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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.