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April 2010

The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ Part 3: Jesus as the New Humanity

The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ Part 3: Jesus as the New Humanity

In the Old Testament itself, the story of Adam is told not simply to tell us “what happened.” It tells us who Israel is called to be before God.
April 30, 2010 
By Daniel Kirk 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
73
 
A Breath of Rejuvenating Air

A Breath of Rejuvenating Air

With one exception, none of our churches seemed to highly value the role of the pastor as scholar. Let me clarify: my churches wanted their pastor to be intelligent. They just did not think that further formal study was necessary to achieve that goal.
April 29, 2010 
By Rev. Scott Mapes 
Pastoral Voices 
13
 
Happy Birthday to the BioLogos Community

Happy Birthday to the BioLogos Community

BioLogos is no longer just the vision of a tiny group of people that helped launch the website last year at this time. It has become much broader now.
April 29, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
28
 
St. Augustine: Taking Scripture Literally

St. Augustine: Taking Scripture Literally

The most radical approach––and, by far, the most influential––is found in the writings of St. Augustine.
April 28, 2010 
By Gary Anderson 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
12
 
Fine-Tuning: A Deeper Story?

Fine-Tuning: A Deeper Story?

In this video, five notable scientists (John Polkinghorne, David Wilkinson, Rodney Holder, Peter Williams and Graham Swinerd) offer their perspective on the strengths and limitations of the fine-tuning argument as a pointer to God.
April 28, 2010 
 
Design 
35
 
Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 1

Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 1

For readers today, there are four very good reasons to focus on the differences between the creation stories in Genesis.
April 27, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
71
 
Science - Now and Then

Science - Now and Then

A common argument against evolution as science is that science can study only present-day processes. Claims about what happened in the past are just conjecture, since we were not there and thus cannot confirm that processes of the past were the same as those in the present.
April 26, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
155
 
Our God is an Awesome God

Our God is an Awesome God

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
April 25, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
8
 
A Pastor Reflects on the Scientific Method

A Pastor Reflects on the Scientific Method

In today's video, Daniel Harrell reflects on the rigors of the scientific method, reminding us that what gives scientific discoveries their weight is not the individuals who make them, but the methods of science themselves, which instill in us a level of confidence.
April 24, 2010 
By Daniel Harrell 
Pastoral Voices 
45
 
The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ, Part 2: Jesus as the One Man

The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ, Part 2: Jesus as the One Man

Why can we make this distinction between the historicity of Adam and the theological validity of Jesus as the representative human?
April 22, 2010 
By Daniel Kirk 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
71
 
Happy Earth Day to You

Happy Earth Day to You

As we mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we’d do well to remember that it was successful because of its remarkable grassroots response. We’ve all become aware of the daily choices we encounter where we could all do our part.
April 22, 2010 
By Emily Jarvis 
Morality & Ethics 
4
 
Biblical Creation in its Ancient Near Eastern Context: An Introduction

Biblical Creation in its Ancient Near Eastern Context: An Introduction

It has been my experience that many Christians have not given sufficient thought to how the Old Testament was composed––that is, to the "human" side of the inspiration of Scripture.
April 21, 2010 
By Joseph Lam 
Creation & Origins 
62
 
Facing Reality

Facing Reality

The human fossil record is a wealth of information about our history as a species. To dismiss it entirely because there are gaps is simplistic at best and ignorant at worst.
April 20, 2010 
By James Kidder 
Human Origins 
81
 
Why We Fight About This

Why We Fight About This

Passions run high because evolution seems threatening. Christians feel unsettled because evolution challenges something meaningful and non-negotiable—their scriptural understanding of God, of ultimate reality, of how the parts of their existence fit together and make sense.
April 20, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Christian Unity 
556
 
Signature in the Synteny

Signature in the Synteny

In some ways, comparing the DNA sequence between related organisms is like reading alternative history novels. The hypothesis of common ancestry between similar organisms makes a very straightforward prediction about their genomes...
April 19, 2010 
By Dennis Venema, Darrel Falk 
Genetics 
42
 
Tuning In to God

Tuning In to God

This Sunday, even as we are surrounded by the winds, earthquakes, and fires of our own lives, let us take time to “tune in” to the beauty of God’s creation around us and to thank the Lord for all He has done.
April 18, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 6

Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 6

My form of Accommodationism says that science can only go so far and that after this if religion wants to take over, science as science cannot stop it. You can use other arguments, theological and philosophical, and this I myself would do. But these are not scientific arguments.
April 16, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
42
 
A “Historical” Adam?

A “Historical” Adam?

