Evolution, Bible not mutually exclusive

What is it with politicians who cannot answer a simple question: Do you believe in evolution?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of a thundering herd of Republicans considering a run for the presidency in 2016, got asked that question in Great Britain.

He punted on it. Actually, he choked on it. Neither result is surprising given that he needs to curry favor with the evangelical wing of his political party.


Actually, I’ve never quite gotten the notion that evolution and the biblical theory of creation are mutually exclusive.

I long have held the view that one can believe in both ideas: that the world evolved over billions of years and that God orchestrated its evolution.

The Book of Genesis talks about how God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh day. As one who believes in the presence of God, I’ve never quite bought the notion that the “days” mentioned in the Bible are days as we’ve come to know them as human beings. I long have held the view that biblical “days” can be measured in almost any increment we choose.

I get that the Bible doesn’t¬†acknowledge the existence of¬†prehistoric¬†creatures or¬†the existence of human beings in any form other than what is mentioned in¬†Genesis or any of the books that follow¬†through the Old and New testaments.

From my standpoint, that doesn’t¬†discount the existence of¬†those creatures¬†or of¬†prehistoric hominids.

So, Gov. Walker¬†cannot answer the question about evolution because he fears some backlash by evangelicals?¬†Come on. You can believe in¬†both¬†elements of creation. The way I read Scripture, they aren’t mutually exclusive.