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December 2009

An Evangelical View of Science

An Evangelical View of Science

At the recent American Academy of Religion meeting, I was asked to present a scholarly overview of Evangelical theology and science. I assumed the task would be easy. I was wrong.
December 31, 2009 
By Thomas Jay Oord 
Science & Worldviews 
7
 
Science as a Way of Knowing

Science as a Way of Knowing

What is science, and how does it differ from other approaches to obtaining knowledge? To address this question we have asked an expert in origin of life research, Steven Benner, to respond to Signature in the Cell. Fortunately, he had already read the book, so he responded quickly.
December 30, 2009 
 
Science & Worldviews 
78
 
Signature in the Cell: A Letter to Our Readers

Signature in the Cell: A Letter to Our Readers

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer says with near certainty that science has reached a dead end and since there is nothing else left, he says, the only other possibility is that there is a mind behind the code of life. So there is one simple question to be addressed. Is the science at a dead end? Has Dr. Meyer demonstrated this or not?
December 29, 2009 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
52
 
Signature in the Cell

Signature in the Cell

I believe there is a Mind who was before all things and through whom all things are held together (Colossians 1:17)... Hence, I believe in intelligent design. Does that by definition then, place me in the Intelligent Design (ID) movement? No.
December 28, 2009 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
115
 
Intelligent Design and Religion

Intelligent Design and Religion

Many ID advocates vehemently deny that ID is a “religious” idea. They argue that the “designer” need not be “God” or any kind of deity. A significant problem, however, is that “design” and “intelligence” are social constructs rooted deeply in theological and philosophical speculation about ultimate meaning and purposes.
December 24, 2009 
By David Opderbeck 
Design 
27
 
A Deeper Pattern (Video)

A Deeper Pattern (Video)

In this video interview, evolutionary biologist Simon Conway Morris discusses evolutionary convergence, the emergence of identical biological traits through unrelated evolutionary lineages. He gives two examples in the video -- the camera eye and saber toothed cats.
December 23, 2009 
 
History of Life 
2
 
Chance and Reliability

Chance and Reliability

At the heart of evolution is the interplay between “chance” and “necessity”. It takes place “at the edge of chaos,” where order and openness interlace. If things are too orderly, they are too rigid for anything really new to emerge. If they are too haphazard, nothing that emerged could persist.
December 22, 2009 
 
Divine Action & Purpose 
11
 
Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

"Creationism can be hard to dislodge", writes Karl Giberson in his book Saving Darwin. How can one make people cross the bridge and finally see the compatibility between evolution and their religious beliefs?
December 21, 2009 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
15
 
Death’s Resurrection

Death’s Resurrection

Death has occurred since the first breath of biological life (and some would say since the first “breath” of cosmological life), long before Adam inhaled. Ironically, therefore, death must be a part of God’s good creation. Moreover, human death due to sin must be something different than the physical death we all die.
December 18, 2009 
By Daniel Harrell 
Problem of Evil 
15
 
A Bigger Tent

A Bigger Tent

In his BioLogos white paper, Pastor Tim Keller urges us to be open to a variety of answers to questions of science and religion. Christians seeking to correlate Scripture and science must be a “bigger tent” so as to include the multiple ways that one can reconcile scripture with evolutionary theory.
December 17, 2009 
 
Christian Unity, Pastoral Voices 
54
 
Octopuses in a Half Shell

Octopuses in a Half Shell

In the natural world, camouflage can be an invaluable survival tool. Recently, Australian researchers in Indonesia discovered an octopus that has adapted a unique method of camouflage: coconut shells.
December 16, 2009 
 
History of Life 
3
 
Darrel Falk on How We Should Discuss the Question of Evolution

Darrel Falk on How We Should Discuss the Question of Evolution

In a recent interview for the Faraday Institute's "Test of Faith" documentary, Darrel Falk was asked how those who accept BioLogos should share their belief with others. His response emphasizes the "mutual respect" we must have when discussing science and religion with those who share different views.
December 15, 2009 
By Darrel Falk 
Creation & Origins 
3
 
Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

"Forty years ago I began my career as a biologist.... I never expected though that I could be a part of an evangelical community again; the differences between the facts of biology and the views of evangelical Christians seemed too great."
December 14, 2009 
By Darrel Falk 
Lives of Faith, Worship & Arts 
38
 
Crabby Christians or Nebulous Data?

Crabby Christians or Nebulous Data?

Scientists who confront Bible-believing Christians with the physical evidence of theologically-challenging views like old-earth geology or common ancestry are usually incredulous when their well-crafted and well-supported arguments fall on deaf ears. How can something so obvious to one person be so easily dismissed by another?
December 11, 2009 
By Gordon J. Glover 
Earth, Universe & Time 
59
 
Shiny Scales, Silvery Skins, and Evolution

Shiny Scales, Silvery Skins, and Evolution

A recent study by researcher Avital Levy-Lior and her colleagues at the Weizmann Institute of Science and York University have discovered found that both Koi fish and silvery spiders evolved the same camouflage via different structures.
December 10, 2009 
 
History of Life 
3
 
A Stellar Advent Calendar

A Stellar Advent Calendar

Looking for a unique way to mark the days of the Advent season? An Advent calendar from Boston.com brings together science and religion by marking the days with Hubble images.
December 09, 2009 
 
Earth, Universe & Time, Worship & Arts 
1
 
Belief, Guidance, and Evolution

Belief, Guidance, and Evolution

In part one of his interview with Marcio Campos for the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo's Tubo De Ensaio (i.e. "Test tube") section, Karl Giberson discusses whether we can "believe" in evolution and what it means to say God guides evolution.
December 08, 2009 
By Karl Giberson 
Creation & Origins 
6
 
Let’s Come at this From a Different Angle

Let’s Come at this From a Different Angle

BioLogos Senior Fellow Pete Enns looks at how a close reading of the book of Revelation can shed light out how we should interpret the Genesis creation account.
December 04, 2009 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
33
 
The Drama of Life

The Drama of Life

In his article "Darwin, God, and the drama of life", theologian John Haught argues that religious thought can more significantly interact with evolution and the natural world if it views them in terms of a narrative rather than in terms of a design.
December 03, 2009 
 
Science & Worldviews 
1
 
Are Creationism and Intelligent Design Movements?

Are Creationism and Intelligent Design Movements?

Despite the existence of organizations like Answers in Genesis and The Discovery Institute, should creationism or intelligent design be called unified movements?
December 02, 2009 
 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
1
 
Layers of a Bubble

Layers of a Bubble

As I drank my coffee and munched on my toast I felt a little lonely as I adjusted to this new person sitting across from me. She was bitter. The Church, she felt, had lied to her.
December 01, 2009 
 
Biblical Interpretation 
0