A review of evangelical apologist Randal Rauser’s Conversations With My Inner Atheist, Part 2:
“Mia” (Randal Rauser’s nickname for his doubts): Paleontologists have discovered fossilized dung from Tyrannosaurus-Rex which includes Tricerotops frill; in other words, chewed up bits of Triceratops. So we know that T-Rex was a ravenous killer millions of years before humans appeared on the scene. But in Genesis 3:14-20 we read that the fall of creation, including all this death and predation and suffering, is somehow the result of the sins of Adam and Eve.
Explain to me how Adam and Eve can possibly be responsible for T-Rex. …How did two human beings eating a piece of forbidden fruit in a garden turn T-Rex into a fearsome Jurassic Park exhibition?
Rauser: I suspect that we should stop trying to draw any concrete casual link between human actions and physical death in creation.
Mia: Are you saying that maybe there wasn’t a Fall? …So you accept evolution?
Rauser: Creation is not what it should be. Whether that fact is tied to a historical primordial fall or simply the fact that creation has not yet achieved the ends for which God has purposed it since the beginning, the fact remains that it needs God’s healing, redemptive hand before it achieves its final purpose.
…I don’t tie my theology to Neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory but I have reconciled by theology to it. …I think that Genesis 3 may best be interpreted as myth, [in the sense that] a particular story conveys a universal truth in narrative form. …[T]he fact that a story is a myth does not mean it fails to convey objective facts. Even if the narrative of Genesis 3 is a myth in the sense I described, it nonetheless conveys the objective fact of universal alienation from God and with it the fact that all creation needs a real redeemer. And that’s who Jesus is.
Gary: Let me get this straight, Dr. Rauser: Your god, Jesus, created the universe using Neo-Darwinian principles, allowing countless millions of living creatures to struggle every day to find food and shelter, suffer pain, starvation, thirst, disease, and in many cases…being eaten alive…all so Jesus could come along a couple of hundred million years later and “redeem” them?
Do you realize how absurd that sounds??
Read part 3 here.
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