Over at the Edge website, they have warehoused an extensive internet debate about whether or not Christianity is compatible with evolution. Ironically, this is a striking example where many atheists and Christians are in complete agreement, arguing that evolution is incompatible with Christian belief. The atheists think that once you accept evolution, you are intellectually obligated to abandon Christianity. The Christians think that because we are Christians, we need to deny evolution. And both sides enjoy pointing to people who claim they left their Christian faith once they understood evolution.
I have just shown that both sides are wrong:
It would not matter if Dawkins/Gould was correct. Because even if chance and natural selection brought us into existence, well, then that’s what would be needed to bring us into existence. God is still in control because this very reality where chance and natural selection brought us into existence would not exist and be sustained if God had not wanted to commune with us. God choose to create this reality whereby chance and natural selection brought us into existence because that is our reality and our history. From God’s perspective, beyond our space-time reality, our emergence was inevitable and foreknown because the very reason this reality was chosen into existence is precisely because God knew it would spawn us, regardless of the mechanism. Creation runs through us and exists because of us.
Look at it this way. Do you think God is surprised by all the lottery winners across this nation every day? Do you think God is surprised as to who was a winner at Las Vegas? If not, do you think it is because God somehow intervened in all those games of chance to determine the winners? I think not.
God, who transcends our space-time reality, looks upon it and knows. So even if all of evolution was one big game of chance, He likewise knows the outcome. And he chose this space-time reality precisely because of the known outcome.
So while the Hatfields and McCoys continue their feud, we know that, at least when it comes the question of chance and God’s intentions and plans, even the evolutionary views of Dawkins and Gould fail to show that evolution is incompatible with Christianity.