Editor’s note: The following is a short list of handy resources for theistic evolutionists, or those looking to better understand theistic evolution, prepared by one of our contributors. We would add to this list the BioLogos documentary “From the Dust” and the work of Denis O. Lamoureux, but there are many more that could be mentioned. Please feel free to share your favorite resources in the comments below.
Good morning, reader. Nothing in-depth this time around. No history lesson, or ranting, or book review. Just wanted to drop in, “poke my head in the door,” and link you to a few resources that can help you learn more about theistic evolution and/or teach others about it.
I know it seems like such a lonely and depressing road sometimes, being the only Darwinist in a room full of Hams. Very lonely indeed. And it can seem like an even bigger battle trying to find Christian curricula for your kids that support theistic evolution, so that you can teach a rational view of origins to them. But fear not! You, my fellow theistic evolutionist, are not alone! Not only do you have me, Race Hochdorf, a masked hero in tights (dare to dream) — you also have numerous organizations, books, academics and curriculum to save your days!
Below I will name some of the best resources for theistic evolutionists I have come across so far, and why I think they are the best. It is my sincere hope that you will use these resources to learn and teach others who are young, both in age and in the faith.
1. BioLogos. BioLogos is a think-tank dedicated to the compatibility of reason and faith. They provide resources including videos, books, articles and best of all in my opinion — the BioLogos Forum which address topics like biblical inspiration, inerrancy, biblical interpretation and, of course, Genesis 1-11. Notable and well-regarded Christian thinkers associated with BioLogos are: N.T. Wright, Peter Enns, Francis Collins and John Walton.
2. Relevant magazine. Relevant, while not primarily about science and faith or theistic evolution, is more or less sympathetic to our cause, but its focus is much broader and not dedicated to a single issue. The magazine is a publication for Christians interested in moving the faith conversation forward into the 21st century in a way that is progressive, constructive and empowering. If you were ever like me, and selective of what you shared on Facebook, once you bring Relevant into your life, you’ll become the biggest share-monster the likes of which your friends have never seen. Grandma’s barrage of Farmville invites will have nothing on you, as you breathe Relevant fire down on Newsfeed Tokyo.
3. John Lennox. As an American, I know John Lennox is smart because he has a sexy, sophisticated British accent. He’s like a Jesus-loving Albert Finney. “‘Ello the’e!… Aye m’boy! God’s chummy abou’ you!” Let the YECs brag about “The Genesis Flood” and “The New Geology.” Let them have their non-scientist, non-geologist, fundamentalist, Adventist-“prophet” writers. Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University… so yeah. Here is a link to Lennox’s video page on YouTube, though the site’s servers may crash due to overload of excellence. Lennox has debated many skeptics, including “atheist greats” Richard Dawkins and the now-deceased Christopher Hitchens.
4. The Test Of Faith curriculum. Test Of Faith is a DVD that comes with a study guide, and is ideal for junior high to college age groups. One big reason I like it is because it pisses Ken Ham off. Test Of Faith, produced by project leader Ruth Bancewicz with the help of Abigail McFarthing and others, is ideal teaching material for homeschoolers, though geared toward anybody that is interested.
5. Christian Schools International. Christian Schools International made news in The Atlantic for being one of the first Christian textbook producers to meet the demands of homeschooling parents to have Christian schoolbooks that teach real science, rather than this disgrace (and this one, too). Yes Ken Ham, you read that right. Homeschooling parents are demanding Christian science books that reek not of your own foul and intellectually odiferous pen.
Ken Bergwerff, curriculum specialist at Christian Schools International reported to The Atlantic, “Most science textbooks that attempt to present the content from a Christian perspective also attempt to discredit the theory of evolution. Some do it discreetly; others are quite blatant. The CSI science curriculum clearly presents science from a Christian perspective, but does not attempt to discredit the theory of evolution. The content presents God as the author of all of creation, no matter how he did it or when he did it.”
6. “Finding Darwin’s God,” by Kenneth Miller. I’m not going to say much about this book, because doing so will ruin an upcoming review I will do of it. But let me put it this way. To read “Finding Darwin’s God” after “The Genesis Flood” is comparable to watching a leopard devour a baby wildebeest on the Discovery channel.* It’s just. Not. Fair. Buy “Finding Darwin’s God.” Out of all the resources I’ve just given you, if you check out no others, check out “Finding Darwin’s God” and buy it. Read it, have your significant other read it, have your kids read it, have mom and dad read it and teach the dog to read so it can read it.
With this list of resources I bid you adieu. These are likely not the only resources theistic evolutionists have at their disposal, but it’s enough to get one started, and I promised I was only stopping by and popping my head in the door.
*Before endeavoring to read “The Genesis Flood,” even doing so with the intention of seeing how badly it gets killed by the brilliance of “Finding Darwin’s God,” do keep in mind that time once lost cannot be regained, and life is but a vapor.
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