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The BioLogos Forum is designed to foster a serious and comprehensive discussion of Christian faith and the sciences. We believe that charitable engagement of different perspectives within the Church helps sharpen our thinking and deepen our commitment to the truth that is hidden in Christ. So while many of the articles and videos under the distinctive Forum banner come from BioLogos staff and Senior Fellows, we feature a range of voices, including those that disagree with us and with each other. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here, and join the conversation in the comments section at the end of each post.

Two Rhetorical Strategies (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 2)

Two Rhetorical Strategies (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 2)

Meyer’s question-shift strategy is to slide from diversification of existing body plans to the origin of the first body plan. Yet, the question of how the first body plan arose isn’t what the biology and paleontology literature discussing the Cambrian is addressing.
September 02, 2014 
By Robert C. Bishop 
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews
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The Extended Synthesis (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 1)

The Extended Synthesis (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 1)

Many evolutionary and developmental biologists are pursuing an extended synthesis involving population genetics, developmental biology, epigenetics and other recent developments. Yet Stephen Meyer presents their published research as offering an alternative to or replacement for neo-Darwinian evolution.
September 01, 2014 
By Robert C. Bishop
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Just the Facts, Ma’am: Creationism’s “Dragnet” View of Science

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Creationism’s “Dragnet” View of Science

“Proponents of common sense realism sometimes see [evolutionary] ideas, which lie at the core of all branches of modern science, as wholly unjustified speculations. This creates a large gap between the views of professional scientists and those of many ordinary people—a gap that is far more significant for the origins controversy than any supposed “gaps” in the fossil record.”
August 28, 2014 
By Ted Davis
 
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Scientific Passions

Scientific Passions

All of science’s discoveries are undergirded by beliefs about the true, good, and beautiful, which makes it all the more tragic when scientists claim to have risen above the search for these things.
August 27, 2014 
By Tony Woodlief
Evolution & Christian Faith project, Science & Worldviews 
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Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley

Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Ralph Stearley

While it is true that Goodwin and others believe that their discoveries pose a major challenge to neo-Darwinian orthodoxy, this does not cause them to abandon their belief that the history of life can be explained as the outcome of biological processes!
August 26, 2014 
Featuring Ralph Stearley
Fossils, ID Movement 
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Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Introduction

Stephen Meyer and the Discovery Institute seek to make the case for the designer in a purely scientific context, without specifying who the designer is. At BioLogos, we take the approach that science is not equipped to provide a full Christian apologetic.
August 25, 2014 
By Deborah Haarsma
Design, Evolution - Evidence 
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Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 4: Contingency vs. Convergence

Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 4: Contingency vs. Convergence

Given that both contingency and convergence seem to be significant factors in evolutionary history, it is only natural for scientists to wonder which force has the upper hand. Is evolution primarily contingent, with convergence playing only a minor role? Or is evolution largely a convergent phenomenon, where contingent factors have little overall influence?
August 21, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Evolution - How It Works, Randomness 
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Origins News Roundup for August 20, 2014

Origins News Roundup for August 20, 2014

From science and religion blogs: quantum uncertainty and God, the remarkable fact that we have come to understand our place in the created order, and the role of theology in making wise choices about the use of technology.
August 20, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Astronomy & Physics, Human Origins, Randomness 
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God as Process Engineer: Creator, Sustainer, Reedemer, and Provider

God as Process Engineer: Creator, Sustainer, Reedemer, and Provider

From a Judeo-Christian perspective, all of these curiosities dovetail into a profoundly meaningful explanation: Being made in God’s image helps to explain our creative and investigative skills, particularly when we consider that God has specially engineered this universe to reveal himself to human beings.
August 19, 2014 
By Dominic Halsmer
Divine Action & Purpose, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Image of God 
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From Babel to Understanding

From Babel to Understanding

We feel that the long-term efforts by ForumC to bring these different factions together are beginning to bear fruit. Where the atmosphere at the first conference was at times tense, this second conference was perceived by all those present as more relaxed and open. The willingness to concede past? errors and the problems involved in the respective positions taken was one clear sign of this.
August 18, 2014 
By René Fransen
Christian Unity, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Harry Rimmer’s Rough Start: The Story of a Feisty Antievolutionist

Harry Rimmer’s Rough Start: The Story of a Feisty Antievolutionist

Like today’s creationists, Rimmer had a special burden for students. Like most fundamentalists then and now, he saw high schools, colleges, and universities as hotbeds of religious doubt. Innocent youth faced challenges from faculty intent on ripping out their faith by the roots. The very truth of the Bible was under assault, in what he saw as an inexcusable misuse of state power.
August 14, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Biblical Authority, Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Creation & Origins 
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Surprised by Snow Globes

Surprised by Snow Globes

But what I heard on Sundays did not seem to fit with what I experienced of the world the rest of the week. Growing up in New Mexico in the cottonwood bosque of the Rio Grande valley provided everything for a kid to become a biologist. I roamed along the river, cooked over cottonwood fires, ate wild asparagus, watched clouds form thunderheads over the distant peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
August 13, 2014 
By Daniel K. Brannan
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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Faith after Literalism: An Interview with Michael Gungor

Faith after Literalism: An Interview with Michael Gungor

Musician Michael Gungor talks about the recent controversy over the evolution of his views on evolution, science, and biblical authority.
August 12, 2014 
Featuring Michael Gungor
Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Worship & Arts 
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Lessons From Dark Matter – Searching For Something That Ought To Be

Lessons From Dark Matter – Searching For Something That Ought To Be

The dark matter hypothesis is one case where we have remained 'fairly confident' for an extended period of time while we gather many different kinds of evidence. This situation is a good analogue for the common deity detection problem. The question “Is there a God?” is not readily addressable by observation and, for practical purposes, not nearly as interesting as “What is God like?”.
August 11, 2014 
By Benjamin Shank
Earth, Universe & Time 
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Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 3: The RNA World Hypothesis

Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 3: The RNA World Hypothesis

So, will science ever solve the problem of abiogenesis? Perhaps not – though when I reflect on the fact that we are only 400 years removed from the time of Galileo, I am reminded that many seemingly unsolvable scientific problems have indeed been solved. And along with Bonhoeffer, I delight in these scientific advances that give us an ever-larger picture of God and his faithfulness to his creation.
August 07, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Genetics, History of Life 
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Origins News Roundup for August 6, 2014

Origins News Roundup for August 6, 2014

News about the Ebola outbreak and initiatives in genomic medicine lead our news roundup this week, with a collection of research and learning opportunities in biology and at the science/faith border to follow.
August 06, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Education, Genetics, History of Life 
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