***This is being published by me for Frank***
I recently took the time to read the draft of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) social statement on Genetics, Faith, and Responsibility. The statement has many points for all to ponder – as individuals, as a church, and as a society. However, the statement below brought a smile.
“The ELCA contends that morally responsible discernment about these matters requires knowledge and insights from both religious and secular sources. This statement draws on both to provide a framework for theological reflection, public moral deliberation, congregational life, pastoral practice, and mission-oriented action. It focuses attention on analysis, values, and convictions and not on specific issues. Such specific issues require detailed attention and may change quickly as genetic science and its applications open new frontiers and pose new questions.”
In short, the ELCA statement (and others in the document) says that for us to face the decision as a church, society, and individuals, each of us need knowledge of theology, genetics, and the application of in our lives.
With that as the setting, I shift to another topic involving science and theology, thus ask this question: Is knowledge about evolution, science, theology, and the interchange between science and theology required to be able to make an informed decision about evolution?