I have begun to feel that one of the main reasons that many Evangelicals reject evolution is the potential impact on Theology.
Now this has been discussed ad nauseum but I think there is a potentially simpler explanation that cements the opposition:
Evolution threatens social and religious power structures
What I mean by this is that even with evolution being true, it does not necessarily follow that Scripture is errant or that people do not need a Savior or that God is not at least in some way a Creator of sorts. There are many different ways to read into this.
The main opposition results from how this would change power dynamics:
- gender roles
1 Tim 2:12-15 basically gets deconstructed; complementarianism falters
- political-cultural-science interfaces
Global warming, environmentalism, psychology and other sciences can be distrusted or dismissed thus allow for cultural, religious, and political practices to continue
How can these churches then continue to be hotbeds of mainstream conservative ideology if supporting verses get challenged?
It comes down to power and culture.