It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2
I read, The Language of God by Francis Collins. Collins is a Christian and shares his testimony in the book. He argues convincingly for evolution from a scientific point of view.
Not being a scientist, I found one of his most telling arguments came out of history rather than science. In 1633 Galileo was tried and placed under house arrest. His publications were banned because he believed the world revolved around the sun. At the time the church believed that the sun revolved around the world and quoted the following Scriptures: “The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved” (Psalm 93:1). “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved” (Psalm 104:5). “The sun rises and the sets, and hurries back to where it rises” (Ecclesiastes 1:5). Only in 1992, 359 years after Galileo was tried, was an apology issued by the Pope. People came to believe the world revolved around the sun in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Francis Collins believes a similar thing will happen with evolution, but it may not as there’s much evidence for creationism.
Francis Collins is a good spokesman. He has excellent credentials as a scientist. He can address issues from an evolutionary point of view and challenge the likes of Richard Dawkins for which I’m grateful.
I hope Christians will act wisely in these matters. The Bible was never intended to be a science book and often uses poetry, word pictures and allegories to make a point. I believe, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). I can’t speak categorically on how he did it or how long he took!