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FAQ: INTRODUCTION: PERSONAL
My name is Stephen E. (Steve) Jones. I am in my mid-50's, an Australian and have been a Christian since 1967. Originally I was an atheist from a non-Christian home but I came to believe in God through the evidence of design in nature. I did not become a Christian until about 1-2 years after that.
As a Christian I started off as a Progressive Creationist, became a Theistic Evolutionist and now I call my position Progressive (Mediate) Creation. See also FAQ on various Creation-Evolution positions.
That is, I believe (on the basis of Genesis 1) that God created the raw materials of the universe immediately (i.e. without using secondary causes) from out-of-nothing, and thereafter He created mediately by working (both naturally and supernaturally) through existing materials and natural processes.
Progressive Mediate Creation (PMC) is a form of Old-Earth Creation (OEC), and therefore I accept that the universe is about 15 billion years old and the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old. PMC in closest to the position known as Progressive Creation (PC), but differs from those versions of PC which posit ongoing ex nihilo creation of whole new organisms. PMC differs from Theistic Evolution (TE) in that PMC accepts the possibility of God having intervened supernaturally many times in natural history.
My basic approach on Bible-science issues is that I assume that the Bible and nature are two books with the one Author and therefore, if all the facts weree known and misinterpretations cleared away, these two aspects of God's revelation, Special and General, would be seen to be in mutually supporting agreement. I regard Genesis 1-11 as symbolic history (i.e. real history expressed in symbolic form).
I have been debating creation/evolution first on Fidonet, and then on the Internet, since 1994. I am a layman but am in my final year of a full-time Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree.
I would have no major problems if evolution was 100% true (in fact while a committed Christian I believed that evolution was true for about 10 years). That is because the God of the Bible is fully in control of all events, even those that seem random to man (Prov. 16:33; 1 Kings 22:34). But I believe the evidence is pointing strongly to the intervention/guidance of an intelligent designer in the history of life. I assume this designer to be the Christian God. However, the identity of the designer is outside the scope of ID, which aims to empirically detect design, not identify the designer.
I accept the Common Ancestry Hypothesis. The scientific evidence for it is strong and, if anything, the Biblical evidence is also in its favour. However, common ancestry is not uniquely supportive of Naturalistic Evolution but is also supportive of Mediate Creation.
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