Oh, you are most welcome, Alex! My pleasure.AlexanderOfBergamo said:First of all thanks for your biology-for-newbees lesson.
Well, yes, of course, as believers in God, we know that He has providence for everything, but I do not talk about God and His wonderful plans in my biology classes. And as far as acceptancy goes, the theory of biological evolution is, so far, the only comprehensive scientific theory in biology, so it not a question for me whether I accept it or not, regardless of me being an Orthodox faithful. Again, no scientific theory ever gives us the whole truth; yet, some scientific theories have been refuted or superseded - but the theory of biological evolution is not one of them. It remains a central working theory in biology, and, as far as I call myself a biologist and a biology teacher at a university, I must accept it or else exclude myself from biological sciences. It would be very much like to reject the atomic theory and remain a chemist. Faith, theology in this case are not what makes you accept of reject the atomic theory or the evolutionary theory.AlexanderOfBergamo said:Secondly, this is a RELIGIOUS TOPICS thread, so I was keeping the discussion on theology, and not on biology... The primary question was: Is evolution acceptable within Orthodoxy? And my answer is: It is acceptable UNTIL, as Orthodox Christians, we keep in mind that GOD worked THROUGH evolution BY His energies and WITH THE FINAL PURPOSE of creating humanity (this is possibly the most technical definition I can give of my personal opinion on the subject). It is the direction God--->humanity of the evolutionary arrow that interests me from a theological perspective, since THIS is the Biblical perspective which makes the world's procession from the initial Big Bang chaos ('invisible/formless' and 'void/disadorned' are the two expressions of chaos in Genesis 2) to an ordered universe or cosmos ruled over by man under God's guide to be the original plan of God destroyed by sin. Afterall, the mechanisms of evolutionary biology are still too complicated for non-experts and they're not so useful in daily life for the profanes (unlike physics which - at least at an ordinary level - provides some technological results) except maybe for medicine due to the implications in genetics.