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December 2010

A Pastor’s Perspective on the Dangers of an Ultra-Literal Perspective

A Pastor’s Perspective on the Dangers of an Ultra-Literal Perspective

In this video Conversation, Greg Boyd notes that some believers conceive of their faith as a “house of cards”—where shifting one element will collapse the whole thing.
December 31, 2010 
By Greg Boyd 
Biblical Interpretation 
59
 
The Dawning of a New Day

The Dawning of a New Day

BioLogos and its impact on the evangelical scene was one of the top ten stories of 2010 as judged by both Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition. This is good, I suppose. However, we have barely begun to deal with the issues in a substantive manner.
December 31, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
68
 
Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology

Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology

In this video, Denis Alexander remarks that it is an error to argue that evolution is inherently atheistic, as it takes the scientific theory and imposes one’s personal ideology upon it.
December 30, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Science & Worldviews 
17
 
Why Dembski’s Design Inference Doesn’t Work. Part 2

Why Dembski’s Design Inference Doesn’t Work. Part 2

In summary, then, Dembski has not achieved his ambitious goal of providing a scientific means of detecting intelligent design.
December 29, 2010 
By James Bradley 
Design 
12
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3

The Retelling Model suggests that as anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa, there was a gradual growing awareness of God’s presence and calling upon their lives to which they responded in obedience and worship.
December 28, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
78
 
Why Dembski’s Design Inference Doesn’t Work. Part 1

Why Dembski’s Design Inference Doesn’t Work. Part 1

Much of the credibility of the Intelligent Design movement has been based on the belief that a solid theoretical foundation has been laid by William Dembski’s 1998 book, The Design Inference.
December 27, 2010 
By James Bradley 
Design 
9
 
Of Knots and Stars

Of Knots and Stars

In common parlance, knots are problems, not elegant solutions.
December 24, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Joanna’s Story

Joanna’s Story

As a child, I started reading the Bible as soon as I could and I made my decision for Jesus wholeheartedly at the age of nine. Nurtured in an “all Christian environment,” I knew little else. But certain questions tended to nag at me.
December 23, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Lives of Faith 
88
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2

Humans have religion, chimps do not. At some stage humanity began to know the one true God of the scriptures. How and when did that happen?
December 22, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
43
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 5

Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 5

In the intertwined disciplines of cosmology, particle physics, and quantum mechanics especially, the last century or more of science has suggested that even the most “objective” and basic features of the universe are stubbornly (or beautifully) subjective.
December 21, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
8
 
The Vision Lives On

The Vision Lives On

BioLogos has remained alive and is thriving. By the time this article was written, 239,000 unique individuals had visited the site.
December 20, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
39
 
Called by Name

Called by Name

Just as the Lord gave Adam the task of naming the animals in the Garden, naming remains a central part of the scientific exploration of the world. But what does it mean to be “called by name”?
December 19, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
19
 
John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 3

John Polkinghorne on Natural Theology, Part 3

Dr. John Polkinghorne looks at the second of these meta-questions: “Why is the universe so special?” To illustrate this point, he presents several examples of how the universe is fine-tuned for life, including the constants of stars and the balance of “zero point energy”.
December 18, 2010 
By John Polkinghorne 
Design 
53
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 3

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 3

There are two opposite errors which need to be countered about the fossil record: 1) that it is so incomplete as to be of no value in interpreting patterns and trends in the history of life, and 2) that it is so good that we should expect a relatively complete record of the details of evolutionary transitions within all or most lineages.
December 17, 2010 
By Keith Miller 
History of Life 
18
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

How should we go about the task of relating theological truths to current scientific theories?
December 16, 2010 
By Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
45
 
Philip Yancey on “What Good is God?”

Philip Yancey on “What Good is God?”

In this video “Conversation,” Philip Yancey explains that on the way home from a trip to Mumbai, India, during which terrorists attacked the city, he began to form a list of the challenging situations he has experienced.
December 15, 2010 
By Philip Yancey 
Problem of Evil 
6
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Adam and Eve’s Nakedness

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Adam and Eve’s Nakedness

During periods of cultural tension, where Jews were trying to maintain their own cultural identity, a naked Adam running around Eden came to be somewhat of a problem.
December 14, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
96
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 4

Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 4

We want to believe that by quantifying and analyzing every aspect of our material existence we can do away with the existential uncertainty we all must face every day.
December 13, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
5
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 2

The Cambrian “Explosion”, Part 2

The procedure of classifying organisms is called taxonomy, and the general name for individual groups is “taxa.” Significantly, the first question that needs to be addressed is -- What is a phylum?
December 11, 2010 
By Keith Miller 
History of Life 
14
 
Challenging Old Assumptions

Challenging Old Assumptions

In this video “Conversation,” Pete Enns addresses some assumptions about ancient readers and writers that are relevant to the way we should read Genesis in the 21st century.
December 09, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
19
 
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Some Thoughts about Eve

Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Some Thoughts about Eve

The idea that God first made animals to provide a helper for Adam and then, when no such helper could be found, created a woman was hard for early interpreters to swallow.
December 07, 2010 
By Pete Enns 
Human Origins 
15
 
The BioLogos Forum: A Place for Conversation

The BioLogos Forum: A Place for Conversation

In a recent blog post, Dr. Albert Mohler suggests that Biologos promotes the relinquishing of inerrancy, that Paul was wrong about Adam, and that the Fall was not historical. We would like to respond with some constructive remarks.
December 06, 2010 
By Darrel Falk 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
167
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 3

Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 3

When arguing that Scripture-focused approaches to interpreting natural history are as trustworthy as materialist scientific ones, believers risk getting wrong both the essence of science and the essence of faith.
December 06, 2010 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
9
 
Charis-Kairos—The Tears of Christ

Charis-Kairos—The Tears of Christ

Why would one take this journey? The only reason that I can even begin to think in such audacious terms is because I believe in the audacity of the Incarnation.
December 05, 2010 
By Makoto Fujimura 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 6: The Cathedral of Life

Is There an Edge to Evolution? Part 6: The Cathedral of Life

One of the most fascinating new topics in biology today is evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). In essence this is a field that couples two sub-disciplines, evolutionary biology and developmental biology using the tools of molecular biology.
December 04, 2010 
By David Ussery, Darrel Falk 
Design 
93
 
The Cambrian “Explosion”,  Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

The Cambrian “Explosion”,  Transitional Forms, and the Tree of Life

The most fundamental claim of biological evolution is that all living organisms represent the outer tips of a diversifying, upward-branching tree of life. The “tree of life” is an extremely powerful metaphor that captures the essence of evolution.
December 03, 2010 
By Keith Miller 
History of Life 
45
 
The Weapon of Science, the Sword of the Spirit, and a Call to Prayer, Part 2

The Weapon of Science, the Sword of the Spirit, and a Call to Prayer, Part 2

As a pastor, I find it particularly troubling when Christians use science as a weapon against other brothers and sisters in Faith that believe differently than they do.
December 02, 2010 
By Kerry L. Bender 
Christian Unity 
0
 
Reading the Genesis Creation Accounts

Reading the Genesis Creation Accounts

In this week’s video, biblical historian John Dickson speaks about how to read the text of Genesis 1.
December 01, 2010 
 
Creation & Origins 
6