Every year about this time the Darwin lobby gets religion and crows about so-called Evolution Sunday when pastors are supposed to urge their flocks to get Darwinized. Our approach has always been to talk about the science. When religion comes up in the evolution debate it is almost always an atheist or a theistic evolutionist who raises the subject. And then we have to respond.
So here is our response, timed to this year’s Evolution Sunday which falls on February 12, Charles Darwin’s birthday. Below, you’ll find some great resources to turn to when the Clergy Letter Project is paraded across the Huffington Post and BioLogos websites in honor of the holy day.
The first and best resource is God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith, edited by Jay Richards.
Can you coherently believe in God and Darwin? What is “theistic” evolution, and is it consistent with traditional theism? What challenges does Darwin’s theory pose for thoughtful Protestants, Catholics, and Jews? Is it “anti-science” to question Darwinian theory?
Addressing all these questions head-on, God and Evolution is ideal for use in small groups and adult Sunday School classes, and each chapter comes with discussion questions and downloadable video clips to facilitate educational use. A discussion/study guide is also available as a free download:
Free Introduction and First ChapterFor additional resources see here:
Free Discussion Guide
Free Video Clips for Use in Small Groups and Adult Sunday School Classes
Read: John West’s essay “God and Darwin: Are They Compatible?”
Can you believe in God and Darwinian evolution at the same time? Use these free discussion questions to help you explore this question by examining what leading proponents of evolution say. Especially suitable for: Small group discussions, or as part of a larger adult Sunday School class on science and faith or evolution.
“The Return of the God Hypothesis”
Use this free article by Stephen Meyer and the accompanying discussion questions to explore the lines of evidence from science that provide support for a theistic worldview. Especially suitable for: Small group discussions, or as part of a larger adult Sunday School class on science and faith or intelligent design.
Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?
Watch: Are science and faith at war? Does science undermine or corroborate belief in God? Does faith suppress or inspire scientific research? Explore these questions and more through this DVD set featuring more than 10 hours of presentations from a 2010 conference at Westminster Theological Seminary.
God and Materialism
Watch: Are human beings and the rest of nature the result of purposeful design or undirected matter and energy? Does materialism help or hinder the operation of good science? Explore these questions and more through this multiple-DVD set featuring more than 10 hours of presentations from a 2011 conference at Westminster Theological Seminary.