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Genesis v Evolution

In 1859 London, John Murray of Albemarle Street published the first edition of Charles Darwin's work entitled "On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life." Quoting from the Wikipedia website,

The Origin was first published on 24 November 1859, price fifteen shillings, and was oversubscribed, so that all 1250 copies were claimed by booksellers that day. The second edition came out on 7 January 1860, and added "by the Creator" into the closing sentence, so that from then on it read "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."

Though more explicit in the second edition, it is no less clear in the first edition that Charles Darwin had no intent to exclude the creator from creation. While I do not claim to know the theology of Charles Darwin, and believing in the Creator is still a far cry from a saving knowledge of Jesus the Christ, it is nonetheless clear that Charles Darwin was not the enemy of God that so many have made him out to be.

Nonetheless, in an act of theocidal zealousy many in the scientific community have made a religion of what they term Darwinian Evolution in an effort to render moot the existence of their God.

On the other side of that same coin, many in the religious community, without the benefit of having ever even read it, decry Charles Darwin's theory as heresy. Many Christians go so far as to consider suspect all who study science.

In response to all of this, three things come to my mind.

  1. One of my physics professors in undergraduate school said it best when he said, "Physics is the study of that which we can measure. Beyond that is theology."

  2. Anyone who believes theology and science are mutually exclusive understands neither.

  3. It is the epitome of irony that secular scientists defend the Theory of Evolution and decry the Genesis account of creation, while theologians do just the opposite.

Concerning item #1, this was demonstrated mathematically by Kurt Godel in his 1931 article entitled "On formally undecideable propositions of the Principia Mathematica and related systems." Since I am not writing to an audience of students of mathematical theory, and further explanation would prevent everyone else from reading the rest, I will leave it to the interested to research and study this point further.

Concerning item #2, the theologian need look no further than God's own word to find that God encourages scientific study. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; (Romans 1: 20a). The scientist I refer back to item #1.

Concerning item #3, refer back to paragraph 1 above. The title of Charles Darwin's work was "On the Origin of Species," (emphasis added). He was articulating a mechanism whereby new species could emerge into existence. He was proposing a mechanism to account for the genesis of new species.

Now consider this passage from Genesis. "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens," (Genesis 2: 4).

In the original Hebrew, the book of Genesis is not called Genesis. It is called ;*:!9" (Bereshit) which means "In the beginning." We get the name Genesis from the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures, the LXX (the Septuagint), in particular the word "generations" right there in verse 4 of chapter 2. In modern English "genesis" means "origin." But in the Greek of the LXX, as in the Hebrew from which it was translated, that word means much more. The word means "generations," (which is why it is translated as such in the English Bible). Note that it does not refer simply to the beginning of something (in this case creation), but to all of the intervening time from beginning to present. In other words, it refers both to where creation came from, and how it came to be, or how it evolved into, what it is today.

So don't you agree? Isn't it ironic that but for a more careful treatment of the languages, scientists today would be defending the secular Theory of Genesis while theologians were proclaiming the Biblical account of evolution?

theocidal   1) Of or pertaining to theocide. 2) Having a tendancy or desire to commit theocide.

theocide   The elimination of God.

zealousy   A zealous feeling, disposition, state or mood.

Don't say that these aren't real words. They are now.