Theistic Evolutionism (or Evolutionary Creationism)

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[After examining the many published, peer-reviewed scientific research studies cited on this page, readers may wish to examine similar scientific evidence presented on ASND’s  Human Ancestry  page as well.]

Twelve Ideas You Must Embrace to Affirm Theistic Evolution
1) Adam and Eve were not the first human beings, and perhaps Adam and Eve never even existed.
2) Adam and Eve were born from human parents.
3) God didn’t act directly or specially to create Adam out of dust from the ground.
4) God didn’t act directly to create Eve from a rib taken from Adam’s side.
5) Adam and Eve were never sinless human beings.
6) Adam and Eve did not commit the first human sins because human beings were doing morally evil things long before Adam and Eve existed.
7) Human death did not begin as a result of Adam’s sin because human beings existed long before Adam and Eve and they were always subject to death.
8) Not all human beings have descended from Adam and Eve for there were thousands of other human beings on the earth at the time that God chose two of them and called them Adam and Eve.
9) God did not directly act in the natural world to create different kinds of fish, birds, and land animals.
10) God did not rest from his work of creation or stop any special creative activity after plants, animals, and human beings appeared on the earth.
11) God never created an originally very good natural world — a safe environment, free of thorns, thistles, and other harmful things.
12) After Adam and Eve sinned, God did not place any curse on the world that changed the workings of the natural world, making it more hostile to mankind.

https://www.crossway.org/articles/12-ideas-you-must-embrace-to-affirm-theistic-evolution/

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Theistic Evolution?

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2014/12/theistic-evolution.php

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Embracing Evolution: But Which Model?

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2014/11/evolution-but-which-model.php

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A New Critique of Theistic Evolution

https://www.livingwaters.com/a-new-critique-of-theistic-evolution-interview-with-philosopher-j-p-moreland/

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The belief that both materialism and evolution are true is self-refuting.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/is-atheism-irrational/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Deity Added

Theistic Evolution Is Nearly as Problematic as Atheistic Darwinism

http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo22/deity-added-theistic-evolution-nearly-as-problematic-as-atheistic-darwinism.php

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Is There Enough Time For Humans to have Evolved from Apes?

Ann Gauger, Ph.D. (Developmental Biology) Answers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN7NwKYUXOs&feature=g-high-u

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On New Model for Human Ancestry, Mathematician Ola Hössjer Responds to Critics

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/11/on_new_model_fo103297.html

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Why Do Theistic Evolutionist Theologians All Seem to Have Exactly the Same Misconceptions About Intelligent Design?

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/02/why_do_theistic082421.html

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The hermeneutics behind theistic evolution are a Trojan horse that, once inside our gates, must cause the entire fortress of Christian belief to fall.”

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2010/04/theistic-evolution-a-hermeneutical-trojan-horse.php

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… [neo-Darwinism] can no longer serve as a general framework for evolutionary theory.  The main reason is empirical.  Genetical Darwinism cannot accommodate the role of development (and of genes in development) in many evolutionary processes.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/845x02v03g3t7002/

— David J. Depew and Bruce H. Weber (2012), “The Fate of Darwinism: Evolution After the Modern Synthesis,” Biological Theory, Volume 6, Number 1 (2011), 89-102.

[ASND reminds readers that yes,  Biological Theory  is a peer-reviewed research journal published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press.]

[ Also , “… the paper offers the concession that the modern synthesis has never provided an account ofhow major forms of life evolved.‘”]

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It makes no sense to talk about a purposeful process that is nevertheless purposeless, or to talk about God directing an undirected process.

http://blog.equip.org/journal-topics/thinking-clearly-about-god-and-evolution/

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Adam & Eve:

The claim that humans *had* to have originated from a population of thousands rather than a protogenic pair of two is simply, scientifically, false

https://evolutionnews.org/2018/03/is-there-a-first-human-couple-in-our-past-new-evidence-and-arguments/

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Were Adam & Eve Scientifically Possible Or Not?
“None of the [genomic linkage numeration] methods that Venema cites are able to address the problem of the existence of a first pair.”

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/11/is-a-first-human-pair-possible-or-impossible/

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Ruling Out Originating Human Pair, Theistic Evolutionist Venema Oversteps                      — Geneticist Responds
Absolutely ruling out a first couple is ‘asking for more than science can deliver.’

