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Excerpts from Catechism of Creation
2/1/2006
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The Catechism of Creation
The Catechism of Creation will lead you to many resources for further study.
The National Center for Science Education
The National Center for Science Education is a leading advocate for the teaching of evolution and science as a way of knowing, 420 40th Street, Suite 2, Oakland, CA 94609-2509; 800-290-6006, ncseoffice@ncseweb.org.
The Discovery Institute
The Discovery Institute is a research organization that champions the Intelligent Design Movement, 1511 Third Avenue, Suite 808, Seattle, WA 98101; 206-292-0401; info@discovery.org.
The Talk Origins Archive
The Talk Origins Archive is a web portal offering mainstream scientific responses to questions about origins, and many links.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science and its Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion offers consolidated links to their resources on evolution.
The American Scientific Affiliation
The American Scientific Affiliation -- offers no absolute position on origins and change, but a range of perspectives from scientists who are evangelical Christians, P.O. Box 668, Ipswich, MA 01938; 978-356-5656; asa@asa3.org.
The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History in New York features Darwin through May 29. The exhibit then moves to museums in Boston, Chicago and Toronto before ending its tour in London. 79th St. and Central Park West, New York, NY; 212-769-5100.
The University of California Museum of Paleontology
The University of California Museum of Paleontology is a research museum, but its “virtual museum” is a great resource for anyone interested in the teaching of evolution.
University of Nebraska State Museum
Museums in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas have joined to improve their teaching of evolution. Visit www.explore-evolution.unl.edu if you can’t go in person.

Episcopalians believe that the Bible “contains all things necessary to salvation” (BCP page 868): it is the inspired and authoritative source of all truth about God, Christ and the Christian life … The Bible, including Genesis, is not a divinely dictated scientific textbook. We discover scientific knowledge about God’s universe in nature, not Scripture.


These majestic stories should not be understood as historical and scientific accounts of origins but as proclamations of basic theological truths about creation. ‘Creation’ in Holy Scripture refers to and describes the relationship between God and all God’s wonderful works.


No. However, clergy and scientists … in Anglicanism have accepted evolution from Darwin’s time to the present. The church in a resolution passed by the 67th General Convention (1982) affirmed the ability of God to create in any form and fashion, which would include evolution. Several Anglicans and Episcopalians, some of whom are both theologians and scientists, are contributing to the development of new theologies of an evolving creation.


According to Anglican priest and biologist Arthur Peacocke, God acts as Creator “in, with and under” the natural processes of chance and natural selection. Theologian Elizabeth Johnson writes that God uses the randomness of genetic mutation to ensure variety, resilience, novelty and freedom in the world. One could say that God has a purpose rather than a fixed plan, a goal rather than a blueprint. As the 19th-century Anglican minister Charles Kingsley put it, God has made a world that is able to make itself. [Physicist and Anglican priest] John Polkinghorne states that God has given the world a free process, just as God has given human beings free will. 

No. Although some Episcopalians are attracted to this concept, many Anglicans and Episcopalians who are scientists oppose the Intelligent Design Movement for the same reasons the vast majority of other scientists do. … It is not science’s task to discover God in nature; it is theology’s task to proclaim the revelation of the creating God in Scripture.