Over some lunches, coffee, and reading groups, another topic that came up from time to time these last ten years was our faith and science, not just the topic of evolution, but brain research, etc. Thankfully, IWU doesn't have any "in the face" scientists like the gentleman at Calvin who recently parted ways. Its science faculty present various perspectives on these sorts of issues. In the 00s, Burt Webb was often at the lunch table wrestling with us in relation to these sorts of things.
In the absence of any official statements on the issue, Keith Drury's book, Common Ground probably comes closest to a position by the Wesleyan Church on origins currently: "Christian doctrine does not offer final answers to these questions. Individual Christians have hunches, theories, and opinions about these things, but none of us knows for sure. We read books on these things because we are curious, and some of us have even started organizations to promote one or another of these theories. However, we do not do this because we are Christian theologians. Christian theology says little about how God created. Theology addresses the "who" of creation--we believe the God of the Old and New Testaments and the Father of Jesus Christ our Lord is the creator of heaven and earth. How he created is interesting but is not relevant to our core faith. Christians insist on rejecting any theory of creation that leaves God out, but we are open to discussing any theory that confesses God as creator. We let Christians in the field of science give their theories on how it might have happened, but these scientific theories are merely interesting to us, not vital. We claim only that God is creator" (46).
In my opinion, this is a very wise position. On the one hand, as our own Wim VandeMerwe would often remind us, there are presuppositions involved in science. As Thomas Kuhn once suggested, paradigms shift often unexpectedly and sometimes drastically. It is impossible for us to know what the scientists of 100 years from now will be saying.
On the other hand, as Kenneth Miller warns in one of the books we read these last 10 years, it is dangerous to base your faith on gaps in our current knowledge. I personally find it problematic to stake my faith on the hope that the vast majority of experts on any topic are incorrect--especially when they haven't substantially changed their position in over 100 years. Christian scientists and theologians should be brainstorming how faith could fit with evolution and other prevailing scientific theories. Those of us who are not experts on these issues--either science or theology--should be careful about our own assumptions as well. It is not only scientists that can have unexamined assumptions. We can have unexamined assumptions about theology as well.
Some discussions these last 10 years at IWU meandered through these sorts of topics. I can't say that we broke any new ground, but I think it would be fair to say we agreed that Christian scientists should have space to explore these sorts of things. Not only can scientific theories be wrong but biblical interpretations can be wrong too.