The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at a meeting last month issued a resolution that doesn’t mention evolution but is clearly all about evolution.
1) We affirm that Adam and Eve were special, unique direct creations of God, created in His image, with Adam being formed from the dust of the ground and Eve being made from his side; as such, they were real human beings and the first man and woman;
2) We affirm that the account of creation Adam and Eve as found in Genesis 1 and 2 is history;
3) We deny any teaching that claims that the account of creation of Adam and Eve as found in Genesis 1 and 2 is mythology;
4) We deny any theory that teaches that Adam and Eve descended from other biological life forms and that such a theory can be reasonably reconciled with either the Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church or Holy Scripture.
But what is the purpose of a resolution that is simply ignored?
“The ARP church may adopt position statements but it does not dictate what we teach at Erskine,” Edwards said in an email. “I have never been told what I can teach and I have always been encouraged to teach real science, including evolution. Since this position statement about Adam and Eve was adopted, the president of Erskine and the incoming chairman of the Board of Trustees have told me (and all of the Biology faculty) to continue teaching as we have always done.”