Bishop Kallistos Ware - Orthodoxy and Evolution

Bishop Kallistos Ware - Orthodoxy and Evolution

There are two positions on Evolution in the Orthodox church; many among those who converted from radical Protestant groups still adhere to creationism, but a prevailing opinion supports evolution. Among those who have written on this are Frs Gregory Hallam and Andrei Kureav. You can refer to their articles (both titled "Orthodoxy and Creationism") online.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (b. 1934) is a titular metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Great Britain. From 1966-2001, he was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and has authored numerous books and articles on the Orthodox Christian faith.

On Faith and Science:

"Even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds as being certain from reason and experience.

Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn" (St. Augustine on Genesis).

"for this reason man was made last after the animals, as nature advanced in an orderly course to perfection. For this rational animal, man, is blended of every form of soul; he is nourished by the vegetative kind of soul, and to the faculty of growth was added that of sense, which stands midway, if we regard its peculiar nature, between the intellectual and the more material essence being as much coarser than the one as it is m

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