Christianity and Darwin

Can Christianity survive Darwin?

The fourth YouCaxton lecture is scheduled for Tuesday 8th January, 6.30 pm, at the YouCaxton Shop in Bishop’s Castle. The Reverend Adrian Bailey, a vicar and chaplain of Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital, will be discussing the impact of Darwin’s thought on modern Christian belief.

Adrian Bailey will be considering how Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species in 1859 challenged traditional belief in a perfect Earth created by God a few thousand years ago with Adam and Eve as its flawed human beneficiaries. If Christians accepted Darwin’s theories they were obliged to accept that God’s way of creating life and humanity was the harshest and most painful imaginable. This conflicted with their belief in a good and loving God.

Adrian Bailey will be examining Christian responses to this dilemma including how some Christians have been driven to prefer alternative ‘scientific’ explanations which question current theories in biology, cosmology and geology and attempt to put Adam and Eve back in the frame. He tackles these issues head on. Can Christianity survive Darwin? Yes, he says, but only if you radically re-think it …