Thursday, June 22, 2006


Episcopalians Affirm Evolution

Delegates to the 75th Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Columbus, Ohio have passed legislation affirming "the theory of evolution provides a fruitful and unifying scientific explanation for the emergence of life on earth, that many theological interpretations of origins can readily embrace an evolutionary outlook, and that an acceptance of evolution is entirely compatible with an authentic and living Christian faith."

The Convention further resolved to "strongly encourage state legislatures and state and local boards of education to establish standards for science education based on the best available scientific knowledge as accepted by a consensus of the scientific community; and be it further Resolved, That Episcopal dioceses and congregations seek the assistance of scientists and science educators in understanding what constitutes reliable scientific knowledge."

The Church position, while affirming that "God is Creator," embraces what has been called theistic evolution in opposition to those who argue that a literal interpretation of Genesis rules out evolution. Likewise, the Episcopalian position differs from that taken by ID activists who also argue against common descent.

While Kansas State Board of Education Chair Steve Abrams may believe that people must choose between evolution and the bible, the Episcopalian Church resolution demonstrate that for many Christians they are completely compatible.

Read the Episcopalian's explanation for their resolution here.


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