I just read
a marvellous explanation of evolutionary creation in Adam and the Genome by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight (BrazosPress, 2017). McKnight
says, “. . . God constructed the DNA of the smallest organic matter to unfold
in our direction.”
(p. 132) God started with DNA processes in small single-celled organisms and
set it up in such a way that one day, humans would be created. The DNA unfolded “in
our direction.”
One page
over, McKnight then goes on to explain God’s image in men and women. “They image God
whenever each separately or whenever both together rule, subdue or cause any
element of creation to flourish in God’s design for it.” (p. 133) That may be the best explanation of the imago Dei or image of God I have heard and is certainly
something to which I can relate, either as the farmer I used to be, or the
pastor and coach I am now. When I cause an animal, stalk of grain, or person to
flourish so that they function in the way they were designed, I am co-ruling, co-subduing, and joining with God in this work. I am turning chaos into order and causing others to delight
in who they are. 

I will
continue to read this book and see what other insights may be found. This is an important book for this point in the history of Evangelical Christianity.

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