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October 2010

Our Mighty Fortress

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.
October 31, 2010 
 
Christian Unity 
11
 
The Edge of Evolution: A Note from Dr. Ussery

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.
October 30, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
194
 
“I am the Lord of the Dance,”said He, Part 2

“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.
October 29, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
66
 
Copernicus, Interrupted (Part 1)

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.
October 28, 2010 
By Brandon Withrow 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
38
 
How Science Can Inspire Faith

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.
October 27, 2010 
By Daniel Harrell 
Biblical Authority 
7
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Who is “Us”?

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?
October 26, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
62
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5

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.
October 25, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
244
 
Creation and Jazz Music

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.
October 24, 2010 
 
Divine Action & Purpose 
6
 
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 3

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!
October 23, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
279
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4

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.
October 22, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
120
 
Science and the Question of God, Part 5

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.
October 21, 2010 
By Randy Isaac 
Biblical Interpretation 
60
 
Teaching Evolutionary Science in a Christian College Context

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.
October 20, 2010 
 
Education 
77
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: What about Angels?

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.
October 20, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
17
 
Augustine, Genesis, and “Removing the Mystical Veil”: Part 2

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.
October 19, 2010 
By Brandon Withrow 
Biblical Interpretation 
11
 
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 2

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.
October 18, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
173
 
The Valley of Vision

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.
October 17, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Worship & Arts 
6
 
The Skeptical Biochemist: Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 1

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.
October 16, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
140
 
Polkinghorne’s Masterful Reminder

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.
October 15, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
34
 
Science and the Question of God, Part 4

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.
October 14, 2010 
By Randy Isaac 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
130
 
“I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please”

“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.”
October 12, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
122
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Let There Be Light

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...
October 12, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
49
 
Augustine, Genesis, and “Removing the Mystical Veil”: Part 1

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.
October 11, 2010 
By Brandon Withrow 
Biblical Interpretation 
11
 
Sense, Reason and Intellect

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.
October 10, 2010 
 
Worship & Arts 
5
 
Are We Facing the Demise of Big Tent Evangelicalism?

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.
October 09, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
220
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 3

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.
October 08, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
76
 
Science and the Question of God, Part 3

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).
October 07, 2010 
By Randy Isaac 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
116
 
Adam, Eve, and the Culture Wars

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.
October 06, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
198
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters, Part 2

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.
October 05, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
49
 
On Adopting a BioLogos Faith Statement, Part 2

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.
October 04, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
32
 
The Fragile Beauty of Life

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..."
October 03, 2010 
 
Earth, Universe & Time 
4
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2

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.
October 02, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
244
 
Science and the Question of God, Part 2

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.
October 01, 2010 
By Randy Isaac 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
34