(I’m wearing a “Wanted: Jesus Christ” t-shirt.)
My old buddy Jim Kidder (who writes the blog Science and Religion: A View from an Evolution Creationist / Theistic Evolutionist) has written a guest post on another blog. That blog is called “An Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution,” and his post goes by the long title Growing up Science-Literate in the Japanese Church and encountering YEC in the American Church: A Paleontologist’s Personal Perspective. YEC stands for Young Earth Creationism, which asserts that the earth is a few thousand years old.
When I’d go over to play at Jim’s house, I often walked past the archeological dig where his father worked. Jim shares the story of his scientific and spiritual growth in Japan. (I notice he omits the girls we chased after. Modern biology, you know.) As he grew in both arenas, he never saw a struggle between them.
Then Jim moved to the United States… All young earth broke loose, and evolution was evil (or so he was told by many American Christians).
He finishes with the question, “I would love to hear some perspectives of those who grew up as Christians in other nations and how their churches addressed these origins questions. Was my experience in Japan unique?“ If you fit the bill, go to his post and share your experience of how science and faith interact for Christians outside the U.S.