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October 2011

Sites and Sounds

Sites and Sounds

What should not be lost here is that even the most ornate and exquisite window is more than something to be looked at, wherein the light coming from behind and through the glass illuminates the story told there on the surface.
October 29, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
0
 
Breaking Free of the Enlightenment’s Shackles

Breaking Free of the Enlightenment’s Shackles

Pete Shaw, the senior pastor of Crosswalk Community Church in Napa California, offers a brief history of the interactions between science and faith in the first segment of his sermon.
October 29, 2011 
By Pete Shaw 
Science & Worldviews 
7
 
Mitochondrial Eve, Y-Chromosome Adam, and Reasons to Believe

Mitochondrial Eve, Y-Chromosome Adam, and Reasons to Believe

When presented with the evidence for human population sizes over our evolutionary history, a common point of confusion for evangelicals is how this evidence fits with Mitochondrial Eve. How can we all come from one woman (and one man) but also come from a large population of 10,000 individuals?
October 28, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
Human Origins 
74
 
Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 5

Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 5

There are three things I am much more concerned about than any particular position on evolutionary science.
October 27, 2011 
By David Swaim 
Creation & Origins 
25
 
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World!

Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World!

As much as I sympathize with Giberson and Stephens, I am concerned that one of their central assumptions—that there is a divide between ‘secular knowledge’ and Christian—essentially undermines their very pursuit of a middle ground where the two can be ‘integrated’.
October 26, 2011 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
74
 
Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 4

Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 4

So why do some Christians fight so vigorously against the very idea of evolution? I suspect that one reason is confusion between evolution and atheism.
October 25, 2011 
By David Swaim 
Creation & Origins 
16
 
Confidence and Slippery Slopes

Confidence and Slippery Slopes

In today’s video, Pastor Brian McClaren notes that the metaphor "slippery slopes" is problematic, because we often assume that we are on the top of the slope to begin with, when in fact changing our views may help us ascend the slope, or to reach a new peak of understanding on the other side.
October 24, 2011 
By Brian McLaren 
Pastoral Voices 
3
 
The Water Is Wide

The Water Is Wide

While in common parlance we tend to think of something being “co-opted” as a bad thing and a violation of original principles or intentions, the word itself does not imply a “hijacking” so much as a divergence with connection: co-operation between one use and another.
October 22, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
9
 
Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 3

Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 3

I contend that there’s more truth—about theology, anthropology, ecology, spirituality, human dignity, and human responsibility—packed into this short chapter than a hundred normal books could describe on their own.
October 21, 2011 
By David Swaim 
Creation & Origins 
17
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 6

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 6

We will conclude our series by addressing two interesting questions that have come up along the way and by looking closely at the meaning of purpose and design in the context of evolutionary explanation.
October 20, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
25
 
The Source of Human Value

The Source of Human Value

In this video, physicist Ard Louis describes that our value and purpose do not come from whether or not we were created by an evolutionary mechanism. Evolution may tell us something about how we were created, but it is not the source of our worth.
October 19, 2011 
By Ard Louis 
Morality & Ethics 
14
 
Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 2

Maker of Heaven and Earth, Part 2

Open your Bibles up and let’s look together at Genesis chapter one. Sadly, I think that most translations of the first words of the Bible get us started on the wrong foot.
October 18, 2011 
By David Swaim 
Creation & Origins 
22
 
Maker of Heaven and Earth

Maker of Heaven and Earth

I fear that many of us ask the wrong questions about the beginning of the book of Genesis. Not only does this generate needless confusion and division, it also makes us miss the life-changing truths that we could see if we asked the right questions.
October 17, 2011 
By David Swaim 
Creation & Origins 
15
 
The Purpose of Dogs

The Purpose of Dogs

The remarkable cooperative relationship between humans and canines was the subject of the most recent edition of NOVA, which examined the natural history of the domesticated dog and of the capabilities that have made it so successful in the company of people.
October 16, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
History of Life 
18
 
Art, Worship, Creation, and Imaginative Engagement

Art, Worship, Creation, and Imaginative Engagement

We should not be ashamed of the fact that our faith integrates spirit and body; our faith calls us to regard the stuff of creation in all of its materiality as good, and thus offers the best starting point for the practice and pleasure of art.
October 15, 2011 
By Ken Myers 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Speciation and Incomplete Lineage Sorting

Speciation and Incomplete Lineage Sorting

One consequence of speciation being a population event is that populations have genetic diversity – not all members of the population are genetically identical. For any particular gene, then, a population may have several slightly different forms present within it. These different forms are called alleles.
October 14, 2011 
By Dennis Venema 
History of Life 
11
 
Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

A five-year project headed by the Barna Group explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a rapidly shifting culture.
October 13, 2011 
 
Christian Unity 
11
 
Evolution: Is God Just Playing Dice?

Evolution: Is God Just Playing Dice?

With his standard panache, the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould argued strenuously that evolution had no inherent directionality. We are mere accidents; a "tiny twig on an improbable branch of a contingent limb on a fortunate tree".
October 11, 2011 
By Matt J. Rossano 
Divine Action & Purpose 
154
 
The Clever Trout

The Clever Trout

The Psalmists observed that both the starry heavens above and also “everything that hath breath” praises the Lord; but is this more than a flowery anthropomorphism, a poetic but ultimately meaningless trope?
October 09, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne

Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne

Across the river is the building where Polkinghorne used to live, the President’s Lodge. It is where he designed the crest for his presidency, imprinted with what has become one of his favorite scripture verses – I Thessalonians 5:21 “Test everything. Hold fast to what is true.”
October 07, 2011 
By Dean Nelson, Karl Giberson 
Lives of Faith 
0
 
New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 5

New Limbs from Old Fins, Part 5

Until quite recently, there were fairly compelling reasons to think that the development of hands and feet involved completely new processes. Beginning just a few years ago, however, new data began to point to a different conclusion.
October 06, 2011 
By Stephen Matheson 
History of Life 
1
 
Gaining Perspective

Gaining Perspective

In today’s video, Michael Ramsden discusses the humility and openness we need to have before we approach Scripture.
October 05, 2011 
By Michael Ramsden 
Biblical Interpretation 
3
 
Rediscovering the Science of the Middle Ages

Rediscovering the Science of the Middle Ages

Most people still assume that the Middle Ages were a period entirely benighted by violence, superstition and stagnation. Echoing the enlightenment historian Edward Gibbon, some commentators today even blame Christianity for causing the "Dark Ages".
October 04, 2011 
By James Hannam 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
6
 
Christians Care about Science and Theology

Christians Care about Science and Theology

Here are ten reasons Christians should care deeply about issues emerging from the science-and-theology interface.
October 03, 2011 
By Thomas Jay Oord 
Christian Unity 
31
 
Midwest Meander

Midwest Meander

As believers, we are not called upon to shore up the walls, rebuild the defensive levee, and channel the river into something manageable, but to understand the ultimate direction of the watercourse and cast ourselves into it.
October 02, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
0
 
Saturday Sermon: John Piper on Genesis 1:26-28

Saturday Sermon: John Piper on Genesis 1:26-28

In this message, John Piper, one of America's most loved pastors explores the sense in which creation "begs for completeness."
October 01, 2011 
By John Piper 
Image of God 
0
 
An Invitation to Write about Science & Religion

An Invitation to Write about Science & Religion

Unfortunately our educational system is structured to provide training in science or religion but not both. The result is a stilted and uninformed cultural conversation with a high level of illiteracy on both sides of the table.
October 01, 2011 
By Karl Giberson 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
6