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.
"The Bible is not a book but a library, with various types of writing in it."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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..."
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.
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?
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.