The evolution debate: Scientists, seminarians engaging in gracious dialogue on website
Scientists, seminarians engaging in gracious dialogue on website
Falk and others say in their essay that the problem of evil is a challenge, but that "Scripture does not take a universally negative view of suffering and death in the present age. Rather it is recognized as being both a tragedy and a creative force."
So far, BioLogos has published four essays and responses with three more planned. Writers on both sides say the dialogue has been useful. Keathley said the response he has heard from other Southern Baptists has been overwhelmingly positive.
"I think everybody recognizes this is an important topic and it's not going to do any good to simply yell at each other across the fence," he said. "They need to hear from us on the nature of Scripture, the nature of the fall and of salvation. And we need to hear from them on the nature of modern science."
Falk, who teaches biology at Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, said the dialogue has given BioLogos members a chance to clarify some of their positions.
"I don't think our differences are anywhere near as great as people might have thought," he said.
Because he teaches at a Christian college, Falk is very familiar with the types of questions evolution raises for other evangelicals, he said. But for him, the many developments he has seen in the field of evolutionary biology over the years have only strengthened his faith.
"To see how life works in all its majestic details truly is a worship experience," he said.