I write on a blog called de-conversion from time to time, and I just read this post that I thought would be of interest. It’s “From Theistic Evolution to Apostasy” by the chaplain:
For much of my evangelical Christian life, I held a Theistic Evolutionary view of creation. I’ll confess that I didn’t always adhere firmly to this view. Sometimes I wavered and veered into a fairly conservative Creationist point of view. Nevertheless, I could never entirely shake free of the realization that evolution had lots of empirical support. Moreover, I realized this long before I ever read my first book about evolution.
I’m still gathering input on how people define intelligent design, theistic evolution, and other related terms and eventually I will post a summary of what I’ve learned. For now I’ll just say that it doesn’t seem like most Christians or ex-Christians use the same working definitions that readers of this blog posted in response to my query on this topic a while back.
What I found interesting is the conclusion of the post:
If humans are not responsible for suffering and evil, and death is simply a natural process rather than a punishment, then what need is there for atonement and redemption?
Once I reached the right conclusion to that question, that there is no such need, I only needed a short, quick mental step to advance from discarding theistic evolution to discarding theism in its entirety.
It’s worth reading the post in its entirety for a look into the thought processes that can lead someone who believes in theistic evolution to question their faith and, perhaps, even abandon it when they look more closely at the evidence. It’s an interesting topic that is often debated. That is, does “believing in evolution” necessarily lead to atheism? Some people say that atheism is the only logical conclusion to come to after looking at the evidence for evolution, while many others say that you can believe both in evolution and in a creator-God. I guess there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Sometimes the questions are more interesting than the answers anyway.