Presbyterians add their voice for evolution

08.15.2016

PC (USA) sealAt the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) held June 18-25, 2016, the assembly voted to adopt a proposed "Affirmation of Creation."

According to the affirmation, scientific inquiry provides "descriptions and ever more profound understandings" of God's creation.

Included in the affirmation are acknowledgments that the universe is 13.8 billion years old, that the Earth is 4.6 billion years old, that life on Earth is 3.6 billion years old, that living things on Earth are connected "in a network of kinship by virtue of biological evolution from common ancestors," and that Homo sapiens emerged "over more than 6 million years of hominin development."

The affirmation is now reproduced in its entirety on NCSE's website and will be included in the fourth edition of NCSE's Voices for Evolution.

The assembly also approved a proposal to endorse the Clergy Letter Project, which describes evolution as a "foundational scientific truth."