Blogger Jeremy Pierce at Parableman recently posted Francis Collins and Intelligent Design about five different views in the spectrum of creationism-evolutionism. Jeremy Pierce is a blogger who has interesting things to say about social-political-biblical issues.
As a Christian, where do you stand within this spectrum of creationism-evolutionism views?
1. Atheistic evolution: Everything we experience is best explained by naturalistic explanations such as natural selection and random chance, with no guidance from an intelligent being.
2. Naturalistic-like theistic evolution: Natural selection and what appears to be random chance constitute the best scientific account of human origins, but God intelligently guided the process along by setting up the laws of nature so that they would lead to human development.
3. Non-naturalistic theistic evolution: Natural selection and the mechanisms of the standard evolutionary account are correct in postulating human origins from common descent with other animals, but God intelligently guided the process along by intervening in the natural order.
4. Special creation (old-earth): Divine intervention occurred to create human beings at a certain time in history without humans having descended from other animals. Nevertheless, this took place in the general time scheme scientists accept for when humans first appeared, and the universe and the earth are as old as our best science generally takes them to be.
5. Special creation (young-earth): Divine intervention occurred to create human beings at a certain time in history without humans having descended from other animals. This happened during the one exact week that God used to create the universe and all life on earth, with humans appearing on the sixth day of that week.
I commented that:
I’ve struggled in bouncing back and forth between views # 2-4. I still find these 3 views plausible within the confines of inspiration and infallibility of scripture, which are things I don’t want to forsake. But I find that with view #2 I have a tough time reconciling with the infallibility of Scripture. I don’t know.