above standard Christian theology is accepted?
As Crude (so that’s where he got to!) replies, the hostility of atheist evolutionists is not to be disregarded. Neither, of course, is the strength of Biblical literalism and, I would add, unbiblical liberalism. But were there not such ignorance of and hostility to classical theology amongst Creationists, Theistic Evolutionists and Intelligent Designists all, evolution and Christianity might sit very well together – at least in general terms, for there would still be plenty to argue about on the mechanisms of evolution and the details of theology. But I think it would be serious conservative Christians and scientists of goodwill who would be engaged in the arguing, which has to be better than the currently available hotbeds of heterodoxy and naturalism.
It’s odd though, and maybe significant, that this is amongst the least frequented theological territory in the whole debate.