Southern Baptist Voices: Expressing Our Concerns, Part 2
For most Southern Baptists, including me, the historicity of Adam and Eve is a litmus test. Even a cursory reading of the Bible reveals why we believe this way. The New Testament authors treat Adam as a historical figure, and they interconnect the mission and work of Jesus with the first man.
Southern Baptist Voices: Expressing Our Concerns, Part 1
I thank Darrel Falk for the opportunity to write this brief essay for the BioLogos website. When Dr. Falk extended the invitation to me and other SBC seminary professors like me to write a series of essays, he knew full well that we would mostly express our concerns and disagreements with a number of BioLogos positions.
Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series
This week, we take that commitment to engage in charitable dialogue with those who disagree with us by posting the first of several essays from Southern Baptist scholars, along with our responses to their concerns and arguments—a series we are calling Southern Baptist Voices.
Making the Whale
This week’s artistic treatment of the great whales takes as its subject a more-storied and decidedly less-gentle member of the family, but returns to our fascination with and desire to know about whatever is dramatically not us.
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1
Many secular and many evangelical voices agree on one ‘truism’—that if you are an orthodox Christian with a high view of the authority of the Bible, you cannot believe in evolution in any form at all. New Atheist authors such as Richard Dawkins and creationist writers such as Ken Ham seem to have arrived at consensus on this.
Speciation and Macroevolution
A common challenge to evolutionary theory is that while life does indeed change over time (what is known as microevolution), no one has ever seen one species evolve into another species (macroevolution).
Possibilities and Second Chances
In today’s video, Dr. Rick Colling states that evolution is not merely the imposition of death and destruction and survival of the fittest. Rather, it is about second chances.
Creation, Cosmology, and the Insights of Thomas Aquinas
Developments in cosmology are often used to argue that contemporary science has eliminated the need to appeal to a creator to explain the origin and development of the universe.
Of all the earth’s creatures, few deserve the description of “awesome” as do whales. Counting among their kin the largest creatures that have ever lived, whales exist in a world that remains mysterious and remote.
Saturday Sermon: Gloriously Functional
Is Genesis 1 describing material creation or functional creation? Pastor Richard Dahlstrom of Bethany Community Church beautifully articulates the insights he has received through John Walton’s book The Lost World of Genesis One and probes deep into the Biblical text with us.
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 4
Now that we have covered significant ground with respect to what various classes of pseudogenes are and how they arise, we are now able to properly evaluate antievolutionary arguments put forward in an attempt to discredit these lines of evidence for evolution.
Science, Religion Can Coexist in School
On January 31st, the Indiana State Senate passed Senate Bill 89, allowing public schools to teach creationism alongside the theory of evolution in science classes. Unsurprisingly, it has breathed new life into a long-standing debate.
In today’s video, Brian McClaren talks about reconciliation in the face of differences. He offers insight into how to treat those whose opinions differ from yours and points out how to have constructive dialogue.
The Public Face of Religion in America
For 30 years, Alaska Airlines gave passengers little prayer cards with their meals. Most passengers liked them, but a minority complained. This wasn't a First Amendment battle, but the capitulation reflects the changing public face of religion in America.
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 6
Nor do Christians, using scientific tools, need to buy into Satan’s lie that a universe that appears to function in an orderly, natural way came into being and functions as it does all by itself. We Christians know better.
Oscillators for Singers
Dr. Heather Whitney’s double major in physics and performing and visual arts suggests that she lives—as well as understands—the connections between subjective and objective ways of engaging the creation. She is committed to communicating that experience with her students, too.
In today's video, Revd. Dr. David Wenham discusses how defending the Truth of scripture doesn't always require an ultra-literalistic interpretation.
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 14
One thing Darwin and Christianity agree upon is the naturalness of selfishness and death. Christianity and evolution are both rooted in the reality of violent competition, suffering, pain, and death.
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 5
As I see it, there is a deep sense of confusion about the true nature of science—among both Christians and non-Christians alike.
The Creation of Beauty
Physical death is a necessary and, perhaps, disconcerting element of the evolutionary process for many Christians. It is difficult to imagine a perfect and loving God designing such a universe where forces such as natural death and entropy operate.
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 3
In this post we’ll discuss the mechanism by which processed pseudogenes (literally "false genes") arise, and then discuss how a small fraction of them pick up functions and become “real” themselves.
In the Face of Evidence
In today's video, Rev. Dr. Michael Lloyd points out that it’s often the annoying things-- the things we want to deny and shut out-- that can actually improve and enlarge our worldview.