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May 2011

BioLogos and the June 2011 “Christianity Today” Cover Story

BioLogos and the June 2011 “Christianity Today” Cover Story

They all together cry out in unison with a loud voice—“Created!” However, they also, in a subtle, but persuasive whisper, add the all-important qualifying phrase—“…slowly and not in an instant!”
May 31, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Human Origins 
86
 
Scientific Conspiracy Theories: A Veneer for Irrational Beliefs

Scientific Conspiracy Theories: A Veneer for Irrational Beliefs

Conspiracy theorists and denialists short-cut the scientific process by relying on anecdote, and by cherry-picking the small number of contrarian scientists and dissenting scientific articles.
May 31, 2011 
By Rusty Pritchard 
Science & Worldviews 
51
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 6

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 6

Some well-intentioned Evangelicals seek to maintain their particular definition of Biblical inerrancy by denying that the Bible contains this ancient Near Eastern cosmography. They try to explain it away as phenomenal language or poetic license.
May 30, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
18
 
Imaginative Engagement

Imaginative Engagement

Both the arts and sciences are facets of “faith seeking understanding,” and we reject the cultural trend of seeing each field of endeavor—science, the arts, theology, or even Christian ministry—as distinct, autonomous activities divorced from the others.
May 29, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Saturday Sermon: Before the Beginning

Saturday Sermon: Before the Beginning

Dr. Timothy Keller beautifully unravels the first three verses of Genesis 1 in his sermon titled, “Before the Beginning.” From these first verses, three fundamental truths are established.
May 28, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Creation & Origins 
19
 
Wesleyanism, Part 3

Wesleyanism, Part 3

One always sees Scripture through the lenses of our traditions, our ability to reason, and our experiences as human beings. One of the great strengths of Wesleyanism is in being forthright about the interconnection of these four factors.
May 27, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
1
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 5

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 5

Seely shows how the modern scientific bias has guided the translators to render the word for “firmament” (raqia) as “expanse.” Raqia in the Bible consistently means a solid material such as a metal that is hammered out by a craftsman (Ex. 39:3; Isa. 40:19).
May 27, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
0
 
Bad Science and Weak Theology?

Bad Science and Weak Theology?

Many scientists feel that the ID movement is an attempt to locate gaps in our scientific knowledge and then to presume those gaps can only be filled by intervention of an external intelligence. It is important to note that ID leaders do not view their work this way.
May 25, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
65
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 4

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 4

Before we ascend to the heavens, let’s take a look at the Underworld below the earth. The Underworld was a common location of extensive stories about gods and departed souls of men journeying to the depths of the earth.
May 24, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
7
 
Wesleyanism, Part 2

Wesleyanism, Part 2

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is a spatial metaphor for describing how we gain true theological knowledge. Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience—each has its own quadrant and the four are mutually dependent.
May 23, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
1
 
The Nets of God

The Nets of God

So it must be with us as we bear the imprint of our maker: neither the mundane “stuff” of which we are composed nor the “repeatable” processes by which that stuff was arranged diminish the identity we have with Christ.
May 22, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 3

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 3

The location of heaven being above us may be figurative to our modern cosmology only because we now know it is not literally above us, but it was not figurative to the Biblical writers.
May 20, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
13
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 5

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 5

Far from being rare exceptions, multiple lines of genomics evidence point to new structures, functions and information being produced through natural means.
May 19, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
11
 
Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: Part 3

Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: Part 3

Reconciliation is a much more demanding task than integration because it means an ongoing conversation between us and the unpredictability of how that ongoing conversation may affect each of us and our view of things.
May 19, 2011 
By Robert C. Bishop 
Science & Worldviews 
17
 
Stephen Hawking is No Albert Einstein

Stephen Hawking is No Albert Einstein

It's no secret that Dr. Hawking does not believe in God, but for some reason, he has decided to become progressively more obnoxious about it.
May 18, 2011 
By Alex Berezow 
Science & Worldviews 
35
 
God and Creation, Part 2: Immanence

God and Creation, Part 2: Immanence

God’s “immanence” refers to God’s presence in creation. If we were to speak only of the ways in which God is “transcendent” – how He is other than, above, and hidden in creation – we would be left with a god that seems more like an abstract force than a person.
May 18, 2011 
By David Opderbeck 
Divine Action & Purpose 
57
 
Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Wesleyanism

Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Wesleyanism

I have always found this dimension of Wesleyanism to be bristling with commonsense in that it recognizes the unavoidable interplay between four factors: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience.
May 17, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
0
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 2

