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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.

Saturday Science Links: October 25, 2014

Saturday Science Links: October 25, 2014

In science news this week, read about magical nose cells, 45,000 year old thigh bones, and the weirdest looking dinosaur ever.
October 25, 2014 
 
Astronomy & Physics, Genetics, Human Origins

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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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What Do the Arts Have to Do with Evangelism?

What Do the Arts Have to Do with Evangelism?

The purpose of Jesus’s art was to give verbal, visual, and dramatic forms to those complicated and confounding relationships, symmetries, and harmonies between himself, the father and spirit, and between the triune God and the world… Such creative expressions did not and do not make everything clear, but rather resist simple clarity, forcing their hearers to come at the whole complicated truth from a position of intellectual and spiritual humility.
August 05, 2014 
Featuring Mark Sprinkle
Christian Unity, Education, Worship & Arts 
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Is that all?: Reflecting on a Christian Reading of Genesis

Is that all?: Reflecting on a Christian Reading of Genesis

It is important to know what we should not expect from the Bible. But my fear is that we leave it at that and neglect the role that the Bible plays in the lives of Christians here and now.
August 04, 2014 
By Craig D. Allert
Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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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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So, Do You Believe in Evolution?

So, Do You Believe in Evolution?

While I have known of many people who have been driven away from the Church by controversies related to evolution, I do not personally know of anyone who has embraced Christianity primarily because they were persuaded to reject evolution. While evolutionary theory can be used to support an atheistic explanation for how the world came to be, it does not require that perspective.
July 30, 2014 
By Rodney J. Scott
Biblical Interpretation, Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Science & Worldviews 
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New Creation: The Hermeneutic of Love

New Creation: The Hermeneutic of Love

For Augustine, the literal sense of scripture is not a scientific narrative of physical reality, but a liturgical and poetic narrative of God’s awesome power at the dawn of history. This is a vital thread in the story of how to read Genesis.
July 29, 2014 
By Paul Allen
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Creation & Origins, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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Breaking Down False Dichotomies in Dayton

Breaking Down False Dichotomies in Dayton

The great irony lies here: these partisans are actually leading good-hearted people to reject their faith, precisely because these partisans have convinced these good-hearted people that they must accept a false dichotomy.
July 28, 2014 
By Lee C. Camp
Biblical Interpretation, Christian Unity, Education, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
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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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Origins News Roundup for July 23, 2014

Origins News Roundup for July 23, 2014

This week in origins news, a great collection of articles by key players in the conversation about theology and science, a surprising science fair discovery, and the Apollo 11 anniversary!
July 23, 2014 
By Hannah Birky
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Science as Christian Calling 
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