Behold, the Man
Anyone interested in the faith and science conversation knows that there currently is considerable, heated debate over the problem of “Adam.” I’d like to suggest that this argument is in significant ways misplaced.
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 13
We did not make it to the top of Mount Darwin. No story of triumph here, intellectual or physical. The story is one of companionship and recognition of academic strengths and weaknesses.
Small Brown Job
Public conversation seems to center on the implication that there will come a time when we will have no more need of investigation because we will know how things really work. But in practice, few scientists expect that sort of grand-scale closure.
The lyrics begin by painting a picture of the Fall as something in which each person has participated: “The fruit (of the Fall of man) is seen in every eye and every hand.”
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 12
Christians often insist on too many things. The Bible tells us there is only one absolutely critical thing: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as a historical event.
A Quest for God, Part 5
If you end up in the future becoming confident in a version of Christianity which is a bit different than the one you were originally taught, remember to be kind to those who hold versions of Christianity that you reject, just like the apostles accepted each other even when they did not always see things exactly the same way.
Mystery and Faith
In today’s video, Michael Ramsden discusses the importance and meaning of mystery in the Bible.
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 4
We find scripture filled with metaphor, simile, hyperbole, irony, and numerous other literary forms that make it problematic to apply a plain reading to the entire Bible.
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 11
John Locke asserted that information, at every stage of being passed on, becomes proportionally less credible. Locke extended this formula to both oral and written testimony-- “the farther still it is from the original, the less valid it is, and has always less force.”
Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution, Part 3
Since musical experience is bound to human relationships and seems to have predated language, it may have been the key to one of the most important periods in human history: the development of culture.
A Quest for God, Part 4
It seems very hard to trust a particular set of ancient records that are 2000 years old even if there seems to be a high degree of corroboration with other records.
Where is the Genetic Evidence for Evolution?
The discovery of DNA has revolutionized our understanding of common descent, particularly in the past few decades. Mutated genes spread through populations over generations, leading to evolutionary change. In this podcast, we look at several examples of genetic evidence for evolution.
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 2
Despite their somewhat mysterious nature, transposon sequences make up a staggering 45% or more of our genome. They are the perfect parasites: using their host to provide resources, they maintain a “lifestyle” so simple that replication is essentially their only feature.
Revealing God’s Nature
In today's video, Brian McLaren discusses the value of considering Scripture in light of the cultures that surrounded them. The Biblical writers were aware of the myths of the power nations that surrounded them, but flipped their stories on their heads to reveal truth about God.
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 10
The life of Jesus is noisy. A cacophony of information reaches through two thousand years to communicate with us. In the Bible alone we have four organized biographical sketches, Luke’s history of the first decades after Jesus, and a bunch of letters.
Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution, Part 2
While neuroscience has debunked some popular views like the Mozart effect, the neuroscience of music has also perpetuated some problematic myths.
Theological Implications of Human Genomics, Part 2
Theologians have spent many centuries mining the rich vein of the 'image of God' metaphor. Do recent advances in genomics threaten or support such a view of humankind, or are they just neutral?
A Quest for God, Part 3
If you are right, this leads to another question, which is why God lets his people get so confused about something so fundamental to Christianity.
A Lively God
In today's video, Rev. Lincoln Harvey discusses our desire to "domesticate" the liveliness and abundance of God. Harvey notes that the Trinity highlights both the manyness and oneness of God, which can be hard to Christians to fully understand.
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics
Though coined in 1945, the term sociobiology exploded into public consciousness through the Pulitzer prize-winning writings of Edward O Wilson in his Sociobiology: the Modern Synthesis (1975), and On Human Nature (1978).
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 9
Modern academic tradition tends to try and maintain order. For historians it behooves us professionally to avoid accounts of alleged spiritual events.
He Who Has Ears: Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution
Thinking carefully about music and evolution can also help us reassess how we use music now: in the wider culture, collectively as the church, and even within our own homes.
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 8
Summiting is, to use the cliché, a mountain-top experience. Darwin assumed that “everyone must know the feeling of triumph and pride which a grand view from a height communicates to the mind.”
A Quest for God, Part 2
Hi Aron, thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I am still skeptical. Please consider the following...
An Unfolding Creation
When we get stuck on the idea of having biological ancestors, we can miss the point that being made in the image of God is a relational quality, not a biological trait. We can communicate and have a relationship with God, and we can reflect his character and represent him to the rest of creation.
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics
Some Christians reject evolution by natural selection because of metaphysics. But it is not, I believe, Christian metaphysics that is the most important cause of suspicion of evolution. It is evolutionary metaphysics.