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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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."
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?"
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.
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.
Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Flood, Part 2
Perhaps what is most distinct about the Genesis story is the reason given for the flood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.