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As a graduate student I took a course on FORTRAN, a widely used computer programming language. The author, with an obvious sense for the humorous, began his text with this epigram: “On no! Just what the world needs, another book on FORTRAN.” I begin my essay with a similar bemused foreboding, posing the question: “Do we really need yet one more essay on the evolution/creation controversy?” Who knows? But I do think that my own students and perhaps others will benefit from a discussion focused directly on the most difficult Biblical issues and that comes from a person within the evangelical community. The essay is organized as follows:

A. Personal Statement
B. Resistance to Evolution
C. Understanding the Bible
D. Hard Questions about Genesis
E. The Science of Origins
F. Evolution as God’s Mechanism of Creation


SLCSP Paper #176