It is muddying the waters to confuse creation-faith with creationism. All Christians believe in God’s creation of the world – but if they are thoughtful and honest they will admit that this is a hugely problematic matter, which more or less defies rational explanation. Creationists are Christians who cannot admit this, who need a pseudo-scientific account of God’s creation, which is of course incompatible with evolution.
Excellent point. We haven’t seen it expressed like that before. Continuing:
Post-Darwinian Christianity is faced with a choice: to accept this difficulty, or to run from it.
This is really good. The article goes on about:
… one of the best memoirs ever written: Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son. Gosse Senior was a zoologist who refused to accept the new science. This refusal put his son off religion.
You’ll have to read the entire piece. We can only excerpt a few highlights:
… Gosse Senior was one of the few leading biologists who could not accept the possibility of its [evolution’s] truth. He could not dispute the science – except by appealing to the literal truth of Genesis.
Yes, that is the dilemma. One more excerpt:
His [Gosse Senior’s] decision [to become a creationist] is a refusal to face the difficulty of faith. This, to his son, is his crime: not being scientifically wrong but being emotionally dishonest, spiritually cowardly. It is an important distinction.
Read the article. It’s worth your time.