The one nagging question that I’ve had in the debate of evolution versus creation is that of sin and death. The process of evolution, as it is now conceived, requires the death of less-adapted organisms so that more-adapted organisms persist and pass on their genes. Over time, speciation occurs as the more advantageous genes are passed on and the less-adapted organisms die off. For this process to have eventually resulted in humans, death (and from a faith perspective, sin) would have been a part of the natural world long before humans arrived on the scene.
But the Judeo-Christian account of creation in Genesis seems to tell a different story – that sin (and thus death) were absent from the natural world until humans decided to go their own way instead of God’s. Then the natural consequence of separation from God was sin and death. It seems to me that from this perspective, the process of evolution as we understand it today could not have led to the rise of humans.
In my opinion, much of the beginning chapters of Genesis need not be taken literally (in the sense that there are exact times or things like that) because those first chapters are largely poetical and mythical accounts of creation (mythical does not mean fictional, cf. C.S. Lewis). However, in the Judeo-Christian worldview found in the Bible, redemptive history requires a very real, concrete decision to disobey God and the introduction of sin and death into the created world. So how do the Judeo-Christian conceptions of sin and death match with the scientific conception of evolution, if at all?
Other than this question, for the most part, I’ve lost interest in the debate of evolution versus creation. To me, the realms of science and faith don’t overlap enough in their interests and expertise to have a very real debate, and it could be possible that the two could coincide without contradiction. I’m not convinced that evolution somehow disqualifies God, or that belief in God necessarily refutes evolution.
The thing I always return to when thinking about these sorts of things is Jesus Christ. More and more every day, I’m convinced that the person of Jesus lived on this earth, and that he was the son of God who died on a cross, rose again, and will one day return. Every day I’m struck more deeply by the perfection and the piercing genuineness of the Bible. As I’m convinced of these things, I have only to put my faith in God that the rest of what he’s told me is true – that I can trust him even in the hazy areas where I lack understanding. Though I have questions, I’m content to go forward even without them answered, as long as I’m following Jesus.