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March 2012

Southern Baptist Voices: Expressing Our Concerns, Part 2

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.
February 29, 2012 
By Kenneth Keathley 
Biblical Interpretation 
7
 
Southern Baptist Voices:  Expressing Our Concerns, Part 1

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.
February 28, 2012 
By Kenneth Keathley 
Biblical Interpretation 
0
 
Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series

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.
February 27, 2012 
By Darrel Falk, Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
4
 
Making the Whale

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.
February 26, 2012 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

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.
February 24, 2012 
By Tim Keller 
Pastoral Voices 
62
 
Speciation and Macroevolution

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).
February 23, 2012 
By Kelsey Luoma 
History of Life 
37
 
Possibilities and Second Chances

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.
February 22, 2012 
By Richard Colling 
Genetics 
0
 
Creation, Cosmology, and the Insights of Thomas Aquinas

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.
February 21, 2012 
By Dr. William E. Carroll 
Earth, Universe & Time 
8
 
Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

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.
February 19, 2012 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
40
 
Saturday Sermon: Gloriously Functional

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.
February 18, 2012 
By Richard Dahlstrom 
Creation & Origins 
25
 
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 4

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.
February 17, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
19
 
Science, Religion Can Coexist in School

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.
February 16, 2012 
By Ross Pomeroy 
Education 
88
 
Reconciliation

Reconciliation

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.
February 15, 2012 
By Brian McLaren 
Christian Unity 
20
 
The Public Face of Religion in America

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.
February 14, 2012 
By Carl M. Canon 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
26
 
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 6

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.
February 12, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
72
 
Oscillators for Singers

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.
February 12, 2012 
By Heather Whitney 
Worship & Arts 
0
 
Discerning Intention

Discerning Intention

In today's video, Revd. Dr. David Wenham discusses how defending the Truth of scripture doesn't always require an ultra-literalistic interpretation.
February 08, 2012 
By David Wenham 
Biblical Interpretation 
1
 
Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: Part 14

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.
February 07, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Education 
16
 
Let’s Not Surrender Science to the Secular World! Part 5

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.
February 06, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
77
 
The Creation of Beauty

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.
February 04, 2012 
By Michael Gungor 
Problem of Evil 
0
 
Is There “Junk” in Your Genome? Part 3

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.
February 03, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
64
 
In the Face of Evidence

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.
February 01, 2012 
By Michael Lloyd 
Science & Worldviews 
26