I say this as one who has no definite conclusions on the matter. The following are some fairly solid points, though:
- When Christians simply “latch” on to the latest scientific paradigm (per evolution), they look silly. These paradigms have short life spans. As Chesterton said, when men marry the spirit of the age, they soon become widows.
- Likewise, when Christians (who have no scientific training) spout evidence to support Intelligent Design, they look silly and convince no one.
- Simply coming to a 6,000 year old earth conclusion, and missing the fuller picture of creation, is to miss the whole story.
- Time is fluid. I don’t know enough about relativity theory to say more than that, but I am hesitant to die on hills of years.
- If you say man is monkey, you will have a hard time with Christ as the Second Adam.
- I can’t get past the suspicion that many of the theistic evolutionists are simply throwing unbeliving atheism a bone, but does anyone seriously think the atheists will respect Christians more for this? No, these are the people who hate Christ and some respected thinkers suggest Christians should be prosecuted in some sense on this matter.
- The holy fathers accurately passed down the faith, and the holy fathers all held to non evolutionary views. Further, it puts you in a bad light when you use modern atheistic scientists to debunk the holy fathers. The burden of proof is on you, and when you are opposing 1,900 years of Church teaching….well, that’s a big burden.
- If I really wanted to throw a monkey (no pun intended) wrench into the equation, I would bring up the works of Joseph Farrell. Good luck!