It was an intense 2 and a half hours. In the first part Philip addressed the concept of theistic evolution and asked does it matter? In finding an answer we must consider what Jesus, Peter and Paul believed about it. Some key verses for understanding this are Mark 10v6 and John 5v46,57.
Many problems arise if we try to marry evolution with the bible. The new testament authors understood there to be a first Adam 2 Peter 3v5,6
In the second half Philip addressed the issue of death and suffering. This is a key issue that comes up in many evangelism encounters in some shape or form so I am keen to learn more about carefully refuting this one.
The bible clearly shows us the reason that there is pain, parasites, cancer and animals that rip other animals to pieces – God didn’t make the world that way. We are under God’s curse due to our sin. Much of our problem with not being able to see God is due to our bias of atheism, agnosticism, etc. Christianity is a bias too – the question is which is the best bias to have?
Philip then went on to explore the big proof for an intelligent designer – the level of complexity in created things. For some reason people cannot understand that non-man made things have design (any suggestions please reply.) We can laugh at a picture of rocks rolling down a hill to form words (It obviously was put there by someone) but think mutated chance and good fortune made the grass and flowers growing on the side of the hill.
Philip highlight just how flimsy putting our faith in science is because our understandings of the world are constantly deepening or changing. He gave the example of the view that 97% of DNA was junk till years later it was discovered that so much more of it is important.
He spent some time looking at cells and how difficult it is for scientists to try to explain the series of intermediate steps that show the evolution of cells. In a shocking quote he gave, scientists could not explain a theory of assembly for a certain cell structure but went on to praise evolution for being so marvellous for having done this thing. This quote clearly showed how much faith was at work in those scientists.
Overall it was a very enjoyable night and I have got a lot of good ideas out of it. I found Philip’s talk to be very biblically based and had an evangelistic note to it towards the end. My key question that I left with tonight was, ‘why do people look but then deny there is a God?’ I think there are some clear biblical responses to this found in Romans chapter 1. If you can think of any more suggestions please let me know. I am interested in ways to be most effective in reaching such people (yes I know that salvation is of the Lord, but we still have a responsibility to be as clear and helpful as we can be).