"Does the theory of biological evolution damage or destroy Christianity?"

Westside Science & Religion Discussion Group

Christian : Pastor Nathan Lewis 
Secular Humanist: Sylvia Benner 
Moderator : Bernie Dehler

"Does the theory of biological evolution damage or destroy Christianity?"

6:30-7:00: Dinner and small talk ( free pizza and soda) 
7:00-7:10: Atheist/agnostic presentation (Sylvia Benner, a Secular Humanist with CFI-Portland) 
7:10-7:20: Christian presentation (Pastor Nathan, Evergreen Presbyterian Church) 
7:20-7:30: Bernie asks a 5 min. question to each, based on their presentation. 
7:30-8:30: Audience Q & A
Oregonlive.com online article: http://tinyurl.com/3jp98g3 

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  • Justin

    Great job with the pictures Andy!

    September 20, 2011

  • Andy N.

    Pictures from event are now up.

    September 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Though my essential intellectual sympathies lie more toward the CFI position, I thought Pastor Nathan made some strong points from a humanistic perspective. While I don't think evolutionary "theory" leads to hopelessness and despair, I do think it entails a certain mechanistic determinism that can obviate the concept of free will, hence human responsibility.

    September 20, 2011

  • Justin

    Great discussion on both sides. Sylvia did a tremendous job, per usual.

    September 20, 2011

  • Bernie D.

    One of the biggest crowds ever. Around 90 people showed up.

    September 19, 2011

  • Ryan S.

    I don't think there can be any decisive answer here. Evolution has its splinters but is converging rapidly as scientific theories tend to do. Christianity has a vast swathe of different and often irreconcilable variations with no apparent sign of unifying any time soon. At least not on issues like this. I've spoken to christians that tell me its a threat to their faith personally. To which I'll take their word.

    September 18, 2011

  • Dave D.

    Might've been even more fun if reworded "Does the fact of Creation (from the Bible) damage or destroy evolutionary theory?" (For answer, see "Mu".) The issues either way are in accepting the validity of the question & the standing of the respondent to answer. So to "win", it seems that the atheist (Sylvia), in addition to info, just needs to convince Xtians to (a) accept science fact over Bible fact, and (b) accept her definition of what Christianity is or isn't over theirs. That's all! :-)

    September 18, 2011

  • Gavin

    I say the the theory of biological evolution obliterates Christianity, if people mean Christianity as described in the Bible without any exceptions.

    September 13, 2011

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