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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.

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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 27, 2014 
By Ted Davis
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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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