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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.

Origins News Roundup for September 17, 2014

Origins News Roundup for September 17, 2014

Read about the death of Wolfhart Pannenberg, still debating creation and evolution, and a really big dinosaur discovery.
September 17, 2014 
By Hannah Birky 
Creation & Origins, Fossils, Lives of Faith
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BioLogos Basics Video #5: How Old Is the Earth?

BioLogos Basics Video #5: How Old Is the Earth?

At BioLogos, we believe that a serious and faithful reading of Scripture doesn’t call for a recent origin to the earth, and we are persuaded that God has shown us through the natural world he created that his creative work began much earlier.
September 16, 2014 
By Jim Stump, Andrew DeSelm
Age of the Earth, Creation & Origins 
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Big Picture or Big Gaps? Why Natural Theology is better than Intelligent Design

Big Picture or Big Gaps? Why Natural Theology is better than Intelligent Design

Do we see God because of design, or do we see design because of God?
September 15, 2014 
By Alister McGrath
Atheism & Scientism, Divine Action & Purpose, ID Movement 
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Ch. 1-2: “Two Books” by God?  God’s Word and God’s World

Ch. 1-2: “Two Books” by God?  God’s Word and God’s World

God invites us to understand his power and nature through studying what has been made.
September 12, 2014 
By Carol Acree Cavalier
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Further Thoughts on “Darwin’s Doubt” after Reading Bishop’s Review (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 2)

Further Thoughts on “Darwin’s Doubt” after Reading Bishop’s Review (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 2)

Although we agree that Meyer’s ultimate conclusion is incorrect, Robert Bishop and I see Darwin’s Doubt through different lenses, evaluating its merit differently.
September 11, 2014 
By Darrel Falk
Cambrian Explosion, Evolution - How It Works, ID Movement 
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Thoughts on ”Darwin’s Doubt” (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 1)

Thoughts on ”Darwin’s Doubt” (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Darrel Falk, Part 1)

Darwin’s Doubt is a well-researched and fairly accurate picture of contemporary biology. It is the best case yet presented by the Intelligent Design movement, even though its conclusions are ultimately unconvincing.
September 09, 2014 
By Darrel Falk
Cambrian Explosion, Evolution - How It Works, ID Movement 
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Final Assessments (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 4)

Final Assessments (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 4)

The picture of evolutionary theory and developmental biology presented by Meyer doesn’t help us understand what scientists working in those areas actually do and what their debates actually are about. Nor does his framing help us understand whether evolutionary and developmental biology needs explicit reference to an observable intelligent cause.
September 09, 2014 
By Robert C. Bishop
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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Meyer’s Inference to Intelligent Design as the Best Explanation (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 3)

Meyer’s Inference to Intelligent Design as the Best Explanation (Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt”: Robert Bishop, Part 3)

Meyer’s inference that intelligent agency is the best explanation for the Cambrian explosion depends crucially on taking natural science and human inquiry to be the same. But this is to ignore important differences between these two forms of inquiry and their subjects of study.
September 08, 2014 
By Robert C. Bishop
Creation & Origins, Design, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Genetics, History of Life, Science & Worldviews 
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At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 5: Contingency and Convergence in the LTEE

At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 5: Contingency and Convergence in the LTEE

How twelve cultures of bacteria give evidence of the power of evolution.
September 04, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Evolution - Evidence, Evolution - How It Works, Randomness 
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Origins News Roundup for September 3, 2014

Origins News Roundup for September 3, 2014

This week's news features volcanoes, skeletons, and stars, as well as a thought-provoking new book from InterVarsity press.
September 03, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Astronomy & Physics, Fossils, Science & Worldviews 
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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
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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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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