The Genesis of Everything, Part 4: The Place of Men and Women in Genesis 1
In Enuma elish the first man was fashioned out of the blood of the vanquished god, Kinju. The man was a product of the loser’s left-overs. In Genesis 1, however, we are told that men and women were created in the very image of God.
More Than Skin Deep: The Image of God in People with Disabilities
My students twinge and recoil a bit at the thought that persons with disabilities can be made in God’s image. “They just don’t look like it,” they say, zeroing in on what is physically seen.
The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 6
In this experiment, the researchers observed the new irreducibly complex system form step by step through “numerous, successive, slight modifications” to the previous IC system. At no point did those modifications remove the function of the original system, but in fact improved it.
Chosen by God, Part 3: Election, Evolution and Imago Dei
For many Christians, the most offensive aspect of Charles Darwin’s understanding of human origins is his contention that human beings are not biologically special or empirically distinct from animals.
Chosen by God, Part 2: What the Image and Likeness of God (Imago Dei) IS
As the elected high priests of creation, humans are called to intercede before God for the sake of the cosmos with the ultimate aim that all creatures should live in God’s presence.
Chosen by God, Part 1: What the Image and Likeness of God (Imago Dei) IS NOT
To take the authority of Scripture seriously, we must engage Scripture in light of its original languages and its original cultural context.
Are You There God? It’s Us, Scientists (Infographic)
The BioLogos Forum is pleased to present this infographic about religious belief among scientists. The graphic uses data from the Pew Research Center, Rice University, and quotations from scientists assembled in a recent Huffington Post article.
The Genesis of Everything, Part 3: The Purpose of Genesis 1
The opening section of the Bible appears to have been written to provide a picture of physical and social reality that debunks the views held by pagan cultures of the time. In short, Genesis 1 is a piece of subversive theology.
Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to John Hammett, Part 2
This sort of account is often overlooked by Christians and scientifically-educated religious skeptics alike, because both camps tend to assume an extremely reductionist view of the physical world.
Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to John Hammett, Part 1
The Scriptures teach that we human beings have been created in God’s image. What does that mean? I am in substantial agreement with Dr. Hammett on this question.
Southern Baptist Voices: Evolutionary Creationism and the Imago Dei
I wish to question whether or not it is possible for the image of God to be produced through the evolutionary process apart from the special intervention of God.
Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1
Derived from the word “concord,” meaning a state of harmony, “concordism” has been used sparingly in English for more than a century. However, its prominence today comes from a thoroughly scholarly book written shortly after World War Two.
N.T. Wright on What It Means To Be An Image Bearer
In this video conversation, N.T. Wright considers what it means to be an image bearer of God. He suggests that what the book of Genesis and the apostle Paul mean by humans bearing the image of God is less a static picture and more of a creative, dynamic proposition-- specifically, how we "reflect" God into the world.
The Genesis of Everything, Part 2: The Genre of Genesis 1
Within the Bible alone we can discern not only poetry and prose but also legal formula, historical report, parable, aphorism, prophecy, hyperbole, creed, hymn, epistle, prophetic lament, homily and apocalyptic. All of these must be read differently and were so by ancient audiences.
Randomness and Evolution: Is There Room for God? (Videocast)
This BioLogos videocast addresses the idea of randomness as a part of natural selection, and whether it challenges the possibility of God using the evolutionary process as a means of creation.
The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 5
In a chapter called “The two binding-sites rule”, Behe lays out his argument for defining the “edge”– the limit of what random mutation and selection can do to create new protein-protein binding sites.
The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian
I am a Christian. I believe that God is the ultimate reality and that the world, including me, was created by God. But this is not just an idle affirmation, a faith statement to be recited in church on Sunday.
Many people use the words "dominion" and "subdue" as "unconditional permission to use the world as they please." I came to realize, like many, that such an interpretation is contradicted by the rest of the Bible.
What is Scientism?
Scientism is a rather strange word, but for reasons that we shall see, a useful one. Though this term has been coined rather recently, it is associated with many other “isms” with long and turbulent histories: materialism, naturalism, reductionism, empiricism, and positivism.
The Genesis of Everything, Part 1
Sometimes in literature what is meant and what is said do not have a one to one correspondence. In metaphor, for example, what is meant is greater than what is said (‘The Lord is my shepherd’, Ps. 23:1). In hyperbole what is meant is less than what is said (‘If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away’, Mt. 5:30).
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 4
A Christian who carries on discussions with those who differ should not be subject to the psychology of the boxing ring where the contestants are bent upon demolishing one another. Rather, "The Lord's servant must not quarrel: instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." (2 Tim 2:24)
Part of our mission is to foster Christ-like dialogue around issues of science and Christianity, particularly when those with whom we’re in conversation do not agree with our interpretations of scientific facts or specific Bible passages. Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff adds another key insight: that we are called to honor them as well.
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 3
We must ever strive to take account of the fullness of biblical revelation to have the boldness to advance as far as it leads, and the restraint to stop in our speculations where the Bible ceases to provide guidance.
The Transit of Venus
Today we have a chance to witness a special moment in history as Venus transits across the disk of the Sun for people across the world to see. Not only is this process of discovery exciting for natural science, but it has profound theological ramifications as well.
Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2
Indeed, commitment to a young earth and Flood Geology remained on the periphery of fundamentalism until the publication of The Genesis Flood, by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris, in 1961.
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 2
When we are unwilling to acknowledge our fallibility, we reveal that we are more interested in winning a discussion and safeguarding our reputation than in the discovery and triumph of truth.
For the Love of the World: John Stott and His Passion for Creation
Some criticized John for his theistic evolutionary position and even his appreciation for Darwin. But Stott saw no contradiction between his own commitment to the authority of Scripture and his openness to God’s use of evolution in His creative process.
Polemic Theology: How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 1
We owe it to our opponents to deal with them in such a way that they may sense that we have a real interest in them as persons, that we are not simply trying to win an argument or show how smart we are, but that we are deeply interested in them.
Fine-tuning and the “Fruitful Universe”
I ask the question, “Why is the universe so special?” Now scientists don’t like things to be special; we like things to be general, and our natural anticipation would have been that the universe is just a common specimen of what a universe might be like.