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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.

The Boxer and the Biologist

The Boxer and the Biologist

When the boxer and the biologist collided that November evening, they both had a substantial following, and they presented a sharp contrast to the audience: a pugilistic, self-educated fundamentalist evangelist against a suave, sophisticated science writer. When it comes right down to it, not all that different from Ken Ham versus Bill Nye, except that Ham has a couple of earned degrees where Rimmer had none.
July 31, 2014 
By Ted Davis 
Biblical Authority, Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Creation & Origins, Education

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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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Creation Unfolding: Reading Genesis in a Historical Setting

Creation Unfolding: Reading Genesis in a Historical Setting

For my part, the historical setting of the text plays an important role in how I read. It’s not a problem in my view to see the authors of Genesis embedded in their times, writing in the scientific/mythological terms they knew, even if those terms are now obsolete.
June 03, 2014 
By Mark Harris
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins 
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Zoom In, Slow Down: “Replaying” Evolution and the Fall

Zoom In, Slow Down: “Replaying” Evolution and the Fall

Zoom in; slow down. These are relevant principles for the conversation between Christian faith and evolution, too, particularly around thorny issues related to human origins and the Fall.
June 02, 2014 
By James K.A. Smith
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Christian Unity, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

We must ask: does creatio ex nihilo help make the Gospel intelligible today? It is my own position that it does. However, not everyone agrees.
May 29, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Creation & Origins, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Origins News Round-Up for May 28, 2014

Origins News Round-Up for May 28, 2014

This weeks in Origins news: studies of a skeleton uncovered in 2007 provide clues about rapid human evolution in the Americas, our climate and Christian stewardship, a few BioLogos folks give interviews, and some cool links to miscellaneous finds.
May 28, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Brain, Mind & Soul, Genetics, Human Origins, Morality & Ethics 
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Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies

Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies

When read in this way, the Genesis stories may be seen as one of the greatest-ever revolutions in human understanding. Genesis used the literary forms of the day to introduce its readers to a rational God who cares for people – and whose faithfulness made science possible. Genesis is expressly about theology, not science.
May 27, 2014 
By Graeme Finlay
Biblical Interpretation, Genetics, History of Life 
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Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 2: Language Evolution and Lines on a Gradient

Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 2: Language Evolution and Lines on a Gradient

Language evolution is in fact one of the better analogies for biological evolution, in that it forces one to think of change in the context of a population over time. Just as a language has a population of speakers, so too a species has a population of genomes.
May 22, 2014 
By Dennis Venema
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
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Video repost: Chris Tilling on Biblical Genre and Relational Truths

Video repost: Chris Tilling on Biblical Genre and Relational Truths

“There are clues in a text as to how the text should be written, so with Genesis, the rhythmic nature of Genesis 1 and 2, the almost poetic, and hymnic, function that it would have played in the liturgy of the earliest Jewish lives… it seems to me that there are clues here that it should be read in a theological way.”
May 21, 2014 
By Chris Tilling
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins 
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Interview with Ronald Osborn

Interview with Ronald Osborn

We must press beyond the various creation narratives in the Hebrew Bible, including the final chapters of Job, to the picture of God revealed in the New Testament—the Creator who does not rationally explain away the scandal of suffering but who instead enters into it.
May 20, 2014 
By Jim Stump
Featuring Ronald E. Osborn
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Morality & Ethics, Problem of Evil 
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A Review of “Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering” by Ronald E. Osborn

A Review of “Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering” by Ronald E. Osborn

The confident assertion that the Bible trumps science stems from a misunderstanding of the purpose of the scriptures, and a misapplication of the Bible to answer questions that can only be answered by the application of science.
May 19, 2014 
By Craig M. Story
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Science as Christian Calling 
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It All Started with a Bang

It All Started with a Bang

What we can say is this: the universe as we know it has not always existed in the past. It has come to be. Discussions of creatio ex nihilo make sense.
May 15, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
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Origins News Roundup for May 14, 2014

Origins News Roundup for May 14, 2014

This week in our Origins News Roundup: News of new nucleobases, the future of synthetic biology, and some healthy dialogue and critique of certain aspects of modern science.
May 14, 2014 
By Emily Ruppel
Genetics, Morality & Ethics, Science as Christian Calling 
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