Darwin Ruins Everything

Darwinism is dangerous in two ways. Most conservative Christians recognize the first way in which it’s dangerous. It substitutes a false account of mankind’s beginning for the true one. The practical-theological repercussions of this are devastating. Because it is so devastating, it’s right for Christians to combat Darwinism. That means we’re going to spend time defending the events of Genesis as true historical events.

The second danger Darwinism poses is related to the first, but is more subtle. In reacting to Darwinism, I’ve noticed a tendency to think about and read Genesis only as a corrective to Darwinism. We approach Genesis only to show why it is better than Darwinism as an account of our material origins, or why it can withstand scientific scrutiny. Again, there’s a time for that, but those are far from the only things Genesis has to teach us. You wouldn’t know that, though, just be scanning a lot of conservative teaching on Genesis.

The first three chapters of Genesis tell us what it means to be men, to be women, to be worshipping prophet-kings under God, to be pure, holy, and righteous. They tell us how our redemption is going to be shaped, and where the cosmos is going to end up. They tell us why baptism is so important, why men are forbidden to have long hair, and why women are not to rule or teach men. They tell us why Mankind stands upright instead of walking with his head to the ground like the beasts. They tell us why lying, murder, and adultery are evil. They tell us why CRSPR and IVF are bad. They tell us why God is good.

Yet we tend to ignore those sorts of things in our treatments of Genesis, even though those are precisely the things the rest of Scripture develops at length. Don’t ignore the wisdom of Genesis because Darwin questions the ‘science’ of Genesis. It’s a trick.

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