Finally a sensible and informed evangelical opinion on evolution – mostly characterized by a careful definition of terms and a steadfast refusal to accede limply to atheistic interpretations of evolutionary theory.
WLC’s main point is this: if you are careful to define terms such as “random” and keep evolutionary biologists to the actual verifiable scientific claims of evolutionary theory — and not allow unwarranted atheistic philosophical overshoot and naturalistic metaphysical extrapolation — then there is nothing in standard evolutionary theory that is inherently incompatible with Christian theism. Philosophical naturalism is at odds with Christian theism, not evolutionary theory properly stated.
First Alvin Plantinga, now WLC. Eminent Christian scientists, theologians and Christian philosophers around the world who consider theistic evolution to be a valid mechanism for God’s creative exploits can’t all be dismissed as liberal heretics.
WLC has it 100% correct when he pleads with fellow evangelicals to stop shadow-boxing with evolutionary strawmen as defined unilaterally by atheists. A full frontal assault on inaccurate notions of evolutionary theory is a waste of time and energy – and does little to commend the Christian faith to seekers with an understanding of the science. Be prepared to ‘die’ for truth by all means, but not on the wrong hill!
But watch the priests of YEC and devotees of ID tear at their robes and demand the stoning of WLC as a heretic!
Listen to Dr Craig discussing his views on evolutionary theory in Part 1 of his podcast here.