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September 2011

Quantum Leap, Part 5: Polkinghorne’s Faith Challenges

Quantum Leap, Part 5: Polkinghorne’s Faith Challenges

Today we look at Polkinghorne's reasons for his Christian faith and whether trying to prove God's existence is a worthy endeavor for Christians.
September 30, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
5
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 4: Gene Expression

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 4: Gene Expression

Biologists have learned a lot about the network of gene expression that leads to the patterning of animals during development. Animals as different as fish and mice are sketched out in form by the expression of the same genes. The patterning of tetrapod limbs has become a classic example.
September 29, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
41
 
A Young Earth Creationist’s Perspective

A Young Earth Creationist’s Perspective

In this video, Aaron Daly offers his thoughts on theistic evolution, creation, and how Christians should handle disagreements over these issues. Most of all, Aaron highlights the need for love in our discussions with one another, especially when we disagree.
September 28, 2011 
By Aaron Daly 
Creation & Origins 
57
 
A Response to Mr. Ham’s Video: “The Anti-biblical Teachings of BioLogos”

A Response to Mr. Ham’s Video: “The Anti-biblical Teachings of BioLogos”

We have been tempted not to respond to this video. The people in his huge audience— those who are laughing at his remarks and applauding his words—are not going to be swayed into changing their opinion by anything we would say. There are millions in that audience and for them the choice is simple: what is most trustworthy—God’s written Word or as Mr. Ham terms it, “man’s historical science?” Mr. Ham is adept at speaking to the heart of their concerns.
September 27, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
52
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 6

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 6

Jesus’ Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 is the classic reference used by futurists to point to the future second coming of Christ.
September 27, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
7
 
Worshipping God with Science: The Test of FAITH Tour

Worshipping God with Science: The Test of FAITH Tour

The primary reason why a Christian should consider science as a career is because it offers unique opportunities to worship God.
September 26, 2011 
By Ruth Bancewicz 
Science as Christian Calling 
6
 
This Is My Father’s World

This Is My Father’s World

Of hymns that speak to a Christian understanding of the natural world and our place within it, perhaps none more familiar than Maltbie Babcock’s “This Is My Father’s World.”
September 25, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
Saturday Sermon: Heart of Darkness

Saturday Sermon: Heart of Darkness

In the Garden of Eden, Eve is tempted to put her own desires ahead of God’s call for her life. The serpent tells her that if she eats of the fruit she can become like God: she, in essence, can become the master of her own fate.
September 24, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
0
 
Neanderthals, Denisovans and Human Speciation

Neanderthals, Denisovans and Human Speciation

It is now possible to obtain and sequence DNA from Neanderthal remains, and the complete genome sequence of Neanderthals was published in early 2010. The results were fascinating...
September 23, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Human Origins 
98
 
A Geneticist’s Journey

A Geneticist’s Journey

Prior to analyzing her genome, investigators expected to find that either she was a human being like us, or she was a Neanderthal. What they found, however, no one was prepared for. No one!
September 23, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Genetics 
6
 
Quantum Leap, Part 4: John Polkinghorne’s Science

Quantum Leap, Part 4: John Polkinghorne’s Science

In his professional research, Polkinghorne was part of the team that began to challenge the longstanding conclusion that the smallest known particles that made up atoms were protons and neutrons. Experimental evidence suggested that there was something “inside” protons and neutrons.
September 23, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
1
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 3: Homology

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 3: Homology

The fossil data paint a picture of common descent. This means that, in some sense, a limb is a fin or, more specifically, a modified fin. In biology, there is a specific term for this kind of relationship. It's called homology.
September 22, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
12
 
Navigating the Crises

Navigating the Crises

In this video, Brian McLaren discusses the idea of surrogate arguments, in which a debate over one thing is really a means for arguing something completely different. According to McClaren, the argument over the age of the earth is one such argument.
September 21, 2011 
By Brian McLaren 
Christian Unity 
25
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 5

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 5

The interpretation I have presented in this essay is no doubt earth-shattering for some eschatological paradigms about the end times.
September 20, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
32
 
The Truthfulness of Scripture: Inerrancy, Part 2

The Truthfulness of Scripture: Inerrancy, Part 2

Jesus refers to the mustard seed as "the smallest of all seeds." From the context it is clear that Jesus was not making a botanical claim but drawing on the familiar experience of his hearers.
September 19, 2011 
By Michael Horton 
Biblical Authority 
18
 
Saturday Sermon: The Power of the Gospel

Saturday Sermon: The Power of the Gospel

BioLogos has been following a sermon series by Pastor Tim Keller entitled The Bible: The Whole Story-Redemption and Restoration.” The book of Romans masterfully addresses the solution to the issues raised in Genesis.
September 17, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Christ & New Creation 
0
 
Quantum Leap, Part 3: John Polkinghorne’s Faith

Quantum Leap, Part 3: John Polkinghorne’s Faith

In both his science and his faith commitments, Polkinghorne embraces Michael Polanyi’s thinking: “To commit myself to what I believe to be true, knowing that it may be false.”
September 16, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
7
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 2: Comparative Anatomy

