The conversation moved on fairly quickly (I think we got distracted), but later something occurred to me. The Creation account starts with chaos and moves to light and water, then life in the form of plants, then gradually more complex creatures. It doesn't necessarily directly correspond to evolution, but it is the same general idea. Now, I have to say that I don't believe that life started spontaneously where there was no life (so, a Creator). I believe that there was a Big Bang, but God seems to be the kind of God that starts things off with kick sometimes. And I do believe that evolution occurred, but I also believe that when there was a transition from animal to human (having a soul), God was directly involved in that. But then again, I also believe that the world is too orderly and diverse to have all happened randomly. Plus, things left to themselves don't tend to get more complex, but rather tend toward entropy (chaos).
Then, for some reason I was thinking about how, according to evolution, humans can track our ancestry back through apes, other mammals, reptiles, etc, down to the first amoeba or whatever single-celled life first came out of the soil. And then it hit me. Where else have I heard about life coming out of the soil?
[T]hen the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Oh, yeah. There.
Maybe there is more literally true about the Creation account in the Bible than I thought. It's just because I had this anthropomorphic image of God shaping clay into human form that I never saw it before. So, yes. I believe the Bible. And I believe that evolution happened. I don't have all the answers for either, and though I do like that these kind of go together, I'm not suggesting that we turn to the Bible for scientific answers any more than I'm suggesting that we turn to science for all the answers to the meaning of life. I'm just saying that they are not as incompatible as some (including me, apparently) seem to think.
|This is the view of creation, formed through billions of years, that interrupted our conversation.|