Book review: Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?
The title of Denis Alexander’s book reflects a tension felt by many Christian students starting out in science. At church on Sunday night, Romans chapter 5 is open in front of you as the pastor explains how death entered the world through Adam. Just a few hours later in your Monday 9am, you’re listening to a lecturer walk through millions of years of animal and human death as they describe the evolutionary process that resulted in modern humans. It can feel like you’re constantly jumping through a portal between two totally different worlds. In one, the designing hand of the Creator God infuses nature with meaning and wonder; in the other, everything can be mechanistically explained by cold hard science. Is it sustainable to keep up this philosophical dimension-hopping, or will we eventually have to choose?