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 2: Comparative Anatomy

Critics of evolution sometimes portray the theory as an untestable historical conjecture, depicting it as fundamentally different from experimental science in the lab. But the hunt for the earliest tetrapods was an effort to test a hypothesis that had generated a prediction.
September 16, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
35
 
Understanding Evolution: An Introduction to Populations and Speciation

Understanding Evolution: An Introduction to Populations and Speciation

One misconception of evolution among Christians (and even for students of biology) is that the production of new species is a sudden event, or one that begins through a single breeding pair. In reality, new species arise through incremental changes to populations, not individuals.
September 15, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
History of Life 
61
 
From Chaos to Order: The Random Process as the “Precision Tool

From Chaos to Order: The Random Process as the “Precision Tool"of God

For many, the importance of apparent randomness in evolution can be a major stumbling block when considering whether God could have created through an evolutionary process.
September 13, 2011 
By Ryan Pettey 
Divine Action & Purpose 
35
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 4

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 4

The first time that Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians, God’s providence was likened to the destruction of the heavens and earth and a return to a pre-creation chaotic state, a reversal of Genesis 1 language.
September 13, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
5
 
On Deciphering the Signature

On Deciphering the Signature

The interesting thing about this is that Steve Meyer and I are probably really in almost the same exact position when it comes to our core beliefs. We differ primarily in one regard.
September 12, 2011 
By Darrel Falk 
Design 
105
 
The Truthfulness of Scripture: Inerrancy, Part 1

The Truthfulness of Scripture: Inerrancy, Part 1

Against the repeated claim that the doctrine of inerrancy arose first with Protestant orthodoxy, we could cite numerous examples from the ancient and medieval church. It was Augustine who first coined the term "inerrant," and Luther and Calvin can speak of Scripture as free from error.
September 12, 2011 
By Michael Horton 
Biblical Authority 
8
 
Weekend Sermon: A Tale of Two Cities

Weekend Sermon: A Tale of Two Cities

This sermon is a clear reminder that we each have a choice. We can work to build cities that celebrate God’s love for us (the lineage of Seth), or we can live in the destructive lineage of Cain. May the spirit of prayer, humility, and love characterize the world’s cities on this the tenth anniversary of America’s most stark example of “The Tale of Two Cities.”
September 11, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Problem of Evil 
7
 
Quantum Leap, Part 2: Polkinghorne Leaves Physics for the Priesthood

Quantum Leap, Part 2: Polkinghorne Leaves Physics for the Priesthood

Weinberg and Polkinghorne famously sparred in a celebrated debate on the existence of God at the Natural History Museum. The showdown was a clash of two titans of science.
September 09, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
4
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 1

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 1

These animals, in all of their magnificent variety, seem to be built in very similar ways. It's as though some kind of master plan has been tweaked over and over, to make a huge collection of variations on a theme.
September 08, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
19
 
Ask an Evolutionary Creationist: A Q&A with Dennis Venema

Ask an Evolutionary Creationist: A Q&A with Dennis Venema

Even if Darwin had never lived and no one else had come up with the idea of common ancestry, modern genomics would have forced us to that conclusion even if there was no other evidence available.
September 07, 2011 
By Rachel Held Evans, Dennis Venema 
Education 
30
 
The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 3

The Collapsing Universe in the Bible, Part 3

The question arises: Is this “Day of the Lord,” or these “last days,” something yet to occur in the distant future, a part of the end of the space-time universe?
September 07, 2011 
By Brian Godawa 
Christ & New Creation 
29
 
Crayfish

Crayfish

Brandt sees the error of legalism in the Christian life as best represented by the crayfish’s hard, inflexible shell. A similarly “hard-shelled” faith means the constant process of renewing, growing and becoming more Christ-like is extremely difficult.
September 04, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Lives of Faith 
4
 
Saturday Sermon: God’s Autograph

Saturday Sermon: God’s Autograph

One of our readers in Oregon suggested that we would be interested in this, a sermon her pastor preached a couple of years ago. She’s right. Dr. Ben Cross, of First Baptist Church in Eugene holds a young earth view of creation. In this message he lays out various positions that evangelicals hold, including what he calls “theistic evolution.”
September 03, 2011 
By Ben Cross 
Christian Unity 
0
 
Quantum Leap, Part 1: Which Side Are You On?

Quantum Leap, Part 1: Which Side Are You On?

How does a leading scientist think about the more mysterious aspects of faith -- prayer, miracles, life after death, resurrection? How should people of faith approach science, especially when new scientific discoveries appear to contradict their religious beliefs?
September 02, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
5
 
The Painting of Water

The Painting of Water

The Renaissance was a time of renewed hubris as much as an age of innovation and discovery: water was something to be managed and exploited rather than feared.
September 02, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
The Galileo Affair: Emblematic or Exceptional?

The Galileo Affair: Emblematic or Exceptional?

On the morning of June 22, 1633 in the hall of the convent of Santa Maria sopra Minvera in Rome, Galileo Galilei knelt before the Lord-Cardinal Inquisitors-General and publicly abjured his false opinion that the sun was the motionless center of the universe.
September 01, 2011 
By Matt J. Rossano 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
7