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/11/in-ruling-out-an-originating-human-pair-theistic-evolutionist-oversteps-another-geneticist-chimes-in/

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Former BioLogos Fellow Backs Down
Dennis Venema Finally Concedes That Genomic Science Does NOT Preclude A Literal Adam and Eve

https://evolutionnews.org/2018/05/discussion-is-over-on-adam-and-the-genome-former-biologos-fellow-backs-down/

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Evolutionary Biologist Pushes Back on Claim that Humans Did Not Descend from a        Single Human Pair

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/10/06/evolutionary-biologist-pushes-back-claim-humans-didnt-descend-single-human-pair/

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Did They Really Exist?
A Biblical and Scientific Defence of Adam and Eve

http://apologeticsuk.blogspot.com/2012/02/did-they-really-exist-biblical-and.html

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Were They Real?  The Scientific Case for Adam and Eve

http://www.reasons.org/articles/were-they-real-the-scientific-case-for-adam-and-eve

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Adam and Eve: A Primordial Pair or a Population?

http://www.reasons.org/blogs/the-cells-design/adam-and-eve-a-primordial-pair-or-a-population

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Adam & Eve

http://www.evidenceunseen.com/articles/science-and-scripture/evolution-and-creation/adam-and-eve/

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When Did God Create Adam and Eve?

http://www.reasons.org/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/when-did-god-create-adam-and-eve

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Theologian Peter Enns argues that science and Scripture shouldn’t be harmonized with one another
http://www.evidenceunseen.com/articles/science-and-scripture/evolution-and-creation/adam-and-eve/

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This isn’t a trivial debate.

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/08/unguided_or_not063191.html

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The Search For The Historical Adam

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/c450913.r13.cf2.rackcdn.com/snf20110531hrfr.mp3

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Bioinformatics and a Literal Adam and Eve

http://www.reasons.org/articles/bioinformatics-and-a-literal-adam-and-eve

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What Depends Upon An Historical Adam?

http://calvinistinternational.com/2013/05/10/what-depends-upon-an-historical-adam/

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Adam versus Claims from Genetics

http://www.frame-poythress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2013Adam.pdf

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The Loss of Historical Adam and the Death of Exegesis

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/05/10/the-loss-of-historical-adam-and-the-death-of-exegesis/

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Theological Consequences of Rejecting the Literal Existence of Adam

http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/201401/201401_032_Adam%20Eve.cfm

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New Videos: Did a Historical Adam Really Exist?

http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2014/01/historical-adam-new-videos/

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How the Bodily Resurrection of Christ Indicates a Historical Adam

http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2014/02/26/how-the-bodily-resurrection-of-christ-indicates-a-historical-adam/

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Is Theistic Evolution possible?

http://www.equip.org/perspectives/theistic-evolution

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IS DARWINISM ATHEISTIC?

http://www.equip.org/PDF/JAD060.pdf

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BioLogos & Francis Collins:

Francis Collins and BioLogos seek a different story of our origins than the one                     told in Genesis

https://world.wng.org/content/evolution_vs_the_bible

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Thoughts on: Is Genesis History?

http://www.reasons.org/blogs/impact-events/thoughts-on-is-genesis-history

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‘Is Genesis History?’: Revisiting an Age-Old Debate

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/is-genesis-history-revisiting-an-age-old-debate

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The New Theistic Evolutionists: BioLogos and the Rush to Embrace the “Consensus”

http://www.equip.org/article/new-theistic-evolutionists-biologos-rush-embrace-consensus/

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No God-of-the-Gaps Allowed: Francis Collins and Theistic Evolution

http://journal.equip.org/articles/no-god-of-the-gaps-allowed-francis-collins-and-theistic-evolution

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Review of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

http://www.discovery.org/a/4529

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Why Is BioLogos, a Christian Organization, Promoting Darwin-Only Science Education?

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/09/why_is_biologos064581.html

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At BioLogos, Theistic Evolutionists Fall Out Among Themselves

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/10/trouble-in-paradise-at-biologos-theistic-evolutionists-fall-out-among-themselves/

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Radio Debate on Theistic Evolution, Stephen Meyer Meets Deborah Haarsma                   of BioLogos

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/12/in-a-radio-debate-on-theistic-evolution-stephen-meyer-chats-with-deborah-haarsma-of-biologos/

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CREATION: FULL OF BAD DESIGN AND POINTLESS WASTE?

http://www.equip.org/PDF/JAR1323.pdf

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Designed by Chance? Why the Pope is Wrong about Theistic Evolution

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5604

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Chromosomal Fusion:

Chromosome 2: The Best Evidence for Human Evolution?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/57705584/Is-Chromosome-2-the-Best-Evidence-for-Human-Evolution

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Evidence for Fusion in a Human Chromosome Tells you LITTLE TO NOTHING about whether Humans Share a Common Ancestor with Living Apes

http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1392

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Why The Chromosomal Fusion Argument Doesn’t Wash

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/why-the-chromosomal-fusion-argument-doesnt-wash/

