Selected Articles on Evolution

Selected Articles on Evolution

Selected Articles on Evolution

Selected Articles on Evolution

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One phase of the controversy between the Fundamentalists and the Modernists, which has raged so bitterly in the churches these past few years, is the attack on the teaching of the theory of evolution in the schools and colleges of this country. To those who had accepted the evolutionary theory as a scientific hypothesis, with no disturbance of their religious faith, since to them science and religion were in no wise irreconcilable, but supplemented each other in ministering to human needs, this outburst came as a distinct shock, and as a disagreeable reminiscence of earlier religious conflicts which it had seemed could not possibly be revived again. To the Fundamentalist, however, the matter is a vital one, since to him to accept the evolutionary theory is to overthrow religious belief founded on a literal acceptance of the Bible. The Fundalist position has been set forth briefly byEldred C. Vanderlaan in Fundamentalism vs. Modernism as follows:

For the Fundamentalist the theory of evolution tends to becomes the great enemy. First of all, it contradicts the Bible. It is not merely that it contradicts the first chapter of Genesis; but it is felt to destroy that whole system of doctrine built on the Fall of Adam and Eve, a system which the Fundamentalist holds to be taught throughout the Bible. No fall, no real problem of son; no sin, no need of salvation; no salvation, no divine Redeemer; and so no Christianity. The doctrine of the animal ancestry of man is held to be degrading, to make man not truly a child of God. If sin is only the remains of the ape and tiger is us, it seems less serious, certainly less guilty. So with might and main the Fundamentalist bestirs himself to show that evolution is unproved.

The Modernist position is perhaps best illustrated in the statement issued while the Presbyterian General Assembly and the Convention of Northern Baptists were . . .

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