Jeff Hardin (right) is Chairman of the University of Wisconsin’s Zoology Department and a scientist who recognizes the reality of evolution.
He’s also a Christian, who believes in the claims of the Bible.
By Rachel Ford|Friendly Atheist
Hardin’s knowledge of science leads him to reject literalist interpretations of the Bible, like Young Earth Creationism, which make claims about science and nature that are distinctly at odds with the evidence. When the Bible is read in such a fashion as to make it conflict with reality, he believes, it is read wrongly. And he makes it his mission to show that the two, science and religion, are highly compatible.
Hardin calls himself an “Evolutionary Creationist.” Writing for Slate, William Saletan describes Hardin’s brand of Creationism this way:
They believe that God authored the emergence of life and humankind but that evolution explains how this process unfolded. They accept what science has established: The Earth is billions of years old, and all species, including ours, have evolved from other species.
Even at a glance, this approach is certainly preferable to Young Earth Creationism, if only because Evolutionary Creationists do not deny the realities that science uncovers. Young Earth Creationists like Ken Ham, on the other hand, will insist that evidence contradicting (their interpretation of) the Bible is flawed; Hardin suggests that interpretations of the Bible that contradict fact are faulty interpretations.