How to Keep Your Kids From Rejecting God Over Evolution in College
When Denis Lamoureux, now associate professor of science and religion at the University of Alberta, first got to college, he believed God created the world in six 24-hour days. After his first biology course, he was convinced of evolution. Eventually, he became an atheist.
Many years later, he returned to the faith, and after a long struggle of faith, he came to the realization that a Christian can indeed believe in evolution. So he wrote a book, Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!, to prevent your kids from falling into the same trap.
"My book is written for young people," Lamoureux told PJ Media in an interview Tuesday. "Should you go to university or college and be convinced that evolution is true, then my book presents you can embrace evolution but you don't have to lose your faith and your walk with Jesus."
"Have this on your random access memory, so to speak, and should you see evolution being true, you don't have to be in this choice of losing your faith the way I did as a university student," the professor added. Many Christians and non-Christians believe there is a dichotomy between faith and science — especially between the Christian faith and biological evolution.
In his book, the professor told the story of a "brilliant young woman" who told him about the one thing she learned in his class. "I am completely free," she said. "I have been freed from the dichotomies. And now I can love God and embrace evolution."
Lamoureux said he did not write his book to convince young Earth creationists or advocates of "Intelligent Design Theory" that evolution is true. "Some people will be going to the grave as young Earthers, and that doesn't bother me in the least," he explained. Instead, the reason he wrote the book was for students like this brilliant young woman — those believers who struggle to reconcile their faith with the evidence for evolution.
The professor told PJ Media he was very concerned about the way evolution is taught in schools today — especially in colleges and universities. "It's one thing to talk about [the biological theory of] evolution, but to talk about evolution as dysteleological or atheistic" is wrong, he argued. (By "dysteleological" he means the idea that there is no purpose or ultimate goal (Greek word telos) of evolution, but that it is driven by chance alone.)
Teachers too often "baptize this evolution with this atheistic worldview," interpreting the facts as supporting atheism when in reality atheism is a "leap of faith" away from the science. Lamoureux encouraged teachers to "leave the theology out of it."
Whether or not evolution is true, it is a leap of faith from the scientific facts to the spiritual/metaphysical position that there is no God, the professor argued.
In fact, a large percentage of American scientists actually believe in a personal God, despite their belief in evolution. Indeed, one survey found that 40 percent of leading scientists in the United States believe in a God who answers prayer in ways that go beyond subjective psychological benefits.
Further, Lamoureux actually pointed out verses from the Bible which suggest that scientists who use evolution as an excuse to reject God are suffering under a delusion.
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