By Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
This question was published by John Morris in June 1999, and asks if evolution and creation could be telling the same story of God creating our planet.
Could they both be telling the same story? It all depends on whether or not you accept evolution. From a theological perspective, there is no reason you cannot accept both evolution and an inerrant, literal Genesis. Morris claims that "the two stories are irreconcilably different." This is not true, as Morris shows that he has no true understanding of theistic evolution. Granted, there are theistic evolutionists who do not believe in a literal creation story, but that it not my point. My point is that you can if you so choose.
Morris points out the apparent contradictions between evolution and creation. Rather than repeat an entire article here, I encourage everyone to check out Evolution vs. Creation: Order of Events. It explains how to harmonize the two. In short, Morris is assuming that the days of creation within theistic evolution have a start and end point which makes them consecutive days. They do not. The days of creation overlap, and completely solve the contradictions that Morris brings up....while maintaining inerrancy.
For old earth progressive creationists, who do not accept evolution, you may not agree with theistic evolution. However, it remains a viable position that a Christian can take with regards to creation. So, from your viewpoint, evolution and creation are not telling the same story, however, it doesn't matter in the long run...Jesus is what is important (see Billy Graham).
Dr. John's Q&A #126, published on the web at www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=1198
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