In the beginning…

"The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo (public domain)

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and a big, steaming pile of controversy.

For decades, a battle for survival has raged in the arena of public opinion, with religious fundamentalists on one side, scientists on the other and pretty much everyone else caught in the middle. The battle is — supposedly — over evolution, or Darwinism, or “atheism,” or whatever else you may choose to call it.

While the evolution side has gained much ground in recent decades, we at God of Evolution think the battle is not yet won.

Not in a country where 46 percent of people still reject the overwhelming scientific consensus on the origins of human life. Not in a country where states continue to pass or uphold laws allowing the teaching of creationism or intelligent design materials in public schools. Not in a country where a Christian organization is raising $24.5 million — not to dig wells for poor villages in Africa — but to build a full-size model of Noah’s ark in Kentucky, even though the scientific community soundly dismisses the global flood hypothesis, and the whole ark-theme-park idea is a pretty lame one overall.

No, the war is not yet won, it has merely shifted — and the new battlegrounds are the churches of America. Despite the facts that public support for antievolutionist views is shrinking, and most every established denomination has expressed openness to Darwin’s theory, rejection of mainstream science remains incredibly high in evangelical Christian circles and some polls suggest those numbers are growing.

This is the audience GOE was designed for. We are evangelical Christians who love Jesus and the church. We want to help our brothers and sisters see there is no need to shrink away from exploring the universe God made, and we want to give a voice to the 25 percent or so of us who are already there.

If you agree this issue still matters, or if you agree with this site’s mission (or if you hate us and everything we stand for), let us know. In any case, thanks for reading.

Tyler Francke

  • Bill Francis

    Tyler, very interesing. No question that some stories in the Bible that have been handed down are hard to grasp. So many things we don’t understand, things beyond our ability to comprehend. But without faith in a creator – God – where would we be?
    Best wishes to you!

    • admin

      Thanks for reading!

  • Jill Smith

    Hi Tyler–Here’s a few books I think you’d be interested in:
    “Blue Like Jazz”
    “Crazy for God”
    “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time”
    “The Myth of a Christian Nation”
    Have you read any of those? I could loan most of them out to you. None are actually about evolution, but they challenge Christians the way you are trying to challenge Christians. You could pass them along to others. Let me know if you want to borrow any.

  • Neale Adams

    Tyler
    Good start. I appreciate that what you have shown so far recognizes reality and that it is not subject to a vote. Sen. DP Moynihan, is the one I thought said you can have your own opinion, but not your own facts; however, I thought I found somewhere that it was said earlier by one of FDR’s secretaries.
    Nevertheless I will be interested to see where you go with this and whether you really can harmonize…or if you are left with Gould’ s NOM…no overlapping magesteria. May enlightenment be yours.
    One snippet of advice: don’t play the victim card (“if you hate us..”).
    Think you could send some enlightenment your mother’s way….
    Peace
    Neale