Biologos.org Introduces Collection of Leading Figures
The BioLogos position sits between two extremes: those who insist modern science is the only source of truth and knowledge, and those who insist on an ultraliteral reading of the Bible as the only source of truth and knowledge.
When we read Genesis 1.1: "in the beginning God created the heavens and earth" we picture the origin of the atmosphere, space, solar systems, and galaxies. But in Genesis 1 "earth" does not mean the planet Earth.
The Gift of Thought
According to a traditional Jewish tale, God once said to Abraham, "But for me, you would not be here." "I know that, Lord," he responded, "but were I not here, there would be no one to think about you."
Newly Discovered Genetic Link Sheds Light on Evolution of the Four Chamber Heart
Scientists are one step closer to understanding this important evolutionary step thanks to the recent research of a team at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.
Making Sense of the Natural World
As we have often stated throughout both our website and this blog, the mission of the BioLogos Foundation is to promote the harmony of faith and modern science, such as the theory of evolution.
Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part 2
Michael Behe chose the mouse trap as his everyday example of a household gadget that was irreducibly complex. The structure of each part only makes sense in the context of how it functions with each of the others.
Reconciling Science With Scripture
In the ancient world people were inclined to be much more interested in issues like order, functions, roles and general operations than in the material stuff of the physical world. Because of this, even their thinking about creation is more focused on the functional rather than the material.
Of Mice and Men
As we continue to study genomes, we find striking similarities between our human genome and those of other organisms. These similarities can lead to one of two conclusions: either humans share a common ancestor with other living things, or the same design was used in the special creation of these different organisms.
Courage to Seek
"Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt." --Paul Tillich, "Saturday Evening Post"
Who Cares About Darwin?
There is an odd rearguard action to undermine evolution taking place that I don't quite understand.
Reading Nature and Reading Scripture
I recently led a seminar on faith and science at a large Christian music festival in rural Illinois. One pugilistic gentleman bulldogged me all week, insisting that geologists and biologists were misguided and mistaken. "If evolution is right," he said, "then the Bible is wrong―about everything."
In the early chapters of Genesis, we meet Adam and Eve, the original man and woman formed from the dust of the Earth, brought to life by the breath of God, and placed in a beautiful garden with a mysterious tree whose fruit gives knowledge.
The Message-Incident Principle
As I argued in a previous contribution, the Bible presents a 3-tiered universe. One of the most important passages in the New Testament is the Kenotic Hymn, and it employs this view of the structure of the cosmos.
Some time ago, I spoke with a theologian who has accepted the findings of the physical sciences--the earth is 4.5 billion years old--but not the biological sciences. Macro-evolution, he believes, is an illusion.
Physics and the Body of Christ
John Polkinghorne, the world-famous physicist, got to church early on a recent Sunday. It had been nearly twenty-five years since he had preached in this church and celebrated the Eucharist with its members.
"If faith has meaning, it can't be off in one part of you. It has to be integrated. I think my faith adds to the experience of being a scientist in the way that discovering something has more meaning, sort of glimpsing the mind of God."
Creatures Great and Small
Among the distinguishing features of living creatures, size is certainly one of the most noticeable. Life on earth encompasses everything from microscopic one-celled bacteria to the gargantuan blue whale, the largest animal to have ever lived, at a size of up to 30 meters and a weight of 120 tons.
A Culture War
The discussion surrounding evolution is often marked by the loud voices of opposing sides. To some, evolution represents a challenge to morality and religion that must be fought head on.