This comes from Jerry Korsmeyer’s book Evolution and Eden: Balancing Original Sin and Contemporary Science, published in 1998. Korsmeyer is both a physicist and a theologian.
The tremendous amount of time it took for the simplest elements of matter to form themselves into stars, and to make the other elements, is consistent with the concepts of persuasive power and minimal creaturely response. A God with classical omnipotent power who could create anything at a word, would not produce the universe as we know it today. The messy aspects of evolution, the diversity of life bursting into all niches available after extinctions, the dead ends of evolution, dinosaurs in vast array living for hundreds of millions of years, the parasites, the disease bacteria, nature “red in tooth and claw” — all these things become more understandable in the light of a persuasive God and co-creating creatures. The evolving universe makes no sense whatsoever if divinity has the characteristics of classical theism. No wonder the idea of evolution is so repugnant to biblical literalists. (Emphasis Added)
Those bold-face statements sound like the kinds of things I always say. Korsmeyer goes on to argue that we need a view of God that is fundamentally different from that of classical theism in order to reconcile evolution with Christianity. I think there is much to say about the credibility of his model, but I shall leave that for another post. For now I would just note two things. The first is that it is not just biblical literalists who will object to Korsmeyer’s statement, but anyone who subscribes to a classical view of God. The second is that if reconciling evolution and Christianity requires major reformulations of core doctrines, and it does, then many will see that as equivalent to saying the two cannot be reconciled.