How Did God Create?
Posted on June 2, 2014

That question is still being asked, isn't it?

The Scopes trial about human origins, argued in 1925, ended with W. J. Bryan successfully prosecuting the teacher who had taught evolution in a public school.

Now the small Christian college in Tennessee that bears his name has a new debate raging on that same topic. Its teachers are faced with a dilemma. As a condition of their employment they have signed a statement that says: "The origin of man was by fiat of God." That had seemed satisfactory since 1930, but not to the current administration which has added a "clarifying" clause declaring that Adam and Eve are "historical persons created by God in a special
formative act, and not from previously existing life forms." That is a clear "no" to any possibility of evolution.

This indeed tightens the focus for faculty members who see the academic standards they uphold as threatened. Does a Christian college differ from a Christian church?

One departing professor flatly stated that he felt an obligation to teach his students the same material they might hear at a state university, adding that they needed to hear the different ways Christians might read relevant scriptures. The president of Bryan disagrees, arguing that faith must shape how one views culture. Some of his students and faculty are not as willing to limit God's creativity.

No human eye witnessed creation. Genesis tries to find words for the great truth that the human creature stood up on this earth, having something in common with and so much that was different from the animal world.

I love the sweep of the words in Genesis 1 which express both the beauty and the mystery of God at work in our world. Why limit the divine action?


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