Lent 2013 – day 32

IMG_0621What to DO in Lent 2013?

Is this a season to go deeper and to reflect on updating one’s theology?

Today I had a very interesting conversation that dealt with Christianity and theology. It seemed to me that the person who I was talking with assumed that I might be hesitant about talking with other people about the theory of evolution.

Question: “As a person who goes to church, are you comfortable teaching about evolution?

Answer: In our (United Church of Canada) New Creed  we say:

“We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,”

Question:You mean it didn’t happen all at once?

Answer: No. In our faith tradition we believe that creation is an on-going process. God’s life-giving continues to be present in creation each day.”

According to theologian Bruce Sanguin,

“The evolutionary universe is a sacred text revealing god’s purposes; intentions, and very being.”*

Isaiah 43:19

I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Where did the idea come from that the evolutionary theories of our scientific knowledge might not be compatible with our religious faith?

Is this another false dualism?

Maybe its not just my theology that needs to be updated?

* Bruce Sanguin, Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos, page 131

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