As a Biomedical Engineering student at one of the largest and most liberal schools in the country, I get completely bombarded with crazy conversations about how I can be a Christian but also be willing to learn about things like evolution. I feel like too many people see SCIENCE vs. CHRISTIANITY. It doesn’t have to be like that… they actually compliment each other very very well. The issues come up when people misinterpret one or the other (usually a misunderstanding in reading the bible). But both Christians and Nerds have gotta understand something about the bible - the bible is not written as a textbook filled with scientific facts, nor was it written to people in modern society. Back then, people were not concerned with how animals evolved, because they didn’t know that they did. The bible is written not to give facts, but to get key ideas across to people of that day in a way that they would be able to readily understand and interpret with their knowledge. My biology professor today stated, “If all animals were created at the same time, we would see a layer of fossils all at the same depth.” I started thinking about what it actually says in genesis, and no where does it say “all animals were created at the same time.” I feel like that is a very typical misconseption by people who simply don’t have a knowledge of the bible. I do believe God created the animals, but it never says they were all created at the same time, it never argues against the fact that animals evolve, it never says natural selection doesn’t take place (which was darwin’s whole theory). Genesis never even gives a time frame in the garden (I personally do not believe in the 24hr creation days, for reasons of background information in the study of Genesis… but that is too much to talk about right now), so as far as the raw content goes, there is no argument against the fact that all of life evolved during the formation of the garden. And there is a reason for that; Listen… that was not the point of those verses in Genesis. Those verses are not supposed to be factual evidence about how things were made, people back then didn’t care about that… at all. Those verses explain that God cared enough to be personally involved in his creation of the world, it wasn’t an accident of the gods as most other major religions of the time believed. So there is no reason for there to be this tension between Science and Christianity… they can exist together just fine. God created everything, he also planned for us to have brains that allow us to think and be able to learn about his creation. So lets stop bashing each other, because what is important is what Good Friday represents. We believe that Christ loved us enough to first fulfill the Jewish law that was (by the entire old testament) shown to be impossible for any human to perfectly uphold, and then he (being perfectly pure from fulfilling the jewish law, and all of its commands) was able to be THE sacrifice for sins, in our place. He then conquered death, and rose from the dead after three days. So yes, its a pretty weird story, but I believe it is completely true. THIS is the basis of what I, as a Christian, believe - regardless of whether or not everything evolved from microbes. And if you have questions, even things as basic as “Was Jesus a real person?” I advise you to read C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Lewis was an athiest to the bone, but as his science/history/literature background drove him to do research, he became someone who is now one of the most influential Christian writers of today.