Update: I have switched to a new host and a new domain for Mere Creation. The website is also undergoing a complete makeover and redesign. However, the discussion forum is very much alive and well, and some excellent and insightful discussion is taking place there on issues at the intersection of science and theology. The new domain for Mere Creation is http://MereCreation.org.
It’s been a long time in the oven, but I am pleased to announce that MereCreation.net is now live and online! It’s certainly not easy putting together a project like this with two young ‘uns at home, being able to work only in little chunks of time, and having to learn how to use a CMS and forum software as I go, but I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the process.
The web address is
http://merecreation.net http://MereCreation.org, and my hope is that the site can serve three primary purposes:
1. To provide fair, informative, and honest descriptions of the primary Christian perspectives on Creation that are not polarizing or preferential. The strengths and weaknesses of each position will be critically analyzed, and responses to common core issues by proponents of differing positions will be compared and contrasted. It is not the intent of this site to convince people of any one ‘perspective’ of Creation over another. Our goal is to inform in as fair and impartial a manner as possible of the rich range of Christian thought on Creation. By thus being made aware of the diversity of viewpoints, it is our hope that you will be able to come to a more informed conclusion for yourself.The inspiration for Mere Creation is of course C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, particularly this section from his preface:
2. To build up a community of like-minded people who share, not the same perspective on Creation, but a central purpose to bring glory to the Creator and convey the wonder of Creation. Our goal is to find common ground that can be mutually affirmed and celebrated by those who may personally hold to a diversity of Creation views, taking inspiration from the task that C.S. Lewis undertook in his presentation of ‘mere’ Christianity.
3. To present a cogent, compelling, and convincing apologetic case for the Creator and Creation.
“It is at her centre, where her truest children dwell, that each communion is really closest to every other in spirit, if not in doctrine. And this suggests that at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice.”The starting basis for Mere Creation is our shared belief in the Creator. It is that central Someone that we seek to magnify, regardless of our preferred personal perspective on Creation.
The question of origins is a primary issue at the heart of the intersection of science and theology. For many who are asking the deep questions about the meaning to life, the issue of creation can be the first step forward in their consideration of God, or it can be the greatest stumbling block, depending on how it is presented. What we seek to offer at MereCreation.net is a place where all the divergent views on this key doctrine can be given a fair and honest hearing, so that those who visit may gain a better understanding and appreciation of the contending views and be able to make a more informed decision for themselves. We believe that debate and discussion on our differences can be beneficial, but not at the expense of our witness as one Body in Christ, because we understand that that which we hold in common is far greater than our differences.
Many of the pages are currently incomplete, purposefully incomplete you can say, because the hope is that this site will not be the voice and view of just one person, but a reflection of the community as a whole. If you are interested in being part of building this community, I hope you will check out