Can Christians embrace historic Christianity AND evolution? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this important issue with a scientist at Biologos – a main proponent of the view that Christianity and evolution are compatible. Challenging this view will be Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute, who argues that evolution contradicts basic tenets of the Christian faith.
Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. He directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, and is one of the world’s leading proponents of intelligent design. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.
Deborah Haarsma serves as the President of BioLogos. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Deborah often speaks to churches, colleges, and schools about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She has co-authored several books on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design. She also contributed to the Faraday Institute's Test of Faith film and curriculum, and to Keith Miller's Perspectives on an Evolving Creation. Haarsma is an experienced research scientist, with several publications in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. She has studied very large galaxies, very young galaxies, and gravitational lenses.
Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, we examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”