What Are We to Make of Adam and Eve?
There are those who would say that Adam and Eve designate specific historical figures. That makes some sense, acknowledges theologian Alister McGrath, but it makes even more sense to say that Adam and Eve are figures that encapsulate the human race as a whole.
Paul’s Adam, Part 4
Here are three final issues that arise when trying to understand Paul’s use of the Adam story.
The Proof is in the Pudding, Not the Recipe
Recently a biology teacher inquired of Casey Luskin at the Discovery Institute how science works in the Intelligent Design paradigm. How, the teacher asked, does one “test intelligent design using the scientific method?”
The Earth is Full of Your Creatures
Even in the depths of the ocean, the beauty of God's creation shines through. The seas teem with countless amazing and wonderful creatures, from silvery schools of fish that dart through the waters, to mysterious jellyfish which float silently through the deep.
The Church Must Not Ignore the Evidence
In this video conversation, Kathryn Applegate discusses the implications for the church if we ignore scientific developments.
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 3: From Historian of Science to Creationism Fighter
My personality, honed by a decade of heavy teaching loads facing many, many undergraduates, made me a natural for the stage, realizing that in these circumstances a good joke will get you much further than a long serious argument.
The Bog on the Mountaintop
In many ways, I think the Evangelical community’s approach to science is like a bog on a mountaintop. For the most part, Christian theology is solid and trustworthy, but there are weak spots in our understanding, and how many believers relate to evolutionary science is one of them.
Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?
In this video conversation, renowned Old Testament scholar, Biblical translator and expositor Bruce Waltke discusses the danger the Church will face if it does not engage with the world around it, in particular with the issue of evolution, which many evangelicals still reject.
Paul’s Adam, Part 3
Thinking through questions like these takes some patience, a fair amount of knowledge, and even more wisdom. At the end of the day, wrestling through these issues will yield a greater understanding of Paul and how his Gospel is summed up in the risen Messiah.
On Seeing Intelligence in Unintelligent Design
We do not pretend that showing faith and science can exist in harmony will be easy. It has taken a long time to get to our current state of disharmony.
The Light of Faith
These words help us understand why faith in God is so important to seeing and understanding the world, and our place within it…
Intelligent Design and Me, Part 2: Confessions of a Doting Thomist
It was around mid-2005 that I started to understand why I could never defend the Behe/Dembski arguments. This is when I began to play down these arguments and put a greater stress on anti-naturalism in the way I defined ID.
Intelligent Design and Me, Part 1: In the Beginning
When the ID movement first burst on the scene in the mid-1990s, it lacked the amateurishness of the creation-science movement while at the same time making its main goal to unseat philosophical naturalism. As a philosopher who had critiqued one sort of naturalist project in his doctoral dissertation, ID intrigued me.
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 2: A Christian Childhood
Childhood Christianity just faded away in my early twenties. There wasn’t any kind of Road to Damascus experience in reverse, nor was it a direct function of taking up philosophy. The feelings and beliefs just went. They have never returned.
Understanding Origins and the Ancient Mind
In this video conversation, Pete Enns sheds light on the key difference between the ancient and modern mind with regard to interpretation of texts. A literal understanding of Genesis from an ancient mindframe would not necessarily be the same as what we now think of as a literal reading.
Paul’s Adam, Part 2
Can Paul have a clearer view on the true depth of our alienation from God that is not yet present in the Old Testament? Does Paul’s use of the Adam story actually depend on him not reading it literally?
Does Intelligent Design Really Explain a Complex and Puzzling World?
If we say that an intelligent agent has produced certain strings of DNA, are we more or less puzzled by the problem of DNA when we are all done? Frankly, this “explanation” generates a set of questions even more troubling than our original query about how information-rich strings of DNA came to be.
The Things of Earth
As Philip Yancey notes in his editorial "A Whole Good World Outside," the hymn gets one things wrong: faith in Christ should illuminate, not diminish, the beautiful world around us.
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 1
I have been called many things in my time, but I truly believe that “clueless gobshite” is a first. In a way, I am almost proud of this. After all, if you are in your seventieth year and someone feels so strongly about your ideas that they refer to you in this way, then you must be doing something right.
On Not Reading the Signature: Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part II
It’s hard to see how Ayala’s attempt to defend biological evolution and refute the particular hypothesis that intelligent design played a discernable role in the origin of the human genome in any way challenges the argument of Signature in the Cell.
A Rejoinder to Part II of Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala
Meyer spends considerable time disputing what he calls “Ayala’s claim” that Alu sequences are distributed randomly. I’ve reread Ayala’s post several times trying to find what makes Meyer think Ayala claimed this. Put simply, he doesn’t say it nor does he imply it.
A Rejoinder to Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part I.
Meyer and Ayala have very different views about what science has to say about the origin of genetic information. The Intelligent Design movement, as Ayala sees it, is deeply flawed at both the theological and scientific level.
The Apostle Paul and Adam
In this video conversation, Old Testament scholar Peter Enns discusses the Apostle Paul and his understanding of Adam as the progenitor of the human race.
Paul’s Adam, Part I
In my experience, a lot of Christians have come to some peace with all of this. They may handle it in different ways, and some may not have arrived at a conclusion, but they at least recognize that something has to be done.
On Not Reading the Signature: Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part 1
At the end of last year, Darrel Falk posted his reflections on Stephen Meyer's book. Francisco Ayala was asked to respond to the concerns Falk had raised. Meyer was offered an opportunity to respond to Falk's reflections as well. He accepted, and expressed a desire to respond to Ayala also.
Science can tell us how flowers bloom and how the sun rises and sets each day. Does such knowledge mean we cannot look upon these natural wonders and experience the same awe of our Creator, as described in the verses above?
What Does it Mean to Believe in God the Creator?
In this video conversation, Karl Giberson notes that have to be careful about projecting our idea about human creation onto God because the notion of a human creator is an entirely different concept.
The Theological Dilemma of Evolution, Part 2
What are the theological consequences that would arise from evolution being false or physically impossible?
The Theological Dilemma of Evolution, Part 1
The psychology of why people believe what they do is complex, but in the case of believers who choose to accept or reject the theory of evolution, one’s Christian community plays a large role in that decision.
Why Must the Church Engage in Scientific Discourse?
In this video conversation, Os Guinness addresses the question of why it is essential for Christians to engage in scientific discourse. Resistance, skepticism, and hostility to science are not biblical precepts, but views that originated from Christian movements that emerged in the 19th century.
Adam is Israel
It helps us look at the Adam story from an angle that might be new to some readers here: Adam is the beginning of Israel, not humanity. I imagine this may require some explanation.
Mythology in the Making
Unfortunately, the mythology about Darwin and the implications of evolution creates confusion, and muddled commentators continue to perpetuate misunderstandings from the past.