How to Keep Your Kids From Rejecting God Over Evolution in College
Pointing to Psalm 19 and Romans 1, the professor laid out eight principles of what nature reveals about God. The creation is active in declaring God's nature, its message is understandable by all people, that message is also non-verbal and never-ending, reaching to all people in all places at all times. The message is a divine revelation from God, but human beings can reject it, and if they do so, they are accountable for it.
Romans 1:21-23 has a chilling message for atheists who reject God's revelation through nature:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
While the last verse explains paganism, it can also explain outspoken atheists. Lamoureux explains that dysteleological or atheistic evolution breaks God's first commandment — "This position commits the greatest of all sins. Atheists toss God away into the realm of delusion, and then they in effect put themselves in his place."
Romans promises that the result of such a sin would be a darkening of the mind, and that is what happens: "Maybe atheists are trapped in the delusion that there is no God."
In contrast, evolutionary creationists like Lamoureux embrace evolution as a scientific theory, but do not draw the (unwarranted) conclusion that evolution is not directed to a final purpose, and that there is no God. Rather, they view God's use of the mechanism of evolution as yet more evidence of His inspiring, complex, and beautiful creation.
This is how some Christians fit evolution into their conception of God's creation and his intelligent design — yes, God made the universe, he made human beings last and in His image, and human beings sinned, but he did this through the mechanism of evolution.
Again, Lamoureux did not write his book to convince all Christians to embrace evolution — that does not matter in the long run. He wrote the book to provide a way for those Christians who become convinced of evolution, especially as young adults in college, to reconcile that science with their faith.
For an explanation of how Lamoureux deals with scripture's view of the natural world, read this. I highly recommend his book as an "innoculation." High school and college kids should read it to prepare them for college and debates on faith and science, and parents and pastors should read it so they can understand the multiple Christian perspectives on origins.
Overall, Christians should not surrender their faith in order to embrace modern science. This would be a true travesty, because modern science arguably grew out of a Christian worldview. Christians can believe in evolution, and need not throw out Jesus' saving grace for scientific truth. God revealed his truth in both scripture and nature — and Christians should accept nothing less.