The atheist Richard Dawkins stated:
A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.
Christianity has stood not merely as a philosophical lifestyle, but as a stalwart of claimed truth. The creation of man, his fall in sin, the existence of Satan, the redemption of Christ, are all considered factual realities. In other words, Christianity has claimed it has the truth concerning human life here on earth. Its proof has always been the Holy Bible.
Science has also emerged with a claim to the truth concerning human life. It has nature as its proof and its well-thought and constructed theories and facts. Darwin’s theory of evolution has become the lynchpin fact of modern scientific inquiry. Its history of purely nature forces producing all life on earth holds sway in most corners of thought.
The key to evolution is that it does not require God. At no point is God needed to bring about the natural changes and developments that supposedly gave humanity its life on earth. If there is a God, His presence is not required and the world is quite capable of evolving without Him. So when a man accepts evolution and divests himself of religion for agnosticism or atheism he is being honest in the face of evolution.
There is always strength in honesty and clarity. The man who lives a decisive and honest life will tend to fare better than the man is too cowardly to make a decision or be honest.
Christians who attempt to reconcile acceptance of evolution with Christianity are walking in dishonesty and ambiguity. Having conceded to the argument that evolution is factual, they are now rebuilding their religion not around facts, but around philosophies, speculations, theologies, and narratives. No longer are creation, fall and redemption facts in Christianity. Rather, they are powerful ideas from mythical texts. It would be ludicrous to say that the creation, fall and redemption were events in a factual history while saying that evolution was factual history.
The piles of intellectual prose and crafted reinterpretations all serve to reveal that Christianity has suffered a tremendous blow to its claims to the truth. Attempts to reconcile the two are acts of surrender, of Christians admitting that as Galileo proved the church wrong on the issue of the earth going around the sun, so has Darwin proven the church wrong on the issue of man’s origins and status on earth. They delude themselves in believing they can accept evolution as real and accept Christianity as real.
Simply holding to the resurrection of Christ as the historical lynchpin for the Christian faith to find harmony with evolution sounds appealing. Evolution tells the history of man before and after the resurrection and the Bible tells the history of the resurrection. Unfortunately, this appears to be nothing more than a fortress mentality, holding out for one part of the Christian faith while being surrounded by an army of scientific evidence to the contrary. It’s nice, it’s heroic, and it’s merely bailing the waters of unbelief out of the boat of belief as it sinks into an ocean of post-Christianity atheism. This is not courageous faith, but delusional cowardice with the comfort of ignorance.
The only rational response for Christianity to evolution is dogged adherence to its beliefs. Beginning with scripture being inerrant and factual, Christianity rejects evolution outright and proclaims the biblical history as factual. From that stance, they rationally build their doctrines of faith. While they may engender accusations of deliberate ignorance, such criticism along with the social discrimination can be patiently endured. Harboring the belief that God will somehow and in some way vindicate the history of scripture as factual in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is a rational faith, even if it reckless.
Being a rational Christian does not mean wallowing in compromised ambiguity. It is rational to look at evolution and come to the conclusion that Christianity is fable. It is also rational to deny evolution for the sake of claiming Christianity factual. It is irrational to claim that both evolution and Christianity are factual and then deliberately dumb down and delude human thinking with a treadmill of endless ambiguity to make the two fit.
The atheists live intellectually honest lives.
The young-earth creationists live intellectually honest lives.
The middle-ground theists are intellectually dishonest and dead where they stand.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:15-16 KJV