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Christians, Human Evolution, And The Christian Worldview

I had a great day volunteering at the Arizona Museum of Natural History yesterday where I teach Human Evolution. Public School field trips have ended for the season here because of Summer break, but we still get charter schools and Summer Camps so there are plenty of adults and children every day between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Not long before I was packing up the skulls and artifacts for the day I had an interesting pair of visitors with a lot of good questions. One was dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt and the other was a Catholic Priest. I gave my usual basic presentation for adults, which lasts about 6-7 minutes, and they had many questions about more recent finds such as Homo naledi and Homo floresiensis (The Hobbit). The Catholic Priest was especially interested in the Bodo Skull, which represents Homo heidelbergensis, our common ancestor with Neandertals. He had many questions about the transition from "Heidelberg Man" to modern Homo sapiens, and questions about our genetic relationship with Neandertals. We spent about 15 minutes discussing some of the recent data and he seemed surprised and amused when I told him I am 1.5% Neandertal, and that anyone with ancestry from outside Africa will have up to 4% Neandertal genes. 

Catholics and mainline Protestants are among the largest group of Christians who accept Human Evolution, and Evangelical Protestants are the least accepting. Of course, young earth creationists tend to fall into the latter category. Evangelicals are also the most likely to claim that other Christian denominations "aren't really Christian" at all. In the end, we had a great discussion and the Priest thanked me for answering his questions. Religion was not brought up be either one of us, and there was no discussion on Creationism. 


If there's one thing for certain, it is there is no such thing as a "Christian Worldview," if one defines a worldview as:

a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint (Merriam-Webster)

In order for Christians to have a unified "worldview," they certainly would have to be in agreement on basic things like how old our world is and how it formed, as well as how humans got here. It's more like there is a Catholic worldview, Evangelical worldview, mainline Protestant worldview, etc.  

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