The label "accommodationist" is being applied as if it were a warning from the FDA that these ideas are not fit for human consumption. But accommodationism, like "decent swordfish," should not be sneered at.
An Obituary for the “Warfare” View of Science and Religion
As an historian of science, I belong to a small, somewhat esoteric club. But our collective anonymity may now be changing with the publication of a splendid new book from Harvard University Press, Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion.
The Flagellum Unspun
In his book No Free Lunch, William Dembski makes the case for intelligent design by arguing that the bacterial flagellum, thanks to its apparent irreducible and specified complexity, could never have been produced through evolution.
This new knowledge of the galaxies is exhilirating and terrifying, beautiful and dreadful... The Hubble Deep Field photo opens us to a cosmos of capacious grandeur -- a universe of 50 billion galaxies blowing like snowflakes in a cosmic storm...
"Do you believe in evolution?" It's a common question, asked in countless schools, churches, debates, and surveys. However, it's also a question based on some incorrect assumptions about both science and faith.
Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part 1
It wasn't just Behe and Denton. The time was ripe for a new approach to demonstrate the scientific credibility of creation for the millions who believed in a creator.
The Ancient Science in the Bible
I am both an evangelical (born-again Christian) theologian and an evolutionary biologist. Stated another way, I love Jesus and I accept evolution.
Creator and Father
When looking at the almost machine-like complexity of life, the idea of God as a master craftsman seems fitting. What better way to describe God's role in creation than an "intelligent designer"?
Two Complementary Accounts
The creation accounts of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 seem to tell completely different stories.
Darwin’s Search Engine
Is evolution predictable? Many would argue that it is not. Indeed, some cite the apparent randomness of evolution as proof that life as we know it is nothing more than a complete fluke.
Christian Faith and World Class Science
Watching the discussion surrounding Francis Collins's National Institutes of Health (NIH) appointment has been enlightening in so many ways. Especially interesting are the arguments by critics such as Sam Harris that someone with faith in God cannot be a good scientist.
One Step at a Time
The diagram above shows the complex process of the human blood-clotting cascade, which requires the interaction of at least a dozen different proteins to properly work. The system is so complex that intelligent design proponents argue that it cannot be explained simply by natural selection.
A common criticism of evolutionary theory is the apparent lack of transitional fossils throughout the fossil record. If evolution were true, argue opponents, why do we not find more fossils that "link" different species together? Isn't evolution a dubious theory until we find more of these "missing links"?
Even Our Vestigial Organs Can Play An Important Part
A new study has found that the spleen, often regarded as a useless organ, in fact serves an integral part in our body's immune system.
The Problem With Two Little Words
In 1995, the National Association of Biology Teachers published its "Statement on Teaching Evolution." The goal of the statement was to help address the controvery surrounding evolutionary theory in high school classrooms.
The Necessity of Faith
Some Christians apparently believe that faith is a bad word. At least it seems this way when they ridicule science because it is based on probabilities and celebrate the "absolute" truth of their religious convictions, happy that none of those beliefs are simply based on faith.
Astronomy and Accomodation
But the discoveries that come streaming in from our telescopes are inspiring thoughtful people not to subsume science to faith or faith to science, but to seek an accomodation between the two. It is this quest that is winning adherents as the millenium begins.