Joe, Vince and team: Hoping you can help me with a question that I continue to try and work through, and just feel like there is so much out there that is not helpful.
For reference, I have a B.S. and M.S. in biology, the latter with a focus on evolutionary sociobiology. I also have a JD (that whole path is too long a story for here). I came to faith after all that. However, this presents an opportunity and a conundrum.
With my experience in evolutionary biology, I am very familiar with the science. As a result, whenever I hear a pastor speak on it (usually with a heavy dose of derision in his voice), the pastor usually gets the science VERY wrong. I.e., “how could a worm ever turn into a monkey?” Or, “evolution is a battle of claw and tooth,” or other statements that expose a fundamental ignorance of the science. I am also familiar with the data that has shown evolution in action.*
The issues I’ve begun to really run into personally are:
How do I talk to my pastor about the science so he can present his sermons in a way that provide the message he desires, but in a way that accurately reflects the science?
The christian community as a whole comes across as staunchly anti-evolution. To a fault at times.
However, I’m a textualist, and nowhere in the bible have I found a passage that says evolution by natural selection is not possible. How can we synthesize the data we have collected with a textually-accurate biblical world view?
*The best example for most people is the work of Peter and Rosemary Grant. https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/11/27/study-darwins-finches-reveals-new-species-can-develop-little-two-generations