In the recently released collection of essays Creation Set Free, Greg Boyd argues that evolution can be situated inside the broader scriptural motif of cosmic warfare between God & Satan. In so doing Boyd (appears to) embrace a faily current scientific understanding of evolution.
What makes this unique is that this affirmation does not develop out of a liberal reading of scripture, in which the biblical narrative is demythologized & made to square with current evolutionary theory. Rather, Boyd comes from a thoroughly evangelical perspective, one that has a “high” view of scripture (unless you think his open theism renders him unworthy of the label evangelical).
I found some of Boyd’s thoughts provocative, but what really interests me is that a conservative evangelical appears to be at the very least sympathetic to neodarwinian evolution. I know that this is not a completely new phenomenon, but in my judgment is still far too rare among evangelical theology. Further, while proponents of open theism have never been afraid to live on the boundaries of evangelicalism, I am excited by someone of conservative evangelical stripe being willing to approach evolution without a dismissive or reactionary attitude. As Clark Pinnock, a fellow evangelical OT & doctrinal tightrope walker once said, “may his tribe increase.”