The purpose of this post is to argue that Wesleyans should reject theistic evolution. To do so doesn’t require defending a literal view of the Genesis creation account.
Theistic evolution functions on principles that are contrary to God’s revealed character. It is absurd to argue that a good God who is involved with His creation would create a world that runs on principles that contradict His nature.
As Wesleyans we believe that everyone has great value. We have value not because of our genes, but because God created us.
As Wesleyans we believe that God cares for the weak. He hears the prayers of the widow. He protects the fatherless. He defends the poor.
As Wesleyans we believe that God heals the sick. He gives sight to the blind, and speech to the mute. God makes us whole.
All of these values contradict the principles of natural selection. Natural selection rewards the strong, the powerful, the aggressive, the fertile, the selfish, the genetically perfect. Natural selection is efficient, but it is not loving.
Jesus says that the last will be first. Jesus says that blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek. Jesus says that the meek will inherit the earth.
Jesus himself was not physically attractive, and he had no physical descendants (Isaiah 53). Yet he was also perfect. God’s definition of perfection does not include the attributes that are required for natural selection.
Natural selection is a result of the fall. God created a perfect world, a world without death. Yet we live in a world in decay. We live in a world where the strong survive and the weak often perish. The fallen world we live in is not the way God originally created it. When we argue on behalf of theistic evolution, we are arguing for a world that has always been fallen, and we are arguing that God created a world that contrary to his intrinsic character.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. –Romans 8:20-21