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May 2010

Evidences for Evolution, Part 1: An Ancient Earth

Evidences for Evolution, Part 1: An Ancient Earth

The only conclusions in science which are widely accepted are those which are supported by multiple, reinforcing lines of evidence – “all roads must lead to Rome”. If there is even one scientific trajectory that seems to clearly lead off to Peoria instead of Rome, the scientific process demands that the scientist find out why.
May 31, 2010 
By David Kerk, Darrel Falk 
History of Life 
370
 
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come Thou Fount of every blessing / Tune my heart to sing Thy grace / Streams of mercy, never ceasing / Call for songs of loudest praise / Teach me some melodious sonnet, / Sung by flaming tongues above. / Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it, / Mount of God's unchanging love.
May 30, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
3
 
Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 2

Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 2

Few evangelical leaders in the United States, when pressed, would insist that rejecting evolutionary science or climate science is part of the cost of discipleship—especially when leading a person of blue sensibility to faith in Jesus. It’s just that they don’t get the chance to do this very often.
May 29, 2010 
By Ken Wilson 
Pastoral Voices 
35
 
Francisco Ayala Responds to “Signature of Controversy”

Francisco Ayala Responds to “Signature of Controversy”

It is almost one year since Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer was released. The book now has 245 reviews on Amazon and was on Amazon’s 2009 best seller list for science books. One year later, it still remains in the top 3,000 overall. By many accounts, this is a highly successful book.
May 28, 2010 
By Francisco Ayala 
Design 
206
 
Evangelicalism and the Doctrine of Creation

Evangelicalism and the Doctrine of Creation

To release the pressure, evangelicals must openly acknowledge the risks of belonging to this movement and seek to discover afresh what it is that holds us together.
May 27, 2010 
By Dale Coulter 
Christian Unity 
51
 
Science, Scripture, and the Creation Narrative

Science, Scripture, and the Creation Narrative

In these two brief video Conversations, John Walton discusses the problem of trying to integrate ancient scripture with our modern worldview.
May 26, 2010 
By John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
6
 
The Second Creation Story and “Atrahasis”

The Second Creation Story and “Atrahasis”

Atrahasis is important to biblical scholars because of it similarity to Genesis 2-9. Both stories share a similar storyline: creation, population growth and rebellion, flood. They also share some important details within that storyline.
May 25, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
36
 
Communicating Compatibility in Christian Higher Education, Part 4. Daniel’s Letter

Communicating Compatibility in Christian Higher Education, Part 4. Daniel’s Letter

Mr. Ham, my issue with you and AiG arises from a pastoral concern. Jesus warned his disciples about religious leaders who "tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulder's".
May 24, 2010 
By Daniel Camacho 
Education 
60
 
Jerry Coyne’s Insufferable Argument

Jerry Coyne’s Insufferable Argument

The theodicy problem has been around forever and is rife with nuance and subtlety. Great philosophers and theologians have explored it at great length, as has every freshman philosophy major in their first course.
May 24, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Problem of Evil 
176
 
How Majestic is Your Name!

How Majestic is Your Name!

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
May 23, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Communicating Compatibility in Christian Higher Education, Part 3

Communicating Compatibility in Christian Higher Education, Part 3

Earlier this year, Ken Ham singled out Calvin College and one of its professors for what he considered to be inappropriate statements about biblical hermeneutics. One student, a college freshman at the time, Daniel Camacho, wrote a letter to the editor of his school newspaper.
May 22, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Education 
211
 
A Response to Some Critics, Part 2

A Response to Some Critics, Part 2

I want to say more about Thomism and ID by addressing the charge that some of us do not take into consideration the central question of whether or not ID arguments are reasonable.
May 22, 2010 
By Francis Beckwith 
Design 
78
 
Intelligent Design and Me: A Response to Some Critics

Intelligent Design and Me: A Response to Some Critics

I could not and can not respond to each and every criticism, though I know that virtually all of them were offered with genuine respect. It is my hope that in this brief, and no doubt inadequate, reply that I can replicate my critics’ sincere deference.
May 21, 2010 
By Francis Beckwith 
Design 
7
 
Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 1

Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 1

My evangelical heart was first exposed to this issue when I sat down for coffee with the only biology graduate student attending our church at the time. I asked Theresa an innocent question: “We have grad students in English, social work, and engineering—why aren’t there more science and biology students in our church?”
May 20, 2010 
By Ken Wilson 
Pastoral Voices 
171
 
