by Vijay Jayaraman
In the end, as much as I am critical of TE, I do not believe that holding an ID-like view of origins ought to be a litmus test for genuine faith. TE advocates are in some very good company, counting among them the late Princeton theologian B.B. Warfield, eminent physicist/theologian John Polkinghorne, and many members of SBCC whose spiritual wisdom and depth I admire. But even as we admit diversity on this issue, we must remember that the created order is one of God’s signposts to the world of His existence. As Christians, we must be clear on how His presence is manifested in that created order, both in the cosmos and in our bodies. Christians have work to do here, and it is important work. We must also never forget that the created order is not God’s only signpost. The second great signpost is the moral order, and it is no accident that created order and moral order are both beautifully extolled in the Psalm 19, or juxtaposed by Paul in Romans 1 and 2. It is also highly significant that Francis Collins was unconvinced by the design argument, yet led to Christ by the moral argument of C.S. Lewis. Conversely, the atheist Anthony Flew, contemporary of C.S. Lewis, was unconvinced by Lewis’ moral argument, yet ultimately led to deism by design arguments. As Christ’s disciples, we seek to win souls and not arguments. In the process, we may find one door closed and another one open. God, in His graciousness, has spoken to the world in multiple languages, and it is the task of His church to become fluent in them all.