Can an Orthodox Christian Not be a Creationist?

Evolutionism as a Creed, or Belief in Evolution

First of all, we will try to determine what type of worldview corresponds to the well-known theory of evolution.

By evolutionism we mean not generally the presence of any development and change in the world, but that teaching, which is commonly called evolution in scientific and theological circles, as opposed to creationism, that is, the doctrine of the creation of the Universe in strict accordance with the biblical description of the days of creation.

According to the concept of evolutionism, the world has existed for millions and billions of years and is gradually undergoing development from simple organisms to more complex and better ones. The vector of evolution permeates our being from the elementary particles through all intermediate forms of inanimate and living nature to Homo sapiens (and maybe higher?). Astronomers (in stars and galaxies), geologists (in the dynamics of the birth of mountains), paleontologists and biologists (in the appearance and development of new species), anthropologists and archaeologists (in the so-called progress from monkeys to humans) try to find “evolution” in their objects of research.

In its modifications, the theory of evolution allows for abrupt transitions of quantitative changes into qualitative ones. At the same time, objective nature is attributed to all possible changes. The development of the universe and its parts is likened to the programmed development of a plant bud from a flower to a fruit. With such a vision of the world some forms of life serve only as a stage for the appearance of other, more perfect ones.

 It is important to be aware of what Hieromonk Seraphim Rose wrote about:

"Those scientists who say that evolution is a 'fact' actually interpret scientific data in accordance with some kind of philosophical theory. Pure science on its own can neither prove nor disprove the 'facts' of evolution."

A researcher who wants to accept the “theory of evolution” as a working hypothesis must be aware that, by accepting it, he commits an act of faith, rather than a logical scientific conclusion. Moreover, the faith here, as we intend to show, is completely pagan, and by no means Christian (at least certainly not Orthodox).

Evolutionists try to interpret the texts of the Holy Scriptures in such a way that its meaning would not contradict the data of science. Having set such a goal, evolutionists can always say with satisfaction that "the data of modern science does not contradict the Bible." Such a conclusion is not surprising if we keep in mind that it is a foregone conclusion, since all the “difficult” scriptures are rethought and distorted as freely as seems acceptable to the “conciliators”. The most famous example of such a "reconciliation" of science and faith is an attempt to interpret the word "day" in the biblical six days in some arbitrary way convenient for the researcher, for example, as an era of millions or billions of years. Such an evolutionist approach paints the science of today as an objective and unshakable measure of the truth of Divine Revelation. In the West, the Vatican officially accepted this view. Here is the curious testimony of Bishop Vasily (Rodzianko):

“In 1951, the Catholic Church accepted the idea of a 'Big Bang' as 'consonant with the Bible'. According to Hawking, Pope John Paul II told cosmologists in attendance at the 1981 Vatican Conference that they could study the evolution of the world after the 'big bang', but they should not go into the 'big bang' itself, because it is a 'moment of creation', and therefore the work of God ... Either way, the official reaction of the Catholic Church to the theory of the 'big bang' that is well-known in science is apparently not far from what Hawking said, and therefore we we can unite them together, responding to the general opinion that the 'big bang', if we talk about God's participation in it, is the creation of the world according to the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church."

There is only one answer to this. Thank God, papal authority does not bind the conscience of believing Orthodox Christians in any way, and we are not obliged to follow the Vatican to accept the heresy of evolutionism.

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