We got some very quick responses to last month’s interview with prof. John Polkinghorne. Some of our listeners were concerned that we show that Polkinghorne’s worldview is not the only one, and that Christians can understand the origins of life in a very different way. So we got in touch with the professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion at Leeds University, Andy McIntosh, to talk about an alternative worldview.
Like Polkinhorne, McIntosh presented a clear, coherent and consistent worldview. The difference between the two seems to lie in their starting points. Polkinghorne seemed to start with a scientific view of the world, and then interpreted the Bible (Genesis in particular) through this lens. Whereas McIntosh seemed to be starting with a literal reading of Genesis, and then interpreted science through that lens.
I certainly found McIntosh’s creationist worldview more consistent with a loving creator who is on the side of the weak and vulnerable (which flies in the face of the death and suffering required by evolution). But obviously to hold this view one has to stand in opposition to prevailing scientific opinion. And so unless you happen to be skilled in multiple scientific disciplines, it’s a hard position to defend.
What do you think? Is this an issue you’ve wrestled with? Is it an issue as central as organisations like Answers in Genesis would have us believe? What conclusions have you come to?