Our Mighty Fortress
Today marks the anniversary of that fateful day in 1517 when Martin Luther, a Catholic monk and professor of theology, posted his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
The Edge of Evolution: A Note from Dr. Ussery
There are three things I'd like to say in relation to the first three parts that have been posted from my review.
“I am the Lord of the Dance,”said He, Part 2
I have just returned home from the Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science Conference in Austin, Texas. This is likely the first conference of its sort ever held.
Copernicus, Interrupted (Part 1)
Resistance to Copernicus among Christians appears to have continued well into the 18th century, a good 200 years since the publication of his work on heliocentrism. This resistance came from at least three theological conclusions.
How Science Can Inspire Faith
In this video “Conversation,” Daniel Harrell discusses what often gets in the way of getting Christians to consider evolutionary science.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Who is “Us”?
On the sixth day when God created humanity, Genesis 1:26 says something that has attracted the attention of biblical interpreters from early on until today: “Let us make humankind in our own image, according to our likeness....” Why the plural?
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5
The fourth straw man I want to look at in this series is the claim that religion represents a fossilized set of ideas that only reluctantly change in the face of overwhelming pressure from science.
Creation and Jazz Music
The classic view of creation is that God crafted all life by hand exactly as it is today. In such a view, God takes the role of a master artisan or director who assembled each of us from a preset plan.
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 3
I absolutely agree with Behe – there must be a ‘non-random’ account. But I’m a bit confused here, because natural selection is, by definition, definitely non-random. That’s the whole point!
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4
The third straw man I want to examine is the claim about philosophical consistency, which is used repeatedly to argue that science and religion are incompatible.
Science and the Question of God, Part 5
Consider a theology that interprets the Word of God with no acknowledgment of nature. The incarnation then makes no sense. Nature cannot be ignored or devalued.
Teaching Evolutionary Science in a Christian College Context
In this video “Conversation,” three faculty members from Christian colleges -- Professor Dorothy Boorse of Gordon College, Professor Jim Nichols of Abilene Christian University, and Provost Claudia Beversluis of Calvin College -- share thoughts on teaching evolutionary science to Christian undergraduates.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels?
Angels play a visible role in the Old Testament, but ancient interpreters wondered why nothing is said in Genesis about when they were first created.
Augustine, Genesis, and “Removing the Mystical Veil”: Part 2
And so in Genesis, Augustine argues, God is accommodating his language to our time-based circumstances by using the narrative of days.
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 2
Behe has presented a vastly over-simplified view of what scientists know about the origin of genetic diversity in the history of life.
The Valley of Vision
I resonate with this prayer because it reminds me that even though God speaks clearly to us through his word and through creation, we can never quite get our minds around his ways.
The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 1
I have heard from some of my friends and family that they find Michael Behe's book “convincing” from a scientific point of view.
Polkinghorne’s Masterful Reminder
Sir John Polkinghorne’s brief survey Theology in the Context of Science should be required reading for anyone engaging the religious implications of contemporary science, regardless of their personal beliefs.
Science and the Question of God, Part 4
The word “information” is used in many different ways, often leading to confusion. It may be helpful to consider three of the categories in which the term is often used.
“I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please”
I continue to be surprised—and I mean that honestly—at the incoherent way that Coyne engages these topics. He reminds me of that great Monty Python skit about the customer who pays to have an argument, and then is frustrated because his sparring partner just sits there, responding with variations on “No, it isn’t.”
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light
Genesis 1:3 raised some questions among ancient interpreters. What does it mean for God to say, “Let there be light” on the first day of creation? There was no light from the heavenly bodies until day four...
Augustine, Genesis, and “Removing the Mystical Veil”: Part 1
Saint Augustine (354-430 C.E.) was not always a saint. His famous Confessions show him to be a self-indulgent hedonist, a seeker looking for satisfaction in something, anything.
Sense, Reason and Intellect
As modern science reminds us just how big this universe is, the same question arises: "What is man?" And as we turn our telescopes to the skies and learn more about them, even more questions seem to arise.
Are We Facing the Demise of Big Tent Evangelicalism?
Eventually, I think even the fundamentalists will come to see that they need to allow science books in their library and fundamentalism will undergo its own evolution.
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 3
The second straw man I want to dismantle is the naïve “believer” that Coyne insists represents religion.
Science and the Question of God, Part 3
Many people accepted William Paley’s early nineteenth century concept of detecting the divine designer until Darwin published his theory. Design lost favor until it was revived in the late 1980s and 1990s when it blossomed into a widely publicized movement known as Intelligent Design (ID).
Adam, Eve, and the Culture Wars
In this video Conversation, Peter Enns discusses why Adam and Eve seem to be at the center of the Culture Wars.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2
For some early interpreters, Wisdom was not just the first of God’s works, but actually involved somehow in the act of creation.
On Adopting a BioLogos Faith Statement, Part 2
It is Christ’s life, death, and resurrection—the reality of the Creator who dwelt among us, died to show his love for us, and then victoriously overcame that death—which shapes our current existence, and provides assurance for a life to come.
The Fragile Beauty of Life
As one astronaut recalls from his journey beyond our planet: "The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space..."
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2
The first straw man I want to examine is the argument that scientific ideas are empirical and testable and religious ideas are not.
Science and the Question of God, Part 2
The modern surge of creationism arose in the mid-twentieth century, about a century after Darwin published his ideas. Many factors for its rise have been articulated and three of them merit mention here.