Today we have Denis Lamoureux’s 7th and next-to-last slideshow summarizing his popular book I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution. Lamoureux continues his presentation on chapter 6 of his book, which deals with the specifics of human evolution. (For those new to this series, all previous posts are linked in last week’s installment.)
The topic today includes how to talk about humans as sinful and made in the image of God in light of evolution. Lamoureux uses a helpful analogy between embryology and evolution to illustrate his point. He also insists (and I agree) that “Adam” (whether understood as an individual or a population) cannot be “tacked on” to evolution any more than a 3-tiered universe can be tacked on to the Big Bang and cosmic evolution. The puzzle of evolution and Christianity has to be solved some other way.
Lamoureux is associate professor of science and religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. He holds three earned doctoral degrees—dentistry, theology, and biology–which uniquely qualifies him to speak to the issue of human origins and Christian faith. He gets the science, he gets the hermeneutics, and he articulates both clearly for non-specialists (full bio here).I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution is a great introduction to his view of origins called “evolutionary creation.” For those of you who are beyond the beginner’s stage, you can read his much thicker book Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution.