Academic journal article Ethics & Medicine

How I Changed My Mind about Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science

Academic journal article Ethics & Medicine

How I Changed My Mind about Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science

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How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals Reflect on Faith and Science Kathryn Applegate and J.B. Stump, Editors. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic, 2016. ISBN 978-0-8308-5290-1, 200 PAGES, PAPER, $16.00.

How I Changed My Mind About Evolution contains 25 short essays, or mini-memoirs, written by scientists, pastors, biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers who have been "converted" from a biblical creationist view of the world to an evolutionary one. It emanates from BioLogos, whose mission is to present the harmony between science and biblical faith as they present an evolutionary understanding of God's creation. BioLogos' position is termed an "evolutionary creation position," which is in contrast to Intelligent Design theory, young earth creationism (which assumes the earth to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old), and old earth creationism (which posits that the earth may be billions of years old by understanding the "days" of Genesis to be of a much longer period of time than 24 hours, enabling a literal reading). The focus of the writers is not on academic arguments for evolution as much as on personal testimony that they hope will impact other evangelicals who do not yet hold their position.

The essays focus on the reasons why people have changed their views and include the inf luence of a mentor (usually a teacher), books, science classes, and on a new non-literal hermeneutic for Genesis. …

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