Analysis of the sequence of life described in Genesis 1

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 6 of the Science Module. Please note the room change below. We’re now meeting in Room 4.114.

Details

“Analysis of the sequence of life described in Genesis 1”
Dr. Martin Poenie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

There has been a long and unfortunate conflict between Christianity and modern Science. Some of this conflict came to a head with the advent of modern geology and then later with Darwin. John Pye Smith, a 19th century British pastor and geologist wrote,

It is a fearful thing to array science and religion against each other; for, however unnatural and unjust this antagonist position certainly is, the fact of its existence is pregnant with evil on both sides. Men who have well studied the questions at issue, and who know the evidence of those geological facts to which such strong exception is taken, cannot by any possibility be brought to renounce their convictions”

–John Pye Smith (1774 – 1851; Theological Tutor at Homerton College, minister of the Old Gravel Pit Chapel in Chatham Place, and member of the Geological Society)

More recently, in 2010 Bruce Waltke, an eminent conservative Old Testament Scholar who once taught at DTS, was reportedly asked to leave Reformed Theological Seminary for writing that evolution and Christianity are compatible*.

In my presentation, I will talk about how biological organisms change and what the Bible says that is relevant to the question of origins. It is my conviction that when one understands the language, the Genesis account closely parallels the scientific history of life.

* Jaschik, Scott (2010-04-09). “Evangelical Scholar Forced Out After Endorsing Evolution.” USA Today.

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