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January 2010

The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological, Pt 2

The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological, Pt 2

There are so many close similarities between the biblical Flood account and the Mesopotamian accounts that many conservative scholars have concluded that the biblical and Mesopotamian flood accounts go back to a common tradition about the same flood. This means if we can locate the flood from the Mesopotamian accounts, we will have located the biblical flood.
January 31, 2010 
By Paul Seely 
Earth, Universe & Time 
7
 
Understanding Genesis and the Fall

Understanding Genesis and the Fall

In this video clip, Denis Alexander discusses the description of the Fall found in Genesis. Alexander suggests that the picture we might have of the story owes more to the imaginative expansion of the narrative as found in Milton’s Paradise Lost than what is actually present in the biblical text itself.
January 30, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
3
 
On Reading the Signature: A Response to Stephen Meyer

On Reading the Signature: A Response to Stephen Meyer

I do not believe, as Dr. Meyer asserts, that he is unqualified—quite the opposite. He is likely more qualified as a philosopher than I am as a scientist. [However], Dr. Meyer has ventured into my discipline, biology.
January 29, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
89
 
Response to Darrel Falk’s Review of “Signature in the Cell”

Response to Darrel Falk’s Review of “Signature in the Cell”

In late December, Darrel Falk sent a copy of his overview of Signature in the Cell to Stephen C. Meyer, the book's author, and asked for a reply. Today, we are happy to post Dr. Meyer’s unedited response.
January 28, 2010 
By Stephen C. Meyer 
Design 
57
 
Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part 3

Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part 3

I am asked all the time to explain, in a nutshell, why irreducible complexity is not a valid argument in favor of intelligent design. However, I have never heard anyone put it in a more cogent form than Oxford biophysicist Ard Louis in this video.
January 27, 2010 
By Ard Louis 
Design 
31
 
The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological, Pt 1

The Flood: Not Global, Barely Local, Mostly Theological, Pt 1

Before considering the scientific data, we must first determine a rough earliest probable date for the Flood. If the Flood is an actual historical event, it must touch down in the empirical data of history somewhere.
January 26, 2010 
By Paul Seely 
Earth, Universe & Time 
114
 
Scripture vs. the Facts? Working through a Crisis of Understanding

Scripture vs. the Facts? Working through a Crisis of Understanding

I’m a conservative evangelical. When I became a Christian fourteen years ago, I not only embraced profound new spiritual perspectives, but inherited a host of new scientific views: the earth was young, macro-evolution was false, and to affirm the contrary was to discredit the Bible and even the Gospel.
January 24, 2010 
By Stephen Ashley Blake 
Lives of Faith 
6
 
Understanding Genesis 1: Seeing the Majesty and Glory of God in Time

Understanding Genesis 1: Seeing the Majesty and Glory of God in Time

In this brief video, Physicist Ard Louis looks at two important aspects of time to consider when reading Genesis 1: chronology and the idea of “deep time”.
January 23, 2010 
By Ard Louis 
Earth, Universe & Time 
9
 
Transforming How the World Sees Science and Religion

Transforming How the World Sees Science and Religion

In Galileo Goes to Jail, historian of science Ronald Numbers states: “The greatest myth in the history of science and religion holds that they have been in a state of constant conflict.” As the founder and director of The Clergy Letter Project, I’m well aware of the power of both of the points made in Numbers’s book.
January 22, 2010 
By Michael Zimmerman 
Christian Unity 
17
 
Faith with Inquiry

Faith with Inquiry

As author of The Fossil Hunter, I’ve found myself writing and speaking a great deal these days about the reconciliation of science and religion. But somehow I fear I’ve failed to make a connection with my own children as I’ve attempted to get this same message across.
January 21, 2010 
By Shelley Emling 
Education 
10
 
What Do You Mean When You Say “Evolution”?

What Do You Mean When You Say “Evolution”?

In this video clip, Oxford University biophysicist, Ard Louis posits that one of the reasons Christians are hostile to evolution is that they latch onto a particular definition, which puts it in conflict with their theological convictions.
January 20, 2010 
By Ard Louis 
Design 
35
 
Joel Hunter on Evolution, Culture, and Misuse of Power

Joel Hunter on Evolution, Culture, and Misuse of Power

Why are we afraid of the facts of evolution, instead of drawn to the picture God paints with them? Pastors can keep their congregations fired up by indulging a culture suspicious of science, but denying the consensus of science on evolution does not glorify God.
January 19, 2010 
 
Pastoral Voices 
54
 
Believing in God and Evolution

Believing in God and Evolution

I was raised to believe that evolution was a conspiracy to undermine faith in God and had no evidence to support it. Like many young people today, I thought of Darwin in the same negative way that I thought of Hitler—simply evil.
January 18, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Creation & Origins 
36
 
The Doctrine of Creation in Historical Perspective

The Doctrine of Creation in Historical Perspective

Christians have lost their ability to speak the “faith given to the saints.” The problem is that the historic faith has become fragmented.
January 15, 2010 
By John Wesley Wright 
Creation & Origins 
12
 
The Firmament of Genesis 1 is Solid but That’s Not the Point

The Firmament of Genesis 1 is Solid but That’s Not the Point

Genesis 1 and 2 tell the story of creation, and it says things that are at odds with what modern people know to be true of the world and universe around us. One of those issue concerns the second day of creation (Genesis 1:6-8), where God made the "expanse" or the "firmament".
January 14, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
44
 
Adam and Eve, History or Myth?

Adam and Eve, History or Myth?

British author, pastor, and theologian Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright suggests that questions concerning Genesis and the historicity of Adam and Eve get caught up in contemporary cultural issues, and miss the larger story.
January 13, 2010 
By N.T. Wright 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
45
 
Signature in the Cell: A Follow-Up

Signature in the Cell: A Follow-Up

The work Meyer had been discussing that led up to that final dismissive statement about “cranks” on page 322, was that of Gerald Joyce and Jack Szostak. I sent a copy of my overview to all three of them and asked for a response that I would post on this site.
January 12, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
77
 
Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand

Until last week’s Nature publication, we didn’t know there were animals with backbones walking on land that early. This is 18 million years earlier than paleobiologists expected.
January 11, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
History of Life 
93
 
Evolution, Design and History

Evolution, Design and History

But what if somebody wanted to believe instead that the street, the house, the track, the chain-link fence, and the useless driveways were all designed and built just as they are today? In other words, what if these useless driveway-like structures were the result of deliberate planning rather than circumstance?
January 08, 2010 
By Gordon J. Glover 
Design 
99
 
On Reading the Cell’s Signature

On Reading the Cell’s Signature

We sent biologist Francisco Ayala a copy of Stephen C. Meyer’s Signature in the Cell and asked him to respond to our reflections on the book.
January 07, 2010 
By Francisco Ayala 
Design 
147
 
Keeping Things Civil

Keeping Things Civil

We've been amazed by the depth of the discussions that have taken place in the comment sections of our posts. As our blog continues to grow, the need to keep comments civil, open, and balanced, and for commenters to demonstrate good manners is even more important.
January 06, 2010 
 
Christian Unity 
17
 
The Power of Wonder

The Power of Wonder

2009 marked both the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. With these scientific discoveries fresh in our minds – as well as the many new ones made this year – it is little wonder that many have also spent 2009 pondering how science relates to faith.
January 05, 2010 
 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
15
 
Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

There were several interesting developments in 2009. For starters, the New Atheists set much of the agenda, aligning themselves against both creationism and religion in general.
January 04, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
101