This past week BioLogos announced the chosen projects from amongst the applicants for its ‘Evolution and Christian Faith’ grant program. This involves 3 million dollars of Templeton Foundation funds to be distributed to groups or individuals working to “address theological and philosophical concerns which certain branches of Christianity have about evolutionary creation.”
According to BioLogos the applicants had to to fulfill certain criteria:
“All projects will explore consonance between evolution and Christian faith. Proposals were not considered if they rejected (or at least did not helpfully inform) historic, creedal Christianity (e.g. historical Resurrection, high view of Scripture, etc.) or if they rejected the conclusions of mainstream science (e.g. old earth, common descent, etc.). Please note that this does not mean all grantees are necessarily ardent supporters of evolutionary creation.”
In other words, applicants need to be believing Christians who accept an old-earth timescale and some—although not necessarily all—elements of evolutionary theory.
The grants, ranging from $23,000 to $300,000, were awarded to 37 individuals or groups.
The projects funded fit into two main categories. First, the vexatious question of how to reconcile scientific data on human origins with the biblical account of Adam and Eve. No fewer than eight of the projects directly tackle this issue.
Most of these seem to be desperate attempts to contrive a plausible interpretation of Genesis that somehow encompasses the current scientific consensus on human evolution. Only one: “Adam, Paul and Evolution: what Evangelicals need to know”, run by a team from Trinity Western University, appears to include a strong scientific input from Dennis Venema, a geneticist who is frequent contributor to BioLogos on subjects dealing with human evolution. The rest are content to play the evangelical horses and men, bravely trying to put the Humpty Dumpty of Adam and Eve together again after it was cruelly pushed from the wall (by science.)
Written By: Martin Corcorancontinue to source article at whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com