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June 2010

The Danger of Preaching on Genesis

The Danger of Preaching on Genesis

In this video Conversation, Joel Hunter acknowledges the risk that pastors take when preaching on Genesis—and in particular, when they approach it with an attitude of humility, allowing the possibility that the text was not meant to be understood in literal terms.
June 30, 2010 
By Joel Hunter 
Pastoral Voices 
45
 
The Benefit of Doubt

The Benefit of Doubt

But like a church bell on a clear winter night, it is in the crisp darkness of doubt that God’s voice carries farther and more clearly. St. John’s great insight is that this dark night is a special sign of God’s presence, where our false sense of comfort is being stripped away and we are left naked before God and asked simply to trust.
June 30, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Pastoral Voices 
0
 
Behe’s B Cell Bravado, Part 2: Why Irreducible Complexity Fails

Behe’s B Cell Bravado, Part 2: Why Irreducible Complexity Fails

Legions of scientists have rejected this argument. Why? Is it because they are godless atheists who deny the existence of an intelligent Creator? No. Some of Behe’s strongest critics are deeply committed Christians.
June 29, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Genetics 
122
 
Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

Eliot wrote Burnt Norton while wrestling not only with what it meant to stand for the Gospel and to have sacrificial integrity in faith, but also with the limitations of our understanding of the divine and our means of expression through language.
June 27, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Lives of Faith 
3
 
Evolving Beyond Apologetics: A Review of Rachel Held Evans’ “Evolving in Monkey Town”

Evolving Beyond Apologetics: A Review of Rachel Held Evans’ “Evolving in Monkey Town”

What sets Evolving in Monkey Town apart is that it takes the abstract ideas discussed in more scholarly works and incarnates them in a person. Where other books strive to reach an answer, we join with Rachel as she struggles to find a way to live in the questions.
June 25, 2010 
By Dennis Venema 
Lives of Faith 
45
 
Miracles and Science, Part 1

Miracles and Science, Part 1

"Unbelievable, isn’t it, that there are still students at this university who believe in stories from the Bible", said Martin, an older colleague of mine at Oxford University. "But Martin, I answered, their faith probably doesn’t differ much from mine." I can still see his face go pale while he nearly choked.
June 25, 2010 
By Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
18
 
On Living in the Middle

On Living in the Middle

This has been an interesting week for The BioLogos Forum. When you’re trying to speak to both of two groups on opposite ends of the spectrum and trying to help each see there is middle ground, the forces tugging from opposite sides can be a little painful. Here are some of the responses we got this week.
June 24, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
347
 
My Faith Shouldn’t Be Alive (But It Is, and Here’s Why)

My Faith Shouldn’t Be Alive (But It Is, and Here’s Why)

By all accounts, my faith should have perished the moment I started asking questions about faith and science. All my life I’d been taught that I had to choose—between believing the Bible and believing my science book, between honoring God and embracing evolution.
June 23, 2010 
By Rachel Held Evans 
Lives of Faith 
104
 
No Fear

No Fear

In this video Conversation, Os Guinness notes that Christians should be able to relate their faith to all sorts of issues, including science, and should have no fear of doing so. Guinness quotes George Whitfield, who said, “I’m never better than when I’m on the full stretch for God.”
June 23, 2010 
By Os Guinness 
Education 
33
 
Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 3

Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 3

To interpret the Genesis flood as a complete global catastrophe is a modern imposition onto an ancient story. Ancients simply did not think of the earth in that way.
June 22, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
45
 
Would You Like Fries With That Theory? Part Two

Would You Like Fries With That Theory? Part Two

The Intelligent Design movement requires that there be some criteria other than consensus for the evaluation of what constitutes “science.”
June 21, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
136
 
Consider the Lilies of the Field

Consider the Lilies of the Field

In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus uses the common theme of nature to remind us to seek his Kingdom and to not worry unnecessarily about our earthly needs.
June 20, 2010 
 
Christ & New Creation 
2
 
The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 3

The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 3

The doctrine of God’s providence underpins all of science including geology. Wayne Grudem puts it well: “God has made and continues to sustain a universe that acts in predictable ways. If a scientific experiment gives a certain result today, then we can have confidence that (if all the factors are the same) it will give the same result tomorrow and a hundred years from tomorrow."
June 19, 2010 
By Gregory Bennett 
Earth, Universe & Time 
140
 
New Question on Chance and God’s Sovereignty

New Question on Chance and God’s Sovereignty

What happens when you ask a Reformed mathematician and a Wesleyan theologian to write a joint statement on the compatibility of chance and God’s sovereignty?
June 17, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
9
 
Adam and Eve: Literal or Literary?