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 2

Something else had always haunted me like a nagging pebble in the shoe of my mind, and that was the Galileo affair. There was a time (the 17th century) when brilliant godly Christian theologians and scientists considered the new heliocentric theory as being against the plain teaching of the Bible.
May 17, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
15
 
Karl Giberson Moves On to Create More Time for Writing

Karl Giberson Moves On to Create More Time for Writing

Karl’s journalistic expertise, his sense of style, his high expectations, his sixth sense of what will and won’t work and, eminently, his scintillating writing have been key to the impact of BioLogos.
May 16, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Lives of Faith 
6
 
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 7

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 7

So, what does Lewis say God is up to in this evolutionary universe? In answering this question, Lewis is at his best.
May 16, 2011 
By Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
8
 
Banding

Banding

To watch birds being banded is, for me, to step inside an extraordinary space I recognize as being both an artist’s studio and a scientist’s lab occupied by God the Creator.
May 15, 2011 
By Suzanne Rhodes 
Worship & Arts 
6
 
Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 15

Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 15

I would like to suggest one specific area in which a Calvinist approach to Scripture could, in principle, be employed with great profit in moving forward in how Christians can think through the intersection of evolution and Scripture.
May 13, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
13
 
Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 1

Mesopotamian Cosmic Geography in the Bible, Part 1

As I studied the ancient Hebrew culture and its surrounding Near Eastern background, I began to see how very different a “plain reading” of a text was to them than a “plain reading” was to me.
May 13, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Creation & Origins 
44
 
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 6

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 6

Lewis was extremely critical of Evolutionary Naturalism as a total package because Naturalism involves the denial of God, moral relativism, and human devaluation.
May 12, 2011 
By Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
12
 
God and Creation, Part 1: Transcendence

God and Creation, Part 1: Transcendence

But how do we know anything about God? As we go about our daily lives, we can’t converse with God in exactly the same way that we might talk with our families, friends or neighbors. In theological terms, there is a sense in which God is “hidden” to our human senses.
May 11, 2011 
By David Opderbeck 
Divine Action & Purpose 
16
 
Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: Part 2

Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: Part 2

The image of God as an engineer or designer is a creation of 18th century deism, not a biblical image.
May 11, 2011 
By Robert C. Bishop 
Science & Worldviews 
102
 
Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 14

Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 14

We see Calvinist influence beyond Calvinist denominations wherever an intellectual attempt is made to defend inerrancy.
May 10, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
3
 
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 5

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 5

Since Lewis rejects ID in the narrower sense, what does he think about Evolution? Lewis accepted both cosmic and biological evolution as highly confirmed scientific theories.
May 10, 2011 
By Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
22
 
The Crutch

The Crutch

Providing the crutch for non-believers to lean on is a well-intentioned strategic error that has no benefit and likely does much harm. However, I am even more concerned about something else related to our construction of these crutches.
May 09, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Design, Pastoral Voices 
179
 
Living Fossil

Living Fossil

One of the assumptions underlying this worship project is that the sovereign God provides pointers or signposts to Himself in the natural world.
May 08, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Design 
3
 
Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 3

Christianity and Science in Historical Perspective, Part 3

God is free to create in ways that cannot be predicted, so we should not be astonished that nature sometimes does astonishing things.
May 06, 2011 
By Ted Davis 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
30
 
Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 13

Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 13

What Machen may not have fully appreciated is how the Jewish background of Paul specifically and the New Testament in general can wind up being a theologically reorienting experience. Paying attention to the historical context of Scripture can begin a process of rethinking how Scripture is to be understood.
May 06, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
0
 
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 4

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 4

Lewis knows that such important facts must be included in the complete rational evaluation of any case for an Ultimate Being or Transcendent Intelligence.
May 05, 2011 
By Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
4
 
Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: A Review of “Why Evolution is True”, Part 1

Evolution, Myths and Reconciliation: A Review of “Why Evolution is True”, Part 1

I want to lay out some of the key myths and indicate how Coyne’s discussion can help Christians get a more accurate understanding of evolution.
May 04, 2011 
By Robert C. Bishop 
Science & Worldviews 
16
 
Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 12

Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 12

The bottom line is that our growing knowledge of the historical background of the New Testament must affect how we read it.
May 03, 2011 
By Pete Enns 
Biblical Interpretation 
10
 
C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 3

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 3

Lewis’s critical point, in current parlance, is that we must distinguish the appropriate methodological naturalism of science from philosophical naturalism— something ID fails to do.
May 02, 2011 
By Michael L. Peterson 
Design 
22
 
The Painting of Wings

The Painting of Wings

Poet Kathleen Housley deftly navigates the confluence of science, art, and theology, helping the reader see each of those defining streams of our humanity as emerging from the single source of the Creator.
May 01, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1