I was researching various connections of Brian McLaren, and stumbled across yet another apostate movement: Evolutionary Christianity (AKA Evolutionary Spirituality). I get the impression that Evolutionary Christianity is very similar to Emergence Christianity, but with a “scientific” emphasis. Following are several links to Evolutionary Christianity websites.
This link lists 30 Evolutionary Christianity speakers (as of 12/5/10):
Ian Barbour – Elder statesman in the science and religion movement. Awarded the Templeton Prize in 1999. Author of Myths, Models, and Paradigms; Religion in an Age of Science; and Nature, Human Nature, and God.
Spencer Burke – Former megachurch pastor, now Emerging Church leader. Creator of TheOOZE.com, an international online community for diverse Christians to connect through articles and social networking. Author of A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity.
Jim Burklo – Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California; ordained in the United Church of Christ. A former pastor and leading voice in Progressive Christianity. Author of Open Christianity: Home by Another Road.
Philip Clayton – Philosopher and theologian at Claremont School of Theology, whose focus is the intersection of science and religion. Author of All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty-First Century.
John Cobb – Prominent United Methodist process theologian and long-time professor at Claremont School of Theology. Author of Process Theology and Christian Faith and Religious Diversity.
Ted Davis – Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College. Past President of the American Scientific Affiliation: a fellowship of men and women of science and related disciplines who share a common fidelity to the Bible and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science.
Michael Dowd – Itinerant evolutionary evangelist and evangelical naturalist. Author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and by religious leaders across the spectrum.
Matthew Fox – Founder of the Creation Spirituality movement. Formerly a Catholic priest, now Episcopal. Author of Original Blessing; The Coming of the Cosmic Christ; and Natural Grace.
Karl Giberson – Noted science and religion scholar who teaches at Eastern Nazarene College. Vice President of BioLogos Foundation, a think-tank helping evangelical Christians integrate faith with science. Author of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution.
Owen Gingerich – Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Author of God’s Universe and The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler.
John F. Haught – Leading Catholic evolutionary theologian and Senior Fellow in Science & Religion at Georgetown University. Author of Making Sense of Evolution and Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature.
Ross Hostetter – A leader in the emerging field of Integral Christianity. Co-founder of Boulder Integral Center.
Kevin Kelly – Co-founder and Senior Maverick of Wired magazine and former publisher and editor of The Whole Earth Review. Author of New Rules for the New Economy; Out of Control; and What Technology Wants.
Denis Lamoureux – A leading evangelical contributor to the public understanding of evolution. Council member of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation. Author of I love Jesus and I Accept Evolution.
Ian Lawton – A gifted preacher ordained as an Anglican priest in Australia. Now pastor of C3 Exchange, an inclusive spiritual community near Grand Rapids. Established Soulseeds.com to inspire and encourage people in all stages of life.
Brian McLaren – “Rock star” of the Emerging Church movement. Recognized in Time magazine as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals [is this what evangelicals have come to? – McLaren is about as liberal as they get]. Author of A Generous Orthodoxy; The Secret Message of Jesus; A New Kind of Christianity; and the forthcoming, Naked Spirituality.
Kenneth R Miller – Brown University cell biologist and leading advocate, nationally, of the public understanding of evolution. Author of Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution.
Sally Morgenthaler – A prophetic voice within evangelical Christianity, calling the Church out of its inward-focus to become a transforming, generative presence in the world. Has served as adjunct professor at Yale University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon Conwell Seminary, and others.
Michael Morwood – A respected voice in Progressive Christianity with 40 years experience in retreat, education, parish and youth ministries. Author of Tomorrow’s Catholic; Praying a New Story; and Children Praying a New Story: A Resource for Parents, Grandparents and Teachers.
Diarmuid O’Murchu – Catholic priest and social psychologist living in Dublin, Ireland, and a leading evolutionary theologian. Author of Quantum Theology; Evolutionary Faith; and Ancestral Grace.
Doug Pagitt – Emerging Church pastor and consultant for churches and denominations on issues of postmodern culture, social systems, and religious faith. Co-founder of Emergent Village and author of A Christianity Worth Believing. [He is also a universalist, and preaching pastor at Solomon’s Temple.]
William D. Phillips – Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. A United Methodist lay person and a founding member of the International Society for Science & Religion.
John Polkinghorne – Physicist and Fellow of the Royal Society, Britain’s most distinguished science society. Also an Anglican priest and theologian. Awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002. Author of The Faith of a Physicist and Belief in God in an Age of Science.
Richard Rohr – Catholic priest who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation. Contributing editor for Sojourners magazine and a contributor to Tikkun magazine. Author of The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See and Why Be Catholic?.
Bruce Sanguin – Pastor of Canadian Memorial United Church, in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is a congregation that, through his leadership, models open-hearted evolutionary Christian spirituality. Author of Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos and If Darwin Prayed.
Mary Southard – Catholic nun and student of Thomas Berry, whose paintings, sculptures, and Earth Calendar communicate a sacred and deep-time relationship to Earth and Cosmos across religious divides.
John Shelby Spong – Retired Episcopal bishop and prophetic theologian whose books have sold more than a million copies, among them: Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism and Why Christianity Must Change or Die.
Charles H Townes – Awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1964 for his invention of the laser. Received the Templeton Prize in 2005 for contributions to the understanding of religion.
Tom Thresher – UCC pastor and Integral Christianity leader. Teaches leadership at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Author of Reverent Irreverence: Integral Church for the 21st Century—From Cradle to Christ Consciousness.
Gail Worcelo – Catholic nun who co-founded Green Mountain Monastery with Thomas Berry. Working toward grounding religious life within the context of the Universe Story. A leader in the Sisters of Earth movement.
Regarding Brian Sanguin listed above, check out his church’s website. The church provides links to a series of sermons explaining and defending Evolutionary Christianity:
This website also includes an archive of “sermons” – check them out. Brian Sanguin has preached about many aspects of the false teaching of Evolutionary Christianity.
And this “church’s” website homepage: