Continuing the discussion from A Tale of Two Pandas and One Creationist:
Some may have noticed the recent change in my Discourse ‘title’ from ‘Creationist’ to ‘Providentialist’, granted to me upon request from Josh @swamidass. And per his request, here is a little explanation.
Also once a YEC, as was @David_MacMillan, but never really buying into the explanations of the appearance of light before the sun, thinking them rather lame and adding to scripture, and also having enough astronomy to understand the antiquity of the universe and enough nuclear physics to know that radionuclide half-lives don’t change willy-nilly, I became instantaneously an OEC one afternoon sometime in 1982. In God’s providence, due to an unusual circumstance in which I was home early from work that day at an odd time, I happened to catch an episode of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. He was interviewing Hugh Ross in pre-RTB days. When Hugh related his understanding of the sequence in Genesis 1, the cosmological sequence and the transition of the earth’s atmosphere from opaque to translucent to transparent, I found it immediately compelling (I still do – and it does not contradict an ANE-literary framework reading, either, but that is another topic!).
Fast forward to 2018 and some Facebook discussion groups, I learned of PeacefulScience.org and a while later joined and started ‘lurking’. (Also meeting @Dan_Eastwood on Facebook, I informed him of PS, and he joined and advanced rapidly to become a moderator …but he hasn’t been around lately – I hope he’s okay!) More recently learning here that evolutionary theory has advanced from Darwinism to Neutral Theory and that complexity can arise naturally, I began to see evolution differently.
From my request:
I am definitely more accepting of God’s acting in providence in evolution than in some kind of supernatural poofing in ‘creationism’, not that he hasn’t (the wine in Cana or the feedings of the four and five thousands, not to mention many other miracles that Jesus performed) or doesn’t still sometimes in inexplicable healings.