Here are the seven points of summary BioLogos gave from the information gleaned from this survey. Click the link above or below to read the detailed annotations.
- Pastors hold a diversity of views on origins (the chart above shows the breakdown).
- Most pastors think science and faith questions are important.
- Clergy think disagreements on science and faith harm our witness (but for different reasons).
- Pastors aren’t avoiding science.
- However, they are concerned about evolution for biblical reasons.
- The majority of clergy accept parts of scripture as symbolic.
- Clergy are concerned that changing their views on origins might compromise their ministry.
I hardly waste my time arguing creationism. I would rather argue the cause of truth. Either God's Word is true or it is not. It helps us not to have a Scripture which includes truth but is not true. How are we to know which is truth and which is less? Do we leave it up to the experts? Do we leave it up to reason? Do we leave it up to us? There is nothing more dangerous that truth unhitched from fact.
Speaking personally, I find it amazing that people continue to hold to the incarnation of the Son of God by the power of the Spirit to the Virgin Mary, the death of the Son of God on the cross, His resurrection on the third day, and His pledge to come again in glory... and then reject the idea that all things have come from God and were deliberately created according to His intention and power as Genesis records. The creation miracle is at best a whimper compared to the big bump of the second article of the Creed. Clearly, rejecting God's creative work creates the platform for diminishing and ultimately rejecting His work of redemption. The two are not completely separate.