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5 Christian Denominations With Most Conservative Stance on Evolution

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 06:35 PM

Evolution and religion are two controversial topics, and opinions vary widely even among different Christian denominations about where the truth lies. The Genesis story of Adam and Eve versus the idea that society slowly developed from adaptation do not align.

With Christianity as complex and divergent as it is, denominations take widely varying stances on this hot topic.

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Here are the top five denominations with a conservative stance on evolution, meaning they less likely to believe in it:

1. Southern Baptist Convention
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, told Time magazine in 2005 that evolution and biblical views could not be reconciled.

“I believe the Bible is adequately clear about how God created the world, and that its most natural reading points to a six-day creation that included not just the animal and plant species but the earth itself,” Mohler told Time.

2. Church of God in Christ, Mennonite
This Baptist-derived denomination laid out its objection to evolution on its website, citing passages from Genesis, Hebrews, Exodus, Jeremiah, and Revelation that reject evolution.

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Its belief statement says, “The Genesis account of the creation is true. The simple yet profound revelation must be received by faith. The theory of evolution, which teaches a continuous natural development from the lowest to the highest forms of life, is a contradictions of the teachings of the Bible.”

3. Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
While the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America supports the theory of evolution in union with a non-literal reading of the Bible, the Missouri Synod faction of Lutheranism directly rejects the conciliation of evolution and religion.

In its Creation and Evolution pamphlet, President Dr. A.L. Barry wrote that Adam and Eve and the Genesis story of Creation are true, “not merely a ‘myth’ or a ‘story’ made up to explain the origin of all things. ...Many aspects of evolutionary theory are directly contradictory to God’s Word. Evolution cannot be ‘baptized’ to make it compatible with the Christian faith.”

4. Seventh-Day Adventists
The Adventist Church President Ted Wilson spoke in 2014 in vehement opposition to the theory of evolution.

“If one does not accept the recent six-day creation understanding, then that person is actually not a ‘Seventh-day’ Adventist since the seventh-day Sabbath would become absolutely meaningless historically and theologically,” Wilson said.

5. Amish
Lastly, the Amish, who stop formal education after the eighth grade, cited religious objections as one of the reasons its denomination opposes the idea of evolution. On its website, they stated, “Theories such as evolution are objectionable to the Amish, who take a literal view of the Bible and the Creation story.”

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