Can Evangelical Theology Evolve with Science?

My newest piece is up at The Huffington Post. In this one, I’m asking evangelicals to consider the real issues that science poses for their theology, rather than conveniently dismissing it, as it often appears to me. I also ask evangelicals to consider what future they have without engaging science openly, rather than just defensively. I also try to recognize some serious issues that arise for those evangelicals who appear to be concerned with the theological challenges of science, particularly in terms of what it might mean for defining evangelicalism or whether one is orthodox.

I know that what I say in this article will rub some people the wrong way, but then again, is there a way to talk about this issue where it won’t do that? In any case, I hope the questions are strong enough to generate conversation. Navigating the intersection of religion and science, if there is one to navigate, is a tricky one. The questions are serious, as I hope this piece demonstrates.

Last August, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry remarked that evolution is a theory with “gaps” in it, immediately generating up millions of Google search results.His perspective is not his alone; polls continue to show that while evangelicals are not entirely closed-off to the idea, evolution is far from being overwhelmingly accepted by them.

When it comes to the creative engagement of science — whether it is on human origins or climate change — the evangelical majority cannot shake its reputation that it is courting irrelevance by adopting fringe science and insular thinking.

Can evangelical theology evolve in its relation to scientific inquiry or is it destined for extinction?

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