On Myth and Meaning

On Myth and Meaning

In this video, John Walton talks about ancient myth and how we might better understand it if we think about its intended functionality—that is, myths were a way to explain a culture’s origin and universal significance though they lacked the advances of scientific discovery.
May 19, 2010 
By John Walton 
Biblical Interpretation 
11
 
Genesis 1 and a Babylonian Creation Story

Genesis 1 and a Babylonian Creation Story

Found among the ruins was a Babylonian creation story referred to today as Enuma Elish. How people viewed Genesis would never be the same again.
May 18, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
146
 
Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 2

Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 2

Common ancestry is an elegant, parsimonious explanation for the pattern of pseudogenes that we observe, yet many Christians reject common ancestry for theological reasons. The challenges for a non-evolutionary explanation of this data, however, are many...
May 17, 2010 
By Dennis Venema, Darrel Falk 
Genetics 
58
 
Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty

Victorian poet and Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins was noted for his focus on both religious and natural subjects, often intertwining the two. His sonnet “Pied Beauty” is just one example of Hopkins’ masterful ability to connect the beauty of nature with the wonder of God.
May 16, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
28
 
Os Guinness on Reading Scripture Faithfully

Os Guinness on Reading Scripture Faithfully

In this video, Os Guinness engages the dialogue about how Christians read scripture, and he points out the common misconception that reading scripture literally is equivalent to reading scripture faithfully.
May 15, 2010 
By Os Guinness 
Biblical Interpretation 
2
 
The End of Christianity: A Review by Stephen Ashley Blake

The End of Christianity: A Review by Stephen Ashley Blake

Many evangelicals find the challenge of modern science not only anti-biblical, but antithetical to the notion of a loving God who called His new creation “very good.”
May 14, 2010 
By Stephen Ashley Blake 
Problem of Evil 
129
 
N.T. Wright on Understanding Ancient Texts

N.T. Wright on Understanding Ancient Texts

In this video Conversation, N.T. Wright emphasizes the importance of understanding the context of biblical texts in order to know whether to read them as literal or metaphorical narratives.
May 12, 2010 
By N.T. Wright 
Biblical Interpretation 
55
 
Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 3

Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 3

One thing that these two stories have in common, though, is their high view of humanity. This distinguishes the biblical creation stories from other stories of the ancient world.
May 11, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
22
 
Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 1

Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 1

One interesting feature of looking at genomes is that often we can find the mutated remains of once-functional genes. These are called pseudogenes, or “false genes.” Pseudogenes might be part of a shared backstory for two species, or they might crop up independently after two species go their separate ways.
May 10, 2010 
By Dennis Venema, Darrel Falk 
Genetics 
54
 
Would You Like Fries With That Theory?

Would You Like Fries With That Theory?

My field is physics. I cannot imagine what it would mean for a layperson to deal with the data of physics and draw their own conclusions.
May 10, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Design 
274
 
Pete Enns on the Incarnational Model of Scripture

Pete Enns on the Incarnational Model of Scripture

An incarnational model is neither a recent trend in Christian theology, nor is it considered risky.
May 08, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
48
 
Stewards of God’s (Changing?) World

Stewards of God’s (Changing?) World

Interestingly, I find this sort of cynicism about climate change especially prevalent among Christians. Why is this?
May 07, 2010 
By Truitt Wiensz 
Science as Christian Calling 
35
 
Daniel Harrell on Adam and Eve

Daniel Harrell on Adam and Eve

In this video, the Rev. Daniel Harrell discusses how there may be some "middle ground" in the way that Christians understand Adam and Eve. Harrell points out that the historicity of Adam and Eve does not necessarily conflict with science.
May 05, 2010 
By Daniel Harrell 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
93
 
Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 2

Israel’s Two Creation Stories, Part 2

Insisting on rigid labels can lead to problems. For example, some think that since Genesis 1 is poetry, it can be relieved of the burden of historicity—while Genesis 2, because it is narrative, is intended as a literal description of historical events.
May 04, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
25
 
“The Truth Project”, Intelligent Design,  Complexity and Divine Action

“The Truth Project”, Intelligent Design,  Complexity and Divine Action

Let me be clear: I believe God is the Creator of the material universe, and God is not limited to working through the laws He created. But to quickly conclude that life is too complex for science to explain without invoking supernatural intervention does not do justice to the intelligence God gave us.
May 03, 2010 
By Kenneth Aring 
Design 
236
 
God is God (And I Am Not)

God is God (And I Am Not)

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
May 02, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
12