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March 2010

What Are We to Make of Adam and Eve?

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.
March 31, 2010 
By Alister McGrath 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
102
 
Paul’s Adam, Part 4

Paul’s Adam, Part 4

Here are three final issues that arise when trying to understand Paul’s use of the Adam story.
March 30, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
61
 
The Proof is in the Pudding, Not the Recipe

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?”
March 29, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Design 
29
 
The Earth is Full of Your Creatures

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.
March 28, 2010 
 
History of Life 
9
 
The Church Must Not Ignore the Evidence

The Church Must Not Ignore the Evidence

In this video conversation, Kathryn Applegate discusses the implications for the church if we ignore scientific developments.
March 27, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Christian Unity 
38
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 3: From Historian of Science to Creationism Fighter

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.
March 26, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
22
 
The Bog on the Mountaintop

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.
March 25, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
History of Life 
69
 
Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?

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.
March 24, 2010 
By Bruce Waltke 
Christian Unity 
150
 
Paul’s Adam, Part 3

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.
March 23, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
26
 
On Seeing Intelligence in Unintelligent Design

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.
March 22, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
259
 
The Light of Faith

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…
March 21, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
11
 
Intelligent Design and Me, Part 2: Confessions of a Doting Thomist

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.
March 20, 2010 
By Francis Beckwith 
Design 
97
 
Intelligent Design and Me, Part 1: In the Beginning

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.
March 19, 2010 
By Francis Beckwith 
Design 
41
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 2: A Christian Childhood

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.
March 18, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
7
 
Understanding Origins and the Ancient Mind

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.
March 17, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
6
 
Paul’s Adam, Part 2

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?
March 16, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
88
 
Does Intelligent Design Really Explain a Complex and Puzzling World?

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.
March 15, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Design 
112
 
The Things of Earth

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.
March 14, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
11
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 1

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.
March 13, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
31
 
On Not Reading the Signature: Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part II

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.
March 11, 2010 
By Stephen C. Meyer 
Design 
10
 
A Rejoinder to Part II of Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala

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.
March 11, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
41
 
A Rejoinder to Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part I.

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.
March 10, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
55
 
The Apostle Paul and Adam

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.
March 10, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
116
 
Paul’s Adam, Part I

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.
March 09, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
144
 
On Not Reading the Signature: Stephen C. Meyer’s Response to Francisco Ayala, Part 1

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.
March 08, 2010 
By Stephen C. Meyer 
Design 
40
 
Clouds

Clouds

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?
March 07, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
15
 
What Does it Mean to Believe in God the Creator?

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.
March 06, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Divine Action & Purpose 
12
 
The Theological Dilemma of Evolution, Part 2

The Theological Dilemma of Evolution, Part 2

What are the theological consequences that would arise from evolution being false or physically impossible?
March 05, 2010 
By Gordon J. Glover 
Creation & Origins 
88
 
The Theological Dilemma of Evolution, Part 1

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.
March 04, 2010 
By Gordon J. Glover 
Christian Unity 
24
 
Why Must the Church Engage in Scientific Discourse?

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.
March 03, 2010 
By Os Guinness 
Christian Unity 
5
 
Adam is Israel

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.
March 02, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
120
 
Mythology in the Making

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.
March 01, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
37