Thinking Through the Theological Problems with Theistic Evolution

I have been hoping to post some of my own thoughts on recent questions of science and faith, but time escapes me. The question of the historical Adam and Eve has become a major issue just in the last decade or so. Organizations like and even Christianity Today have brought this issue to the fore. Peter Enns, of biologos, recently critiqued Dr. Al Mohler’s theory of “apparent age.” Dr. Jon Barlow raises some very important issues in response to Enns’ critique See here, as well, for second iteration of the dialogue between Enns and Barlow.

Dr. Barlow’s thoughts are excellent and I strongly commend them to those interested in this issue. Among other things he has highlighted a particular element in this issue: all current proposals concerning the creation of world (6 day, framework, analogical days, day-age, etc.) and humanity (special creation of Adam and Eve, “upgrading” pre-existing hominids, theistic evolution, etc.) run into problems with a) the biblical text, b) science, and c) theology. It is a mistake to assume that any one proposal solves all problems or even every problem in one of the three categories. For instance, Christian theistic evolutionists must depart from their secular colleagues at some point and 6 day creation runs into a few textual problems, as well. Thus, for each proposal, one must ask, “How many problems does this solve and how many does it create?” In Barlow’s opinion, theistic evolution creates far more problems than it solves.

This is an issue that is unlikely to go away in the near future. We, here, at For Christ and His Kingdom have different opinions, but can hopefully discuss this issue with charity, clarity, and conviction. Barlow has done just that, and so I recommend that you read his post, both for the thoughts he offers and for the way in which he offers them.


About Peter Green

I am a doctoral student at Wheaton College. My dissertation is on vineyard imagery in the Old Testament, particularly as it is used to convey the theme of Creation to New Creation. My interests are (in no particular order): biblical ethics, epistemology, apologetics, sacramentology, science and faith, biblical theology, OT theology, biblical political philosophy, and intertextuality. I consider myself to be in the historic Reformed tradition, and attend a PCA church. I graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary--the PCA's denominational seminary--and hope work for Reformed University Fellowship, which is the PCA's campus ministry, following my PhD studies.
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