I am fascinated by reading Rachel Held Evans' blog. If you don't know her, she's a "Christian" that believes in evolution! Gasp!! (You can read more about her thoughts in this article.)
I respect her willingness to buck against a particular kind of Christian culture in her area, but it doesn't really resonate with me. I read it because I'm fascinated that it's such a huge deal for other people. I'm in a little bit of shock that this was a huge faith-shaking issue for her. I'm in a lot of shock that a lot of Christians are so willing to write her off as not being a "real" Christian because she believes in evolution. This is really a big deal for people? Really?
I was taught creationism in school, but I was also taught that there was nothing wrong with believing in evolution as long as you understand that God is ultimately behind it. Twisted, I know. Of course, with that kind of messed up teaching, is it surprising that I turned out with crazy thoughts about evolution? Here are my thoughts: Religiously and philosophically, I have no problem with evolution. Seems like God is all about long, drawn-out processes (think the process of conversion and overcoming patterns of sin). I could see Him creating through a long-drawn out process. Scientifically, I haven't done enough study to really have an opinion, other than the fact that I can't reconcile what I know about evolution (greater and greater order coming from chaos) and the second law of thermodynamics (everything moves toward greater and greater entropy-chaos-). Therefore, I am religiously okay with evolution, and scientifically I question it! (Okay, let me make it obvious in case you can't tell: this is tongue in cheek.)
I am frustrated with people reading the Bible for science, when it was never intended to be a science textbook. When reading about the Bible, it's much more about why the Creator created, not how. Therefore, I can say that I believe whole-heartedly that the Bible is completely true, and I don't think that it precludes me believing in evolution in the slightest.
On the other hand, don't tell me that science "disproves" religion or God. (Like this guy.) HA! Like there is a scientific measure out there that could measure the Immeasurable! Scientists are so caught by the idea of proving everything that they try to say that if it can't be measured or tested, it must not exist. Someone I read said that it's like if you look at a coat on a wall. You may not be able to see a hook holding it up, but you know that one must be there. It is not irrational to think that there is a hook when you can't see one. It's irrational to think there's nothing holding up the coat. When I look and see the order and mastery of creation, I see a Creator. To me, things like evolution and the Big Bang theory do not keep me from seeing God, they allow me to see a part of God's creative process.
I've probably said all this before, but the posts that came up today got me thinking about it again.