Jim Hamilton

Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Creation, Galileo, Evolution and the Bible

Gerald Bray writes in God Is Love (67–68):

Today it is fashionable to point to the case of Galileo (1564–1642), who was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for his scientific beliefs. Few people pause to consider the fact that Galileo was condemned not because he opposed the teaching of the Bible but because he had revealed the inadequacy of the ancient Greek science which the church mistakenly regarded as equally infallible. The real lesson from that and other similar episodes is not that the Bible is wrong but that Christians must not commit themselves to any scientific theory as if it were absolute truth or build a theological system on what might one day turn out to be shifting sand.

I think Bray has a point here that should be considered by Pete Enns, Daniel Kirk, and others who talk as though evolution is the fact in light of which the Bible must be read.

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About Jim Hamilton

James Hamilton serves as associate professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches (Crossway, 2012) God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology (Crossway, 2010) and God's Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments (B&H, 2006). He blogs regularly at For His Renown. You can follow Dr. Hamilton on Twitter @DrJimHamilton.

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