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October 2009

In Defense of Dover

In Defense of Dover

On December, 2005, Judge John E. Jones, III (left) issued his opinion in the now-infamous Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District intelligent design case. Like many thoughtful evangelical Christians at the time, I was impressed with intelligent design theory.
October 30, 2009 
By David Opderbeck 
Design 
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A Library

A Library

"The Bible is not a book but a library, with various types of writing in it."
October 29, 2009 
 
Biblical Interpretation 
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Paley and Kingsley

Paley and Kingsley

In an 1871 lecture "The Natural Theology of the Future", English theologian Charles Kingsley discussed how evolution did not bring about an end to natural theology.
October 28, 2009 
 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Finding Harmony

Finding Harmony

Many evangelicals do not seriously deal with evolution until their post-secondary education. For some, coming face to face with the evidence for evolution can be a threatening and faith-shaking experience. For others, finding harmony between faith and evolution is natural and affirming.
October 27, 2009 
 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Chopping Logic

Chopping Logic

Two curiously related things happened to me last month. The first was a request from the college bookstore for my book orders for the Logic course I will be offering this spring. The second was an "Open Letter to Karl Giberson" posted on an anti-evolution site accusing me of not understanding elementary Logic!
October 26, 2009 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
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Darwin, Laplace, and “God of the Gaps” Reasoning

Darwin, Laplace, and “God of the Gaps” Reasoning

Darwin's theory is not a challenge to the existence of God. Rather, it is a challenge to the use of "god of the gaps" reasoning which in the past had been applied over-eagerly as a proof for God's existence.
October 21, 2009 
 
Science & Worldviews 
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Evolution in an Erlenmeyer Flask

Evolution in an Erlenmeyer Flask

Twenty-one years and 40,000 generations later, an experiment looking at the evolution of a population of single-celled E. coli bacteria has finally reached its conclusion.
October 20, 2009 
 
Genetics 
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Nature’s God-Talk

Nature’s God-Talk

For those of us who study the sacred depths of nature, no truer words have ever been spoken than the marvelous words in Psalm 19.
October 19, 2009 
 
Worship & Arts 
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Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground

Exiting the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History last weekend, I found myself caught in a science-religion crossfire. On the steps of the museum stood an increasingly vocal crowd chanting Darwin's name over and over...
October 16, 2009 
By Shelley Emling 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Astronomy and the Vatican

Astronomy and the Vatican

When many people hear the words "astronomy" and "the Vatican", they are reminded of the infamous trial of Galileo, who was forced to recant his championing of the Copernican model and the belief that the earth revolved around the sun.
October 14, 2009 
 
Earth, Universe & Time 
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Removing the Center

Removing the Center

Many evangelical books on science and creation insist that there are major flaws in the idea that life appeared gradually over time. Rather than highlighting minor issues with the theory, they insist that evolution is a corrupt and inherently wrong theory that must be discarded.
October 13, 2009 
 
History of Life 
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A House of Sand and Fog

A House of Sand and Fog

The message of the creation museum is clear--too clear in fact. None of the ambiguities that make science, biblical studies, history or theology so interesting are present. There simply aren't any real questions in this slick packaging of all-that-matters.
October 12, 2009 
By Karl Giberson 
Creation & Origins 
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An Active Creator and a Cooperative Creation

An Active Creator and a Cooperative Creation

"The picture I want of God's relationship with the world is one of continuing interaction, not occasional intervention; poking with the divine finger when things go wrong."
October 08, 2009 
 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Helping the Teachers

Helping the Teachers

Thankfully, there are resources already available for parents and teachers who are interested in showing their children that science and faith need not be at odds.
October 07, 2009 
 
Education 
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God’s Sovereignty and Nature’s Freedom

God’s Sovereignty and Nature’s Freedom

As Darrel Falk pointed out recently, "irreducibly complex" switches drive the proliferation of bacteria and viruses which kill millions of people each year. Christians must wrestle with a difficult question: is God responsible for designing these killing machines?
October 06, 2009 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Problem of Evil 
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Protecting our Children

Protecting our Children

Recently BioLogos received the following comment: "I am a Christian and have come to believe in evolution. However, I struggle with how to teach my children to approach science and the Bible in a way that doesn't retard them intellectually or destroy their faith in the accuracy of the Bible..."
October 05, 2009 
By Darrel Falk 
Education 
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Intelligent Design vs. Alien Intervention

Intelligent Design vs. Alien Intervention

On the surface, Intelligent Design seems to be a perfectly reasonable approach to studying complexity. In our everyday experience, there is certainly nothing controversial about attributing the purposeful arrangement of components to an intelligent agent.
October 02, 2009 
By Gordon J. Glover 
Design 
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The Deep Aesthetic of Nature

The Deep Aesthetic of Nature

We have all experienced, in one form or another, the beauty and awe of the natural world around us. Yet, is there a reason for our love of nature?
October 01, 2009 
 
Science & Worldviews 
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Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster

Why I Think the New Atheists are a Bloody Disaster

Let me say that I believe the new atheists do science a grave disservice. I will defend to the death the right of them to say what they do, but I think first that these people do a disservice to scholarship.
August 14, 2009 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
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