Epic of Evolution  
 

"Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is nothing but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God and of giving himself more to Him." ~ Teilhard de Chardin, Priest and paleontologist

"All things are continually in the process of beginning to be created".
~ Meister Eckhart, 14th Century Christian Mystic

 

Evolving Christianity

The Epic of Evolution tells the story of the universe from the perspective of science. This story can deepen our understanding of many religions, including Christianity. As with other religions, Christianity can be enriched in the light of the Epic of Evolution.

Yet seeing Christianity through the lens of evolution challenges many people. Ever since Darwin, many Christians have believed that they could not simultaneously accept evolution and still have faith in their religion. The separation of science and faith have left many people either lacking meaning and purpose in their lives or deeply distrustful of science. The Epic of Evolution integrates the worldviews of science and Christian faith in a way that enriches both.

Both the Epic of Evolution and Chrisitanity can lead to hope. Christianity is a system of radical optimism. While in the midst of social turmoil, Jesus proclaimed a radical hope that the Kingdom of God was at hand. Not only did Jesus teach of hope, he also lived it, inspiring billions of people over the centuries. One of the greatest symbols of hope is Jesus' transforming death to everlasting life through His resurrection.

The Epic of Evolution provides us with a sense of hope by showing that the direction of evolution is toward greater cooperation. The Epic of Evolution suggests that the order of the universe is toward greater compassion and a growing experience of grace for more people. More recent, scientific findings show us that cooperation through symbiogenesis and gene transfer are important mechanisms of evolution. Cooperation is perhaps more significant to the production of novelty than are random mutations. We now know that although mutations are random, natural selection is not, favoring those organisms best suited to a given environment. And survival of the fittest is not just about survival or the most selfish, but rather survival of the most cooperative.

The Epic of Evolution confirms what prophets through the ages have been saying: it is in our best interest to be aware and compassionate because we are all related and interdependent.

The Epic of Evolution also provides us with the hopeful patience that comes from a deep-time perspective, just as many prophets spoke. Isaiah suggested that we practice patience that goes beyond our lifetimes:

"Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low:
the uneven ground shall become level
and the rough places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken..."

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles."
~ Isaiah 40:4-5, 31

Evolution Sunday

Hundreds of churches from a host of denominations all across the United States came together on Darwin's birthday, February 12, to discuss the compatibility of religion and science. 

Over 10,000 clergy have signed a letter stating that religion and science are not adversaries: "We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests."

Evolution and Christianity

More and more theologians, scientists, and others find that evolution and Christianity are mutually enriching worldviews. Following are links that explore evolution and Christianity:

This page last updated Febrauary 5, 2006.
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