The mixing of evolutionism with faith in God is called theistic evolutionism. It is the belief that God used evolution to create the world. God supposedly created the initial materials, arranged the natural laws, and guided the whole evolutionary process. Life supposedly originated from non-living chemicals. All forms of life that now exist supposedly developed from a first one-celled organism by mutation and natural selection over the course of millions of years. By adding theism to such notions, it is expected that at least philosophically the imprimatur of respectability has been provided to cover the fact that evolutionism, due to its exclusion of the biblical account of creation, is based solely on the changing imaginations of its adherents. But, as Dr. Chittick rightly points out, “Even theistic evolutionism does not explain the origin of life, or even discuss the origin of life from inorganic materials. One cannot mutate without the first life already being there. Inorganic chemicals do not mutate.”20
The notion of theistic evolutionism is an attempt to negate the absolute authority of the Bible. It holds that words of Scripture are not to be understood as absolutely authoritative. The very framework or worldview of theistic evolutionism logically requires its adherents to reduce the biblical account of creation to a subservient place within the context of their own limited understanding. What is so serious in all of this speculation is that for adherents of theistic evolution God is no longer the God of the Bible but rather a distant “first cause” who started it all. This is simply the impersonal god of Aristotle’s “unmoved mover” that was incorporated in the Roman Catholic philosophy by Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century.