Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Dr. Tully Borland

Second Advisor

Dr. Joe Jeffers

Third Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Pittman

Abstract

Evolution can be very controversial, but I don't think that this needs to be the case. Having grown up in the south, in a Southern Baptist Church, I saw that evolution was always viewed as anti-theistic and treated like a trick from the devil. Many of the people that I went to church with believed that the world was only six thousand years old and would defend that opinion wholeheartedly, but my parents taught us that the world was very old. They were not strictly evolutionists but they believed that it very well could have happened if God chose to use that method, so from an early age I felt this tension between science (what my parents had taught me about it) and the beliefs of my church.

Because of these things, I decided that for my senior thesis, I would continue my research and try to produce a short, but yet concise explanation of evolution and how a Christian can still believe both the Bible and evolutionary theory.

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