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November 2010

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Garden Paradise

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Garden Paradise

Early interpreters speculated what might be special about this Garden—special enough to have been off limits after Adam and Eve’s transgression.
November 30, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
46
 
John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 2

John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 2

Dr. Polkinghorne goes on to look at the first of two meta-questions. These are questions, he says, that arise from science, using scientific tools, but which point in each case to God.
November 29, 2010 
By John Polkinghorne 
Design 
16
 
More than Songs

More than Songs

It has been said that the accessibility of the cosmos to mathematical investigation—it’s inordinate reasonableness—is one of its greatest mysteries. But our analytical selves often overlook the miracle that the Creation is sensible in addition to being reasonable.
November 28, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Design 
3
 
John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 1

John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 1

On the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne inspired students and faculty alike in thinking about the interaction between science and the Christian faith.
November 27, 2010 
By John Polkinghorne 
Design 
153
 
Thanksgiving, Mediterranean Style

Thanksgiving, Mediterranean Style

As much as I love the fertilized soccer green at the foot of the library, I can’t imagine Gordon College without the woods and wetlands. They are our best classrooms.
November 25, 2010 
By Mark Sargent 
Lives of Faith 
2
 
The Weapon of Science, the Sword of the Spirit, and a Call to Prayer

The Weapon of Science, the Sword of the Spirit, and a Call to Prayer

My perception is that science is a tool, but I fear that far too often we as evangelicals have perceived it as a weapon.
November 24, 2010 
By Kerry L. Bender 
Christian Unity 
71
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: It Was Eve’s Fault

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: It Was Eve’s Fault

The Garden story is about something that started right and quickly went very wrong. The forbidden fruit was eaten with lasting effects for humanity. But who is to blame, Adam or Eve?
November 23, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
68
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 2

Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 2

In the first installment of this series, I started to lay out the case that “objective” science is actually shot through with imagery and metaphor.
November 22, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
5
 
Reconciliation of a World Gone Wrong

Reconciliation of a World Gone Wrong

Our estrangement from God began when early humans disobeyed God’s will and took a path leading away from God. Genes and culture contribute to a sinful world in which all people are born and nurtured, and our impact on our environment distorts the terrestrial creation.
November 20, 2010 
By George Murphy 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Christ & New Creation 
101
 
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 5: It’s All About Numbers

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 5: It’s All About Numbers

Behe’s argument in this chapter is essentially that even with more than several hundred million years of evolution, this is simply not enough time for the ‘right mutations’ to occur in order for the complexity we see around us to have evolved via ‘random processes’.
November 19, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
176
 
An Evangelical Geneticist’s Critique of Reasons to Believe’s Testable Creation Model, Pt. 2

An Evangelical Geneticist’s Critique of Reasons to Believe’s Testable Creation Model, Pt. 2

Since shared pseudogenes (literally, “false genes”) are such clear indicators of common ancestry, RTB has expended significant effort on discussing pseudogene data in their major works.
November 18, 2010 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
34
 
What Does it Mean to Have “Common Ancestry”?

What Does it Mean to Have “Common Ancestry”?

In this brief video “Conversation” Denis Alexander explains that common ancestry does not mean that we are descended from apes, rather, it means that we last shared a common ancestor with them roughly 6 million years ago.
November 17, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
174
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: A Crafty Serpent

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: A Crafty Serpent

The earliest interpreters of the Bible—just like modern ones—where curious about the serpent mentioned in Genesis 3.
November 16, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Problem of Evil 
31
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

In discussions about the relationship between science and faith, often the central issue for believers is how scientific investigation affects our understanding of the trustworthiness of Scripture.
November 15, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
31
 
A Difficult Worship

A Difficult Worship

For the last several years, my husband and I have done something I would once have found quite improbable: attending an evangelical Korean church. Improbable because we are neither evangelical—or not in the sense that I understood it when we first went--nor Korean.
November 14, 2010 
By Susanne Antonetta 
Lives of Faith 
7
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

The final straw man I want to torch in this series is the claim that science uses evidence and religion uses faith.
November 13, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
201
 
Evolution, Sin, and Death

Evolution, Sin, and Death

The notion that God had to create a world with no suffering or death fails to appreciate a theology of the cross. Since God shared in the dying of creatures to bring about his purpose for creation, it shouldn’t surprise us that he created a world in which death plays a role.
November 12, 2010 
By George Murphy 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
132
 
A Student’s Review of Behe’s “Two Binding Site Rule”

A Student’s Review of Behe’s “Two Binding Site Rule”

In this post, I will isolate one misleading argument- that “complexes of just three or more different proteins are beyond the edge of evolution”- and present evidence to show that Behe may have been wrong.
November 11, 2010 
By Kelsey Luoma 
Design 
59
 
Defending the Authority of Scripture

Defending the Authority of Scripture

In this video “Conversation” John Walton discusses that the account in Genesis 1 is not intended to be an account of material origins.
November 10, 2010 
By John Walton 
Creation & Origins 
39
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: “On the Day You Eat of It…”

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: “On the Day You Eat of It…”

The problem is well known: Adam (and Eve) did eat of the fruit, but they did not die on that day.
November 09, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
38
 
Come and See

Come and See

As Peter discovered, our theology is descriptive, not prescriptive; it is our collective and halting attempt to describe in coherent terms what we know of God by what we have seen of His acts and what we have read in His Word
November 08, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
218
 
Haircap Gregarious

Haircap Gregarious

Holly Smith’s work, Haircap Gregarious, is part of her series of large, mixed-media fabric works responding to the intricate connections and pathways between the land and the creatures that live in it.
November 07, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
An Evangelical Geneticist’s Critique of Reasons to Believe’s Testable Creation Model, Pt. 1

An Evangelical Geneticist’s Critique of Reasons to Believe’s Testable Creation Model, Pt. 1

Reasons to Believe (RTB) is the most influential Old-Earth Creationist organization in North America. While RTB supports a mainstream scientific position on cosmology and the age of the earth, RTB rejects evolutionary biology.
November 06, 2010 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
54
 
Cross, Creation, and Evolution

Cross, Creation, and Evolution

Can I believe in God and accept evolution? That depends on what God you have in mind.
November 05, 2010 
By George Murphy 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
108
 
Copernicus, Interrupted (Part 2)

Copernicus, Interrupted (Part 2)

It seems that until new scientific ideas become imminently practical, they find only a narrow audience. But once there are ready connections to daily life, the questions about faith and how it relates to those new scientific ideas eventually follow.
November 04, 2010 
By Brandon Withrow 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
12
 
Uncertainty is Uncomfortable

Uncertainty is Uncomfortable

Scientists become fairly comfortable with a certain level of uncertainty within scientific data, notes Kathryn Applegate, but that is not the case for most people, especially where faith is concerned
November 03, 2010 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
104
 
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 4

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 4

One can find exactly what Behe is claiming can never happen, laid out in clear detail-- slow, gradual, evolution of complex systems such as the eye.
November 03, 2010 
By David Ussery 
Design 
259
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Before Creation

These kinds of questions were not threatening to ancient interpreters. Quite the opposite: instead they thought of them as invitations by God to engage the text more carefully.
November 02, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
15
 
The God of the Old Testament

The God of the Old Testament

Many contemporary Christians struggle to understand the message of the Old Testament, in the light of challenges from higher criticism and science, not to mention internal issues, like the complicated portrayals of God.
November 01, 2010 
By Karl Giberson 
Divine Action & Purpose 
176