I get a daily email with short passage from C.S. Lewis’ writing. Today, from The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II, there was a letter he wrote about prayer and evolution in 1949. The interesting part was this section:
There is no relation of any importance between the Fall and Evolution. The doctrine of Evolution is that organisms have changed, sometimes for what we call (biologically) the better . . . quite often for what we call (biologically) the worse. . . The doctrine of the Fall is that at one particular point one species, Man, tumbled down a moral cliff. There is neither opposition nor support between the two doctrines. . . Evolution is not only not a doctrine of moral improvements, but of biological changes, some improvements, some deteriorations.
So, to the biologists I ask, is this a decent layman’s description of evolution? It seems pretty good to me.
My second, broader, question is, does this seem like it would be quite compatible with Peaceful Science’s “science is theologically neutral” bent?
@gbrooks9, he doesn’t talk about God-guided Evolution here but do you think how he describes evolution and the Fall would fall within the scope of Peaceful Science?