Saturday, 30 June 2012

Are creationists representative of Evangelical Christians?

This from a man who thinks dinosaurs roamed medieval Cumbria and that UFO's are spirits [our emphasis], Philip Bell who says this in the comments;
I think we have to distinguish between those are evangelical in the sense that this would have been understood 40-50 years ago, and those who profess to be evangelical, but whose beliefs on biblical Creation and other doctrinal issues demonstate a radical departure from traditional evangelicalism. 
Speaking from my own experience of 11 years of full-time ministry throughout the UK and Europe (having spoken in many hundreds of churches and engaged in discussion with numerous ministers who would take the label 'evangelical', I would concur that the vast majority of 'evangelical Christians' (i.e. those who self-describe in this way) reject a literal six-day Creation. I know that every single one of the 28 speakers currently representing CMI around the world would agree unhesitatingly with me. 
Furthermore, many organisations which would self-describe as evangelical teach strongly against six-day Creation and advocate death-and-bloodshed before Adam over millions of years, local Flood etc. An example is 'Reasons to believe', based in North America, whose 'progressive creationism' teaching has gained wide acceptance in many 'evangelical' churches.
And yet the creationists first argument is almost always to frame the political debate about creationism as being Christians versus Atheists.

Still no one should be surprised that creationist arguments are contradictory.

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