How Evolution Works and the Implications for Faith in God

Date recorded: 28 May 2013 | Speaker: Ard Louis | Event: ELF Science Network
Topic: ScienceEvolution


The word evolution can take on many meanings: 1) Evolution as natural history: the world is old, and that the living organisms that populate it have changed over time, 2) Evolution as a mechanism: e.g. the processes of variation and natural selection by which organisms can change over time, and 3) Evolution as a worldview: a way of seeing the world and extracting meaning from it. The speaker argues that much of the discomfort Christians feel towards evolution fundamentally arises from the use and abuse of evolution as a worldview. As a scientist who works on evolutionary theory, the speaker discusses how we might think about the mechanisms of evolution, and what implications, if any, this has for belief in God.