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June 2012

The Genesis of Everything, Part 4: The Place of Men and Women in Genesis 1

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.
June 30, 2012 
By John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
19
 
More Than Skin Deep: The Image of God in People with Disabilities

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.
June 29, 2012 
By Kathy McReynolds 
Image of God 
12
 
The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 6

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.
June 28, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
69
 
Chosen by God, Part 3: Election, Evolution and Imago Dei

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.
June 27, 2012 
By Joshua M. Moritz 
Image of God 
34
 
Chosen by God, Part 2: What the Image and Likeness of God (Imago Dei) IS

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.
June 26, 2012 
By Joshua M. Moritz 
Image of God 
17
 
Chosen by God, Part 1: What the Image and Likeness of God (Imago Dei) IS NOT

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.
June 25, 2012 
By Joshua M. Moritz 
Image of God 
8
 
Are You There God? It’s Us, Scientists (Infographic)

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.
June 24, 2012 
 
Science & Worldviews 
51
 
The Genesis of Everything, Part 3: The Purpose of Genesis 1

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.
June 23, 2012 
By John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
25
 
Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to John Hammett, Part 2

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.
June 22, 2012 
By Tim O'Connor 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
25
 
Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to John Hammett, Part 1

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.
June 21, 2012 
By Tim O'Connor 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
0
 
Southern Baptist Voices: Evolutionary Creationism and the Imago Dei

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.
June 20, 2012 
By John Hammett 
Image of God 
0
 
Science and the Bible: Concordism, Part 1

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.
June 19, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
42
 
N.T. Wright on What It Means To Be An Image Bearer

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.
June 18, 2012 
By N.T. Wright 
 
3
 
The Genesis of Everything, Part 2: The Genre of Genesis 1

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.
June 16, 2012 
By John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
26
 
Randomness and Evolution: Is There Room for God? (Videocast)

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.
June 15, 2012 
By Joy Walters 
Divine Action & Purpose 
10
 
The Evolutionary Origins of Irreducible Complexity, Part 5

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.
June 14, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
28
 
The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

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.
June 13, 2012 
By Karl Giberson 
Science as Christian Calling 
23
 
Being Fruitful

Being Fruitful

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.
June 12, 2012 
By Michael Lipford 
Science as Christian Calling 
2
 
What is Scientism?

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.
June 11, 2012 
By Thomas Burnett 
Science & Worldviews 
51
 
The Genesis of Everything, Part 1

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).
June 09, 2012 
By John P. Dickson 
Biblical Interpretation 
20
 
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 4

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)
June 08, 2012 
By Roger Nicole 
Christian Unity 
1
 
Honor Everyone

Honor Everyone

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.
June 07, 2012 
By Nicholas Wolterstorff 
 
1
 
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 3

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.
June 06, 2012 
By Roger Nicole 
Christian Unity 
0
 
The Transit of Venus

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.
June 05, 2012 
By Faith Tucker 
Earth, Universe & Time 
8
 
Science and the Bible: Scientific Creationism, Part 2

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.
June 05, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Biblical Interpretation 
63
 
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 2

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.
June 04, 2012 
By Roger Nicole 
Christian Unity 
1
 
For the Love of the World: John Stott and His Passion for Creation

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.
June 03, 2012 
By Corey Widmer 
Lives of Faith 
8
 
Polemic Theology: How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us, Part 1

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.
June 02, 2012 
By Roger Nicole 
Christian Unity 
0
 
Fine-tuning and the “Fruitful Universe”

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.
June 01, 2012 
By John Polkinghorne 
Design 
15