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January 2012

Behold, the Man

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.
January 31, 2012 
By David Opderbeck 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
163
 
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 13

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.
January 30, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
42
 
Small Brown Job

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.
January 28, 2012 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
0
 
The Fall

The Fall

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.”
January 28, 2012 
By Michael Gungor 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
0
 
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 12

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.
January 27, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
30
 
A Quest for God, Part 5

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.
January 26, 2012 
By Aron Wall 
Christ & New Creation 
1
 
Mystery and Faith

Mystery and Faith

In today’s video, Michael Ramsden discusses the importance and meaning of mystery in the Bible.
January 25, 2012 
By Michael Ramsden 
Pastoral Voices 
2
 
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 4

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.
January 24, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
8
 
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 11

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.”
January 23, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
4
 
Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution, Part 3

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.
January 22, 2012 
By Jeff R. Warren 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
0
 
A Quest for God, Part 4

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.
January 20, 2012 
By Aron Wall 
Christ & New Creation 
3
 
Where is the Genetic Evidence for Evolution?

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.
January 19, 2012 
By Kelsey Luoma 
Genetics 
49
 
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 2

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.
January 19, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
28
 
Revealing God’s Nature

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.
January 18, 2012 
By Brian McLaren 
Biblical Interpretation 
0
 
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 10

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.
January 17, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Christ & New Creation 
12
 
Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution, Part 2

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.
January 15, 2012 
By Jeff R. Warren 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
11
 
Theological Implications of Human Genomics, Part 2

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?
January 14, 2012 
By Denis Alexander 
Genetics, Image of God 
3
 
A Quest for God, Part 3

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.
January 13, 2012 
By Aron Wall 
Christ & New Creation 
8
 
A Lively God

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.
January 11, 2012 
By Lincoln Harvey 
Biblical Authority 
25
 
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 6: Evolutionary Metaphysics

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).
January 10, 2012 
By Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
150
 
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 9

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.
January 09, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
34
 
He Who Has Ears: Music, Neuroscience, and Evolution

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.
January 08, 2012 
By Jeff R. Warren 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
11
 
Jesus, History and Mount Darwin: Part 8

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.”
January 06, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
2
 
A Quest for God, Part 2

A Quest for God, Part 2

Hi Aron, thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I am still skeptical. Please consider the following...
January 05, 2012 
By Aron Wall 
Christ & New Creation 
32
 
An Unfolding Creation

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.
January 04, 2012 
By Kerry Fulcher 
Image of God 
11
 
Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 5: Evolutionary Metaphysics

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.
January 03, 2012 
By Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
47