Ashland University is giving an endorsement to theistic evolution in its upcoming Faith and Culture lecture. They are bringing in Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos, an institution that vehemently denies the biblical teaching of six day creation.
Haarsma herself wholeheartedly backs the humanistic / Darwinian view. This is evidenced by a recent blog post where she says, "We disagree that is it essential to believe God used a miracle to create a first pair [Adam & Eve]; we instead argue that God used the natural mechanisms of evolution to create the first group of humans."
The link she provides takes the reader to another Biologos web page that explicitly denies the fact that Adam and Eve were humanity's first parents. This, of course, is an outright denial of the headship of Adam and the important doctrines that accompany it, such as federal representation (i.e. the imputation of his sin, the atonement of Christ), male headship in the family, etc.
More specifically, this view poses the greater problem of forcing into the text of Scripture the evolutionary worldview. The overall premise is "The Bible really doesn't say what it really says." Thus, it ends up undermining the whole of the Bible.
The lecture itself may or may not necessarily deal with the question of origins. The posed tiltle for the lecture is "Can Science and the Bible Work Together? Christian Perspectives on Creation, Design and Evolution." Even if it does skip matters pertaining to the subtitle and lean more towards the topic of Christian faith being the foundation for science, there are potential problems. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, "theistic" evolution rejects the plain reading of the text and must twist the Scriptures to make it fit the evolutionary worldview. Thus, they inherently say that science and Scripture are opposed to each other. The Scriptures, they essentially say, must be corrected by our "science", rather than the (so called) science being corrected by Scripture.
It is disappointing, to say the least, that this the university is bringing in this lecturer and promoting this as a healthy thing for orthodoxy. Someonefrom a more biblical perspective could easily have been obtained.
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