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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.