I’m prepared to accept the basic facts of human evolution. I'm also prepared to consider generously the views of the many fine theologians and scholars concerning a non-"literal" Adam. However, I’m not prepared to suggest that these facts elide any possibility of a “historical” Adam.
April 15, 2010 
By David Opderbeck 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
132
 
The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ, Part 1: Adam as Israel

The Historical Adam and the Saving Christ, Part 1: Adam as Israel

In Romans and 1 Corinthians, in particular, Paul presents Jesus as a “Second Adam.” Does this not, then, imply both that Paul himself thought that Adam was a historical figure?
April 15, 2010 
By Daniel Kirk 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
40
 
Ard Louis on Intelligent Design

Ard Louis on Intelligent Design

In this short video, physicist Ard Louis expresses some doubts about Intelligent Design, noting that his primary resistance to the movement is based on theological grounds rather than science.
April 14, 2010 
By Ard Louis 
Design 
39
 
Compromised Christians?

Compromised Christians?

Ken Ham suggested that BioLogos’ founder, its personnel and its supporters are among a large number of “compromised” Christians—who are compromised because they interpret Genesis differently than Mr. Ham... I certainly learned a lot of new things. But probably most of all, I was sad.
April 13, 2010 
By Douglas Swartzendruber 
Christian Unity 
135
 
Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

BioLogos enthusiastically endorses the idea that the universe is intelligently designed and we certainly believe that the creator of the universe is intelligent. I want to acknowledge the real similarities between fine-tuning arguments and arguments made by ID.
April 12, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Design 
43
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 5: Science and Spirituality

Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 5: Science and Spirituality

I come to my new book, the third volume of the trilogy on science and religion: Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science.
April 09, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
125
 
On the Courage of Bruce Waltke

On the Courage of Bruce Waltke

Given this state of affairs, academics who work in evangelical institutions put their careers on the line if they accept the scientific data that God created through natural selection. When the church as a whole thinks so differently about something so important, it takes courage to present a view that challenges the status quo.
April 08, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
77
 
Getting Back to Basics

Getting Back to Basics

In today's video Conversation, Dr. Greg Boyd discusses the basic truths that provide the framework for Christian belief and distinguishes them from the potentially divisive issues that do not compromise what he refers to as the "non-negotiable" truths.
April 07, 2010 
By Greg Boyd 
Pastoral Voices 
31
 
Creating Adam

Creating Adam

Understanding the Adam story in Genesis and Paul’s use of the Adam story in Romans and 1 Corinthians is important and challenging. An informed discussion engages topics such as Old Testament views of creation and challenges in understanding Paul.
April 06, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
180
 
Joint Statement by Darrel Falk and Bruce Waltke

Joint Statement by Darrel Falk and Bruce Waltke

We are both professors. The controversy over the recent posting of a video by Bruce largely relates to difference in teaching styles, probably significantly affected by differences in our disciplines.
April 05, 2010 
By Darrel Falk, Bruce Waltke 
Christian Unity 
33
 
Does Genetics Point to a Single Primal Couple?

Does Genetics Point to a Single Primal Couple?

Is the human race descended from one ancestral pair in the recent past? Are we, as C.S. Lewis puts it in his Chronicles of Narnia, the “sons of Adam and daughters of Eve”?
April 05, 2010 
By Dennis Venema, Darrel Falk 
Human Origins 
195
 
Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

American composer Eric Whitacre explains how he created this piece: “I made my own conductor track, filming it in complete silence, hearing the music only in my head. Then I watched the video and played in the piano accompaniment part to my conductor track. Then I offered the sheet music as a free download.”
April 04, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
Pete Enns on “Evangelicals, Evolution, and the Bible: Moving toward a Synthesis”

Pete Enns on “Evangelicals, Evolution, and the Bible: Moving toward a Synthesis”

BioLogos Senior Fellow Pete Enns has explored various interpretive challenges related to the Creation accounts in Genesis and New Testament passages related to Adam. Today we want to highlight a new essay by Enns.
April 03, 2010 
 
Biblical Interpretation 
31
 
Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?: An Update

Why Must the Church Come to Accept Evolution?: An Update

On Monday, March 29, Dr. Waltke informed us that the administration of RTS had asked him to request that the video be taken down. Dr. Waltke himself indicated that he still agreed with the content of the video. However, given the brevity of the video, Dr. Waltke is concerned that his views might not be correctly understood.
April 02, 2010 
 
Christian Unity 
142
 
Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 4: Science and Religion

Accommodationist and Proud of It, Part 4: Science and Religion

After a decade of relative quiet following the Creationist debacle in Arkansas, the coming of the Intelligent Design movement in the 1990s had started again to bring the pot to the boil.
April 01, 2010 
By Michael Ruse 
Science & Worldviews 
48