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“I argue rigorously that evolution and Christianity need not be at odds. Evolution is the disguised friend of faith. Evolution is entirely consistent with an all-knowing, all-powerful God who exists throughout time, sets initial conditions and natural laws, and knows what the results will be. God continuously creates the world and sustains it in its general order and structure. He makes things make themselves. God is the Immanent Creator creating in and through the process of natural order. Evolution is the continuous action of God in the world. All the processes revealed by the sciences are in themselves God acting as Creator.”
“The role of chance in biological evolution can be reconciled with a purposive creator because there is a creative interplay of chance and law apparent in the evolution of living matter by natural selection.”
Although we do not agree with all that Peacocke says, we include this excerpt from his essays because his method of resolving science and faith is shared by other believers, such as Francis Collins, whom we have quoted before. Peacocke was an ordained deacon and priest and a lay reader for the Diocese of Oxford until 1971. This quote was from MIT Press in 2001.