An anti-evolution attitude can harm Christian young people by presenting them with a false choice between pursuing science OR holding to faith.–BioLogos
I understand that BioLogos is a part of the “science is compatible with faith” crowd. I get that they want people to accept evolution as well as the gospel. But as things stand, many Americans don’t believe in evolution. They think–however wrongly–that they cannot be Christians and accept evolution. Evolution does in fact undermine their faith. For many Americans science and faith are not compatible in the way BioLogos wants them to be.
So if BioLogos is worried about harming young Christians, shouldn’t they highlight that the false choices cut both ways? Just as it’s possible to believe in evolution and be a Christian, it’s also possible to reject evolution and be a scientist. Even those Christians can pursue science and we shouldn’t forget that. Shouldn’t BioLogos stress the scientific, empirical fact that belief in evolution cannot predict analytical and reasoning skills?
None of this involves embracing creationism. But especially since prominent scientists routinely issue vicious, harsh insults against creationists, it seems appropriate to demonstrate some Christian unity. Creationists may be wrong, but they do not deserve the vitriol often lobbied their way. Defending creationists could be another way BioLogos conducts its mission of having science-faith conversations with grace and compassion.
Both creationists and mainstream scientists present false choices here. But only one camp gets all the attention. BioLogos can help correct the discrepancy.