Evolution and Faith
My stab at creationism has generated more discussion than I thought it would. In response to Jonathan, who has debated me the last few of weeks I thought I'd post on evolution and it's effects on Christian faith.
Evolution means that creation is not only a past event but a present and continuing process. Thus God has to be ever present in the unfolding of life. Deism died with Darwin's origin of species, replaced by Calvin's view that God upholds the world moment by moment.
The need for salvation isn't contingent on Genesis. It's an observable moral fact about the world we live in. Reading a daily paper makes the need apparent. Genesis is a very insightful response to that need but not it's source. I think the temptation is to flip those around.
If we thought of a soul as that which makes us us, our personality, histories then yes other animals have souls. And they partake in God's salvation story as well. The Bible assumes as much. For instance in Hosea, God makes a covenant with the animals.
We shouldn't think of the image of God as based on some criteria that humans have or share because if it's something we have, you'll shortly find that there is somebody who doesn't have it. And they lose out in our society. Rather to say that we are made in the image of God should be indicative of God's posture towards us.
I don't see how sin, redemption, soul, or imagio dei are nullified by evolution. I think some of these concepts are actually strengthened with the story. The one thing that could changes are views about mortality. And that issue I'll save for another post.