In the century and a half since Darwin published the Origin of the Species, no Christian theologian has given a more searching examination to the question of man’s place in the cosmos than Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis. His readers have naturally wondered what conclusion Lewis drew about evolutionary theory. A debate next week at Biola University, in La Mirada, California, confronts the question head-on: Was Lewis a Darwinian, a proponent of intelligent design, a theistic evolutionist, or something else altogether?
Titled “Evolution and C.S. Lewis: What Did He Really Believe?,” the event features Center for Science & Culture associate director Dr. John West in conversation with Dr. Michael Peterson of Asbury Seminary. The debate will take place on the Biola campus, Monday, February 6, 2012, 7-9:30 pm, in Sutherland Auditorium. The cost is $10 per person. For more information about registering, see here.
The evolution controversy is charged not only with scientific but, of course, spiritual and philosophical importance as well. Our generation is not the first to have wrestled with the problem of whether Charles Darwin’s theory can be reconciled with traditional Christian and other religious faiths — and if so, how? That discussion goes back to Darwin’s own day.
We argue about what the revered and beloved thinkers of the past believed about evolution because most of us have the inkling that their wisdom was greater than our own. In their insights, we seek inspiration and guidance. Join Dr. West and Dr. Peterson as they explore a key issue in the understanding of Lewis’s thought.