Adam and Eve: Literal or Literary?

Adam and Eve are often seen as polarizing figures based on our answer to the following question: Do we understand the Bible’s first couple as literal people or literary figures?
June 17, 2010 
By Daniel Harrell 
Human Origins 
252
 
On What It Means To Be An Image Bearer

On What It Means To Be An Image Bearer

In this video conversation, N.T. Wright suggests that what the book of Genesis and the apostle Paul mean by humans "bearing the image of God" is less a static picture and more of a creative, dynamic proposition-- specifically, how we "reflect" God into the world.
June 16, 2010 
By N.T. Wright 
Image of God 
18
 
13 Things I Learned at the BioLogos Conference

13 Things I Learned at the BioLogos Conference

This particular conference was held at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where it can apparently be 50 degrees in the middle of June. Here are some things I learned.
June 16, 2010 
By Rachel Held Evans 
Christian Unity 
111
 
The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 2

The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 2

The Bible does not describe God as being part of nature, but as creating it as a potter would work clay (see Jeremiah 18:1-6) and, then, relating to what he has made in an intimate, caring relationship.
June 15, 2010 
By Gregory Bennett 
Earth, Universe & Time 
48
 
Evidences for Evolution, Part 2a: The Whales’ Tale

Evidences for Evolution, Part 2a: The Whales’ Tale

If evolution is true, we would expect that living whales and living hoofed mammals should share extinct common ancestors, from which they descended with modification.
June 14, 2010 
By Darrel Falk, David Kerk 
Genetics, History of Life 
218
 
Top-List Survey With Ted Davis: Question 2

Top-List Survey With Ted Davis: Question 2

We ask science-and-religion scholar Ted Davis, "What are the Top-Five books that have helped you to understand the relationship between science, philosophy and religion (SP&R)?" In part 2, he offers the five books that have influenced his current scholarship.
June 12, 2010 
By Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
14
 
Top-List Survey With Ted Davis: Question 1

Top-List Survey With Ted Davis: Question 1

We ask science-and-religion scholar Ted Davis, "What are the Top-Five books that have helped you to understand the relationship between science, philosophy and religion (SP&R)?"
June 12, 2010 
By Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
7
 
The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 1

The Biblical Premise of Uniformitarianism, Part 1

Students of geology learn in their first semester that uniformitarianism is the guiding principle by which geologists interpret Earth’s history. The premise, as articulated by James Hutton and Charles Lyell, is that geological processes we observe today can be used to explain ancient geological materials and structures.
June 12, 2010 
By Stephen O. Moshier 
Earth, Universe & Time 
39
 
Behe’s B Cell Bravado, Part 1

Behe’s B Cell Bravado, Part 1

Dr. Behe shouldn’t be taken to task, of course, for not covering a discovery that happened after he wrote his book. But the transposon hypothesis had actually been a serious contender since the late 1970s, and he should have at least explained why he didn’t find it convincing.
June 11, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Genetics 
73
 
Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 2

Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 2

Perhaps what is most distinct about the Genesis story is the reason given for the flood.
June 08, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
41
 
A Tale of Two Skeptics

A Tale of Two Skeptics

The ideas of arch-skeptic Richard Dawkins are quite familiar to BioLogos readers. I was reminded of them recently because of their remarkable contrast with the beliefs of another notorious skeptic who passed away last month—Martin Gardner.
June 07, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
19
 
Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 3

Science and the Evangelical Mission in America, Part 3

Do a little thought experiment. Imagine a person with a blue sensibility coming to your small group, Bible study, or church to assess the cultural climate (something we humans do quite adeptly when we visit churches). The person imagines what it would be like to express his or her views on evolution and climate change in this setting.
June 04, 2010 
By Ken Wilson 
Pastoral Voices 
44
 
Does God Change His Mind?

Does God Change His Mind?

What that resident really wanted to know was whether I believed that because Mr. Jones and his friends prayed for a good outcome, God directly intervened and the disease in his body suddenly changed for the better.
June 03, 2010 
By Paul Lange 
Divine Action & Purpose 
40
 
Evolution and the Atheist Worldview

Evolution and the Atheist Worldview

In this brief video Conversation, Os Guinness addresses the problem of holding a purely naturalistic worldview—one that does not coincide with many basic human concepts.
June 02, 2010 
By Os Guinness 
Science & Worldviews 
7
 
Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood

Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood

The biblical flood story (Genesis 6-9) has certainly taken a beating over the last two or three centuries. The problems began in earnest once geologists realized that a literal submersion of the entire earth in water is contradicted by clear scientific evidence.
June 01, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Creation & Origins 
69