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6.04.2007    |    Sam Brownback on evolution
Faith and science are compatible, after all. Well, I know this to be true, having been trained in the sciences. That training didn't destroy my faith. In fact, it only made it stronger: what a wonder is our Creator, who gave us brains to figure out His creation.

I'm not a creationist, if that means that I must believe that the world, including human beings who are just like us, were created in six literal 24-hour days as we understand time. But I do believe that man is not an accident; that God created us in His image, although we continue to struggle with what, exactly, "in His image" actually means.

Getting to Senator Sam Brownback, here's what he wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times on the topic:
If belief in evolution means simply assenting to microevolution, small changes over time within a species, I am happy to say, as I have in the past, that I believe it to be true. If, on the other hand, it means assenting to an exclusively materialistic, deterministic vision of the world that holds no place for a guiding intelligence, then I reject it.

Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science.
Sen. Brownback is running for president (who isn't these days?), and, for an evangelical, he's the logical choice. He is a principled disciple of Jesus Christ, and pulls no punches about his beliefs. He's also an articulate defender of the Christian faith as it can be lived in the public square.

It's precisely for these reasons that he's got essentially a zero chance to become president: too Christian; actually believes that unborn children are persons who deserve the protection of law.

I'd vote for him if given the chance.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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