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November 2011

Narrative Theology

Narrative Theology

When addressing the science and faith dialogue, one of the first things we must look at is how we interpret scripture. In today's video, Nancey Murphy discusses the importance of narratives as a tool for the ancient writers to teach theological truths, especially about the nature of creation.
November 30, 2011 
By Nancey Murphy 
Biblical Interpretation 
13
 
Dead Bones with a Living Message

Dead Bones with a Living Message

In this video, Pääbo covers a lot of ground, noting several lines of genetic evidence for the evolution of modern humans from earlier hominids in Africa, as well as for the interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals.
November 29, 2011 
By Darrel Falk, Stephen Mapes 
Human Origins 
1
 
Evidences for Evolution, Part 2b: The Whales’ Tale

Evidences for Evolution, Part 2b: The Whales’ Tale

If evolution is true, whales are related to the even-toed hoofed mammals, and there should be transitional fossil forms dating from about 45 to 50 million years ago.
November 28, 2011 
By David Kerk 
History of Life 
20
 
Problems with Defining Science Using the Falsification Criterion

Problems with Defining Science Using the Falsification Criterion

Unfortunately, things are not so simple in the real world of science. It turns out that whether or not an emerald is observed to be green depends on how it is observed, and who is doing the observing.
November 27, 2011 
By Steven Benner 
Science & Worldviews 
14
 
Science is Empowering But Hard to Define

Science is Empowering But Hard to Define

It is easy to be confused about what science is and what scientists do. In part, this is because scientists do so many different things in so many different ways.
November 26, 2011 
By Steven Benner 
Science & Worldviews 
55
 
Gratitude

Gratitude

Of all the blessings to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, none of them surpasses the riches of the eternal blessings which the Lord has bestowed on his sons and daughters in Christ Jesus.
November 24, 2011 
By Mark Swarner 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
A Paradigm of Compatibility

A Paradigm of Compatibility

In today’s video, Brian McLaren explains his own comfort with accepting Scripture and evolution, seeing the process of evolution as a wonderful opportunity for adaptation, growth, and development and a reflection of God’s glory.
November 23, 2011 
By Brian McLaren 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
1
 
Misconceptions About Evolution, Part 2

Misconceptions About Evolution, Part 2

Evolutionary theory is not in crisis; scientists accept evolution as the best explanation for life's diversity because of the multiple lines of evidence supporting it, its broad power to explain biological phenomena, and its ability to make accurate predictions in a wide variety of situations.
November 22, 2011 
 
History of Life 
45
 
Misconceptions About Evolution, Part 1

Misconceptions About Evolution, Part 1

The website Understanding Evolution, hosted by The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, offers its readers numerous helpful resources regarding the science and history of evolutionary biology.
November 21, 2011 
 
History of Life 
9
 
Saturday Sermon: The Failure of Religion

Saturday Sermon: The Failure of Religion

In the last verses of Romans 2, the Apostle Paul relates the “failure of religion because of the terrible beauty of the Law” to the need for a regenerate heart.
November 19, 2011 
By Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
1
 
“Centered”: The Language of Science and Faith

“Centered”: The Language of Science and Faith

In a recent interview with the Sirius XM radio show Centered, Karl Giberson sat down with host Don Belanus to discuss the book The Language of Science and Faith.
November 18, 2011 
By Karl Giberson 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
3
 
The Human Fossil Record, Part 8: Evolution in Early Homo

The Human Fossil Record, Part 8: Evolution in Early Homo

So far, we have focused on early Homo remains in eastern Africa. Now we can turn our attention to the rest of the continent.
November 17, 2011 
By James Kidder 
Human Origins 
10
 
Life and Death

Life and Death

If you go back into the Genesis account, it says “now do not eat this or you will surely die”. There is a whole chain of events that happens when Adam and Eve decide they want to walk away from God.
November 16, 2011 
By Michael Ramsden 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
4
 
Creation? Which Creation?

Creation? Which Creation?

In addressing the subject of creation, William P. Brown contends that there is not one story but seven contained in the sacred texts of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The books of Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah each provide unique perspectives of the natural world.
November 15, 2011 
By Thomas Burnett 
Creation & Origins 
59
 
Orb Weaver

Orb Weaver

Clearly, the orb weaver is a powerful symbol of both spiritual and creative truth for Suzanne Rhodes—something wonderful and beautiful. But my own experience with orb weavers was somewhat less poetic...
November 13, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Seeing the Flood Story Through an Ancient Israelite Lens

Seeing the Flood Story Through an Ancient Israelite Lens

Pete Shaw highlights the story of Noah to explore how the story would have been understood in ancient times and from there he goes on to explore how we might consider it today.
November 12, 2011 
By Pete Shaw 
Biblical Interpretation 
2
 
What Does the Fossil Record Show?

What Does the Fossil Record Show?

Organisms have changed significantly over time. In rocks more than 1 billion years old, only fossils of single-celled organisms are found. Moving to rocks that are about 550 million years old, fossils of simple, multicellular animals can be found.
November 11, 2011 
 
History of Life 
6
 
Biblical Genre and Relational Truth

Biblical Genre and Relational Truth

In today’s video, theologian Chris Tilling discusses biblical genre and the relational truth of Scripture. Tilling notes that when we read the Biblical text, we bring our own presuppositions and assumptions to the text (what theologians call “eisegesis”).
November 07, 2011 
By Chris Tilling 
Biblical Interpretation 
10
 
Oyster and Pearl

Oyster and Pearl

That something nourishing resides hidden away in the most unexpected and unglamorous of places speaks to the paradoxical hiddenness of God.
November 06, 2011 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
What, Exactly, is the Secular World? A Response to Mark Mann

What, Exactly, is the Secular World? A Response to Mark Mann

We can say—and I have said this—that “All Truth is God’s Truth,” but such a claim turns out to be quite empty in helping us figure out which claims are actually true.
November 04, 2011 
By Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
15
 
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 2: Defining Gnosticism

Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 2: Defining Gnosticism

Gnosticism began to exert influence on Christianity almost from the moment that the apostles first began to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
November 02, 2011 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
9
 
Science as Our Priestly Vocation

Science as Our Priestly Vocation

I wonder whether or not the growing dualism or growing conflict between science and religion is actually a rebellion of the creature, failure of us to see the generosity of God.
November 01, 2011 
By Lincoln Harvey 
Science as Christian Calling 
3