I recall reading a book by Hugh Ross many years ago, in which he claimed that life, or at least intelligent life, on other planets was a Biblical impossibility. I believe the argument hinged on the Biblical claim that Humanity is the "crown of God's creation."

Ross is an Old Earth Creationist; that is, he believes in an old earth (billions of years), but that humanity was a "special creation", not evolved from lower life forms.

Theistic Evolutionists tend not to depend on a "special" intervention, which, at least on the surface, seems that it would lend itself to the possibility of life, possibly including intelligent life, having evolved in various places throughout the Universe.

My question is:

Do any Theistic Evolutionists hold the view that life on Earth (or at least intelligent life on Earth) is unique in the universe, for Biblical reasons? And if so, what is their Biblical basis?

I stress for Biblical reasons, because I'm not interested in the types of arguments that might be made based on the Fermi paradox, or other views that are equally valid among non-theists. Naturally, Biblical reasons are bound to coincide with naturalistic and/or philosophical reasons, and that's fine. I'm not looking for the absence of naturalistic/philosophical reasons; I'm looking for the existence of a Biblical basis.

And to scope the question away from "My uncle is a TE, and believes this", please focus on Theistic Evolutionists which have published their views in a book, magazine, or journal (peer review not required; self-published blogs and the like discouraged).

  • I deleted a few comments. If you read this and want to write more than a few sentences, please consider answering the question rather than commenting at this point. – Peter Turner Oct 11 '17 at 17:46

I’m not a theistic evolutionists but my comment will be misconstrued as an answer so I’ll address it in a post.

The Bible has a cosmology that would be described quite simply as a stationary flat earth, with a dome firmament and waters outside the firmament, sheol below the earth. In the heavens below or within the firmament there are only stars, a moon and a sun in this cosmology. No such thing as infinite space, no such thing as galaxies made up of trillions of stars. Therefore statistically since there is only one earth, and the “planets” are stars that have been displaced from orbit, life can only exist in this Biblical cosmology on the flat earth.

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Are there other entities within this terrarium? They are heavenly beings or spiritual in nature even though they can take physical form. But they are still of this earth and not of a different “”distant planet elsewhere in the universe””.

So from the Biblical stand point is impossible to even consider a secular, atheist Big Bang, abiogenesis, evolutionary, pseudoscientific Hypothesis. It doesn’t fit with the Biblical text. Marrying the two requires a serious amount of cognitive dissonance

The secular scientist don’t give any credence to the Bible but some Christians will give credence to the theories of the scientists. To do this the Bible must be discounted.

I too am curious how the theistic evolutionists make such claims.

The Bible clearly states there is a firmament.

“And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

And the firmament persists even after the flood

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  • This is interesting commentary, but I think not really relevant to the question. – Flimzy Feb 7 at 15:02
  • I agree but like I said In the opening paragraph my comments are taken as answers so then I might as well turn them into long answers. If you want me to delete it I can – Autodidact Feb 7 at 15:12

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