We bring you another testimony this morning, this one submitted by a reader who wished to identified by his first name only. Elements of his journey wrestling with matters of science and faith will no doubt resonate with many of you, as it does with me. I especially appreciated his honesty and self-reflection, the sudden revelation that caused him to finally reject the young-earth creationist doctrine in which he had been raised, and which he had once zealously defended. All links and emphases mine.
I feel introductions are in order here.
My name is Jacob, I am a follower of Christ (of the Southern Baptist variety) and a student of scripture. My story actually begins with a bit of my salvation testimony. I was raised in a Christian home, although I had quite a loose understanding of what being a Christian actually entailed. I came to Christ after a friend wrote an article on the “Good News of Easter” in April 2010, acknowledging that being a Christian meant much more than simply believing in God and doing good things.
I say this because it plays critically into my transition (evolution humor) to an evolutionary understanding of nature. I was raised as a Baptist and was taught that evolution was something completely untrue. Although I agreed with my parents at the time, I really didn’t consider the subject in detail until mid-2011, when I started really trying to grow in my faith. As I began to do research and listened to sermons online, I came across a video of a Catholic priest arguing about how should science should be challenged from a Genesis perspective. He went on to say that his argument was not one of “science vs. religion,” but of “religion vs. religion.” Read on