Deep Resonances between Science and Theology, Part 3
The amazing invitation is for humanity to be drawn into the life of God—to become a partner in the great dance of mutual love relations.
Deep Resonances between Science and Theology, Part 2
Let us begin by sketching some of the large themes of classical Christian orthodoxy, followed by those of science, exploring the significance of each theme as we proceed.
I have frequently argued that it is poets who are often the most clear on the most important issues of our faith, including this one.
Saturday Sermon: “Science vs. Faith: A False Dichotomy?”
If God has indeed created all things, pure scientific truth should never be a “problematic thing” for Christians. If anything, scientific truth enriches the faith as it reveals his majesty and provides Christians with a deeper understanding of God.
Evolution and the Deep Resonances between Science and Theology, Part 1
The challenge then, as it is now, is that of relating the theories and findings of science to specifically Christian theological knowledge.
Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 4
Another important issue raised by A.I. is the issue of consciousness and human identity.
A Response to Coyne (and Contemporary Atheists Generally), Part 2
Central to Coyne and these atheists’ approach to religion is what looks to be a straightforward intellectual or scientific value: objectification. Objectification is a stance towards things that abstracts away from so-called subject-related qualities. The latter include the meanings of and relationships among things that show up within our ordinary experience, values, aims and concerns.
Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 3
It would be more accurate to suggest the other way around, that indeed, stories and parables may be superior means of conveying theological truth than propositional logic or theological abstraction.
The Human Fossil Record, Part 6: The Dispersal of the Australopithecines, Cont’d
It is tempting to look at these remains and think privately, “These are nothing but apes. What is the fuss?”
Form and Content
A theological belief can grow in our minds unobserved for years, the results of many imperceptible influences, until the full flower bursts into conscious thought.
Saturday Sermons: The Garden of God
Genesis 2:2-17 places an interesting emphasis on work—not only does God work to bring about all creation, but also, man is called to the task of caring for God’s world.
Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”, Part 2
Following in the footsteps of the lead characters in Frankenstein and Blade Runner, the robot boy David is not merely searching for the Blue Fairy to become human; he is also searching for his creator.
The Human Fossil Record, Part 5: The Dispersal of the Australopithecines
The Piltdown forgery ranks as one of the best scientific hoaxes of all time. To this day, the identity of the forger remains unknown.
Science and Faith at the Movies: “A.I.”
What makes a “real” person? Is our consciousness transcendent of our brains? Can a complex machine experience intuition and love?
Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Summing Up
Determining what the Bible says and does not say puts us squarely—and unavoidably—in a deeply theological and hermeneutical conversation. These factors quickly come into play anytime a serious conversation occurs between science and faith.
A Response to Coyne (and Contemporary Atheists Generally), Part 1
Much of his blog response focuses on my exposing his theological speculations about a designer in the context of evolutionary biology. Coyne claims to be doing straightforward scientific inference–looking at various evolutionary developments and then drawing consequences for what they would mean if some being had designed them.
Community Formed by Fire
Let me briefly suggest three elements in the pine savanna ecology that Christians may take as prompts for meditation on life in Christ.
Saturday Sermons: In the Image of God
Dr. Keller explains several crucial implications that result from the radical idea that humans have been made in the image of God.
Authority in an Interdisciplinary Setting
I have described my professional experience as a rather extended analogy to the BioLogos project. By its very nature, BioLogos is interdisciplinary, intended to bring together at least two fields often considered to be entirely incompatible.
God and Creation, Part 3: Creation and Trinity
Christians confess that there is one God – God is “one in essence” – distinguished in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Certainly the idea is far easier to state than to understand.
Wesleyanism, Part 5
Scholars do not lead the Church; the Spirit does, working in and through the collective experience of the members of the body, where each one contributes his or her part with true humility and love.
BioLogos and the June 2011 “Christianity Today” Editorial
The editorial, in other words, has shown that in their view mainstream evangelical Christianity and mainstream science can co-exist in harmony. There are still many details to be worked out and much conversation lies ahead, but there is reason for optimism.
In the Beginning, There Was Improvisation
Whereas beginnings are “secular, humanly produced and ceaselessly re-examined,” origins are “divine, mythical and privileged.”
Saturday Sermons: The First Word
Throughout the last 150 years or so, the interpretation of the creation account in Genesis 1 has been a point of contention within the Christian as well as the scientific community.
The (Lack Of) Conflict Between Science and Religion in College Students
Media-hungry atheist, creationist and religious fundamentalist provocateurs have dominated the science and religion narrative for the past decade. A recently published large-scale survey of college students, however, finds that the call to arms has fallen on deaf ears.
What does it mean to be human? For the Christian, the answer is complex. In part, it is a reflection of being created in the image of God. But does the science of human evolution pose a threat to that uniqueness?
Wesleyanism, Part 4
In Christian theology, reason is not the neutral and objective guide of theological truth. Instead, reason is informed by and in dialogue with Scripture, tradition, and experience.