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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.

Who’s Afraid of Science?

Who’s Afraid of Science?

Learning about science has taught me humility about my Bible reading and it has pushed me to think again, to read again, to ask again, and to wonder all over again what the Bible was saying when it was written and how the Bible was heard to its original hearers (so far as the evidence permits us to know such things).
July 24, 2014 
By Scot McKnight 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project
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Doubting Thomas (Aquinas)

Doubting Thomas (Aquinas)

Once we have placed God in the causal chain, there is no escape from the inevitable question: what caused God?
June 26, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Biblical Interpretation, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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Origins News Roundup for June 25, 2014

Origins News Roundup for June 25, 2014

This week in origins news: twists and turns in the evidence for cosmic inflation, a very clever computer, and more resources on the compatibility of science and faith.
June 25, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Brain, Mind & Soul, Creation & Origins, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Defending the Truth or Building a Stumbling Block?

Defending the Truth or Building a Stumbling Block?

While my work was not directly focused on evolution, the topic was everywhere around me, just as creationism was part of the culture of the South where I grew up. Confronted almost daily by my ignorance of the science of evolution, I decided to embark on a study. I was confident that if Christianity were true, it could withstand even the toughest questions.
June 24, 2014 
By Kathryn Applegate
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
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The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 2

The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 2

The amount of effort that has been placed on European palaeoanthropology in the last 200 years has resulted in a wealth of hominin material relating to the appearance of modern humans that is unparalleled in the rest of the Old World, so much so that it would be impossible to describe even half of the most important finds in this review.
June 23, 2014 
By James Kidder
History of Life, Human Origins 
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Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 1: Frontier Science, Abiogenesis and Christian Apologetics

Evolution Basics: At the Frontiers of Evolution, Part 1: Frontier Science, Abiogenesis and Christian Apologetics

It is not a surprise that a scientific theory will address areas that are poorly understood: indeed, it is expected that theories, as they expand, will naturally have a frontier where the science is far from settled.
June 19, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Creation & Origins, Genetics, History of Life, Science as Christian Calling 
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Christ, Trinity, and Creation, Part 2

Christ, Trinity, and Creation, Part 2

Christ is the reason the natural sciences work: he is the source of the laws of nature, and he contains and underpins the natural sciences. Christ is the pattern for all created things, while the Spirit – his presence in the created world – breathes the divine fire into the equations.
June 18, 2014 
By Mark Harris
Christ & New Creation, Creation & Origins 
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Christ, Trinity, and Creation, Part 1

Christ, Trinity, and Creation, Part 1

The biblical texts of creation’s praise speak of the whole of creation as imbued with the presence of the Holy Spirit; they give non-human reality a gifted theological significance of its own (a grace) which it can’t have in deism. Realization of this point has led many working in the science-religion field to identify the immanent work of the Spirit with evolutionary sciences, with emergence, complexity, novelty, and chance in nature.
June 17, 2014 
By Mark Harris
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins 
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The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 1

The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 1

But where, exactly, did we come from? Is there evidence for the earliest modern humans in the Holy Land? Is there a sharp break between those that came before, and us? Was there a time when there were only two humans on the planet?
June 16, 2014 
By James Kidder
History of Life, Human Origins 
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What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution

What Americans Think and Feel about Evolution

The new Gallup survey shows in broad strokes the challenge we face. But more nuanced surveys find that only 8% of Americans are convinced creationists whose beliefs are dear to them, and only 4% are convinced atheistic evolutionists whose beliefs are dear to them. The vast majority of Americans are not sure of their position and are open to a conversation.
June 13, 2014 
By Deborah Haarsma
BioLogos, Human Origins, Young Earth Creationism 
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Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos?

Peters Against the Process Theologians: Did God Really Create the Cosmos?

Why are we so quick to give up the idea of an initial origin? Or, to put it more precisely, why does a temporal beginning seem to be so expendable when explicating our theological concept of creation out of nothing?
June 12, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Biblical Interpretation, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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From Cosmos to Psyche: The 2014 ASA/CSCA/CiS Annual Meeting

From Cosmos to Psyche: The 2014 ASA/CSCA/CiS Annual Meeting

We are interactive human beings with a capability and a need to connect with others. Those connections can be through electronic or written means but nothing can replace the need for direct personal engagement. Our annual meetings continue to provide that interaction in an environment of open discussion and often vigorous debates.
June 11, 2014 
By Randy Isaac
Brain, Mind & Soul, Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
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The Creator’s Canvas: How should Christian science teachers approach controversial issues?

The Creator’s Canvas: How should Christian science teachers approach controversial issues?

Most Christian students have a lot of questions about evolution and the other controversies, but are afraid to ask them for fear of the adults gasping in horror. The right way for a Christian teacher to proceed is to accommodate questions, foster inquiry, and encourage students to think and engage with the issues.
June 10, 2014 
By Jeffrey Mays
Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Education, Science as Christian Calling 
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Creation for Kids

Creation for Kids

Children’s books are more than stories. They can become familiar narratives children listen to over and over. So it’s worth asking - Are the books we’re reading doing a good job of portraying God and His Creation?
June 09, 2014 
By Chris Stump
Creation & Origins, Divine Action & Purpose, Education, Worship & Arts 
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Evolution basics: Becoming human, Part 3: Paleogenomics and the tangled web of human speciation

Evolution basics: Becoming human, Part 3: Paleogenomics and the tangled web of human speciation

Amazingly as it sounds, in the proper conditions DNA can persist inside bones and teeth for tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of years. Given our interest in human evolution, DNA sequencing of Neanderthals was one of the first uses for this new technology – and for the first time we could test the hypothesis of interbreeding with genetic evidence.
June 05, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
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Religion, Science, and Society

Religion, Science, and Society

Conflicts occur when people argue one worldview against another. They may be arguing Atheism versus Monotheism, then pull out science as a weapon saying, "science proves I'm right because of this or that..." In my view, science is rather more limited than this. Science has a lot of interesting resonances with the big questions, and can inform them, but I don’t believe it can answer them.
June 04, 2014 
Featuring Deborah Haarsma, Alister McGrath
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
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