Around the Churchian.

Evolution as a theory, is part of High Church Athiesm and full of holes. The one thing that the BLM morons get correct is that it will inevitably lead to some form of differentiation between populations of people, with correlations of genomes and dysocial behaviour, or r/K theory taking over. They are right to say that is racist, showing their r (equalitarian, high resource, low competition) orientation.

Yes, that was a circular argument.

Many people think we can compromise here. The best book on this is old: Schaeffer’s Genesis in Space and Time, written before post modernism, and defending a historical Adam. We cannot lose that.

Biologos is openly committed to theistic evolution, and they have touted Novare’s curriculum. Given that men like Tim Keller and Michael Horton are cool with Biologos, it is not surprising that this outlook is also making inroads in the classical Christian world of education. But this is not a Trojan horse. Nor is it a teeny little Trojan Eohippus. No, this is a Trojan Argentinosaurus. Lots of compromise can fit inside that thing.

For theological reasons, to be developed in a minute, I need to make a distinction between old earth cosmology and theistic evolution. I don’t agree with either one, but they are very different mistakes. All theistic evolutionists hold to an old earth, of necessity, but not all old-earthers believe in evolution. And we also have to factor in people like Milton who, never having heard of Darwin, apparently held to an older cosmos and a young earth. Church history has contained more than a few odd views on this general topic, but enough about Augustine. The real hazard in all this, post Darwin, is the idea of common descent, and the denial or downplaying of a historic Adam and Eve. And that particular compromise is establishing a foothold in many classical Christian schools.

If you read through the linked material, you will see young earth creation sharply distinguished from old earth creation, while old earth creation and theistic evolution are treated like they are more or less the same thing. This has the result confounding a couple of issues that must not be confounded. It is the difference between hard core creationism and/or intelligent design on one side, and methodological naturalism on the other. And you cannot prepare students to face down naturalism by teaching them how to surrender to it before the first battle.

I care a lot less about how old a particular asteroid might be than I do about whether Adam and Eve had great grandparents who were also great primates. Of course, because the authority of Scripture is at stake with both questions, I do care about both, but the former error is simply an error, while the latter error is a disaster on stilts. We cannot lose the first Adam without losing the last Adam, along with the gospel, and our salvation, and the meaning of life. It is not a trifle.

…Just recently I again went through Francis Schaeffer’s marvelous little book Escape From Reason, and was edified in all kinds of ways. Half a century later, it is clear exactly how prescient Schaeffer was. Without a historic space/time fall, a time when a historic Adam ate the fruit that was forbidden him, the entire Christian framework, worldview, and gospel, lie in shambles. And once that Christian framework, worldview and gospel are in shambles, it is not long before the Christian lives of our young people are down there with them.

The glory of classical Christian education is that, when it is done right, it equips the student to meet the intellectual challenges that will be thrown at him. When accommodation is made with evolution in any way, to any extent, that equipping vanishes. It is as though the school was created to fit out the student in the whole armor of God, but as a result of certain sophisticated compromises in the science department, we decided that we would rather send them out with a broken stick and a trash can lid. But that is not the sword of the Spirit, nor is it the shield of faith. It is the stick of the spirit of the age, and the trash can lid of urbane doubts.

There are numerous issues related to all of this, but I will just mention one. If there is one argumentative juggernaut that modern unbelief loves to deploy against believers, it is the problem of evil. And if there is one argument that Christians struggle to answer, it is the same one.

So let us see what theistic evolution does to the problem of natural evil. Take the first chapters of Genesis in whatever creative way the theistic evolutionist would have you take it. One thing is undeniable, and that is that God thought what he was doing was good and very good. So whatever was actually happening down underneath all that creation narrative poetry, God thought it was splendid.

But what was happening? Well, it was nature down there, red in tooth and claw. It was aeon after aeon of a process that one thinker described as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. We are forced to believe in the existence of these long ages — are we not?– because of the massive fossil bone yards that we find all over the world. You know, billions of carcasses. Cemeteries as far as the eye can see. Millions of years of struggle and pain and agonistic dying. And there is the God of your theistic evolutionary process, looking down on the whole bloody process, beaming. And behold, it was very good.

No sin either. Just massive amounts of pain and suffering. No, check that. Good pain and suffering. In this system, agonistic struggle is not the result of Adam’s fall. In the “simplistic” young earth creationist perspective, Adam’s sin introduced death into the world. In the theistic evolution scenario, death introduced Adam. In the biblical framework, the world is broken because we broke it. In the world of the methodological naturalist, there is no reason at all for supposing the world to be broken in any way.

If you are at a Churchian place, your sins won’t be confronted, and you won’t change. It may be that this time has been sent to us because we have allowed quarter to sin. A fair amount of the self improvement literature out there can help, but it is aimed at worldly goals — winning the secular race and getting a partner du jour. We don’t get that. Frequently. The reason we don’t get what we want is that often what we want is the thing that is doing us harm.

Which brings me from scholastic hum-buggery to a penitent and repentant master manipulator of women.

When you pursue sin, and that sin could be fornication, greed, or pride in the form of status, your life will become more about mitigating the problems that come from those pursuits than experiencing any sort of happiness you envisioned from the initial fantasy of being sexually successful, rich, or high status. If you think about how many books and online resources exist that teach men how to pickup girls (I wrote many), it’s clear that a goal of fornication is anything but “natural” if it’s defined as something that is inborn to our spirit and doesn’t require hundreds or thousands of failed attempts to get right. The same goes with money: many people are spending their entire lives mastering the art of getting dollar bills to reproduce, but they remain far from reproducing themselves.

To a person without faith, my current life is boring. There is no excitement. I wake up, pray, read, and sit in front of the computer for my daily toil. I eat two meals a day, make a few political tweets, watch some basic entertainment at night, and then go to bed, yet I don’t have any problems that stem from this life. I may seem alone to you, but with God in my life, I’m less alone than even when I was with a sexually exciting woman. I may seem to receive no pleasure, but watching a cardinal bathe in a stream on a warm day gives me more joy than when I attended a packed nightclub while under the influence of lust and alcohol. My senses are not titillated, and while it’s possible I eat too many sweets, I train myself not to seek things of this world to give me pleasure. God will not let me suffer needlessly, and as long as I’m patient, He will give me harmless pleasures that exceed those I sought from my own will.

No quarter. Do not fear. Confront the scholastic heretics, who assume secular qualifications continue to have value.

They do not. The value in a man is measured in the impact that your life has on those around you.