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What the Literature Says about Chromosomal Fusion and Why It Says It

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/07/what_the_litera_1062521.html

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Horizontal Gene Transfer Masquerades as Common Ancestry

http://www.reasons.org/horizontal-gene-transfer-masquerades-common-ancestry

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Assumptions, Circular Reasoning, and a Literal Adam and Eve

http://www.reasons.org/articles/assumptions-circular-reasoning-and-a-literal-adam-and-eve

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A Burgoo of Human Origin Discoveries

http://www.reasons.org/articles/a-burgoo-of-human-origin-discoveries

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Orangutan Genetic Diversity Sheds Light on Humanity’s Origin

http://www.reasons.org/orangutan-genetic-diversity-sheds-light-humanitys-origin

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The Functional Significance of Gene Location: Countering the Case for Biological Evolution

http://www.reasons.org/functional-significance-gene-location-countering-case-biological-evolution

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Inability to Repeat the Past Dooms Evolution

http://www.reasons.org/tnrtb/2008/08/07/inability-to-repeat-the-past-dooms-evolution/

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Will the Real Human Ancestor Please Stand Up?

http://www.reasons.org/articles/will-the-real-human-ancestor-please-stand-up

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Paleoanthropologists Fail to Find Common Ancestor to Modern Humans and Neanderthals

http://www.reasons.org/articles/paleoanthropologists-fail-to-find-common-ancestor-to-modern-humans-and-neanderthals

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If human beings evolved from ape-like creatures, what were the transitional species between ape-like hominins and the truly human-like members of the genus Homo found in the fossil record?

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/08/a_big_bang_theo063141.html

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Examining Critiques of
Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique,
a Year After the Volume’s Publication

For years, [theistic evolutionists] have proven incapable of meaningfully challenging the substance of the core design arguments [leveled against theistic evolutionism]. So in responding to written works by ID proponents, they have often misrepresented the authors’ meaning, distorted the underlying science, and misdirected the public’s attention away from the actual evidence…  The failure to make this distinction is the basis for standard arguments that generating new information is not a hurdle for evolutionary processes.  For instance, counterexamples cited by Dennis Venema involve the formation of very small quantities of information, such as that associated with the immune system or the creation of a new binding site in an existing protein.  Venema’s other arguments involve circular reasoning or misinterpretations of cited literature, particularly relating to the rarity of protein folds.  All such critiques collapse when the actual ID arguments and relevant research are properly understood.

https://evolutionnews.org/2018/10/examining-critiques-of-theistic-evolution-a-year-after-the-volumes-publication/

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Book Reviews of…

Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science
By Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight

A Critical Reflection on Adam and the Genome

https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/05/10/a-critical-reflection-on-adam-and-the-genome-part-1
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https://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/the-cells-design/read/the-cells-design/2017/05/17/a-critical-reflection-on-adam-and-the-genome-part-2

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Adam and the Genome fails to make a convincing case against Adam and Eve.
But perhaps of greater interest, it fails even more so to make a case against          intelligent design.

https://evolutionnews.org/2018/03/adam-and-the-genome-review-and-conclusion/

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Rumors of Adam’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-review-adams-genome

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Some Thoughts from Ken Keathley

http://biologos.org/blogs/jim-stump-faith-and-science-seeking-understanding/adam-and-the-genome-some-thoughts-from-ken-keathley

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Readers will need to look elsewhere… for a more careful account of how biblical authority functions across the ancient/modern worldview divide, a fuller engagement with the ANE literature and a more balanced one with the Jewish literature, and a more responsible delineation of biblical claims regarding Adam and Eve.”

https://gavinortlund.com/2017/03/16/a-review-of-adam-and-the-genome/

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DNA Comparisons between Humans and Chimps: A Response to Dennis Venema’s Critique of the RTB Human Origins Model

Part 1  and…  Part 2  and…  Part 3  and…  Part 4  and…  Part 5  and…  Part 6  and…  Part 7

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Nylonase did not have a frameshifted new protein fold.  It was a pre-existing fold with activity characteristic of its fold type.  No novel protein fold had emerged.  And no frameshift mutation was required to produce nylonase…  The data described in the Negoro et al. and Kato et al. papers build a brick wall right across the path of Venema’s [theistic evolution] argument.  And sadly, that roadblock pre-existed Venema’s posts.    If he had looked carefully he would have seen it.

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/07/nylonase-move-on-nothing-to-see-here-says-theistic-evolutionist/

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Evolution as Mythology

Part 1  and…  Part 2  and…  Part 3  and…  Part 4  and…  Part 5

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… the lateral frontal pole [is] unique to humans…

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/369847/print

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