Willing to be Wrong
The debate is often not about evidence, but about making sure that others do not transgress our interpretive boundaries and insist that we're wrong. We've bitten from the tree of knowledge and we love its taste.
Jesus the Artist
Speaking in parables is indeed similar to an artist’s craft. They create impressions, whole new worlds of meaning intended to turn old worlds on their heads.
“Come and See”: A Christ-centered Invitation for Science
Classical Christian orthodoxy as expressed in the Creeds begins at the beginning: nature owes its existence to and is sustained by Jesus Christ. One implication is that the best way of finding out about nature is to look at nature.
ENCODE and “Junk DNA,” Part 2: Function: What’s in a Word?
For most biologists, something biological has function if to contributes to the characteristics of an organism in such a way as to favor its reproduction (usually by favoring its survival).
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4
Scientist-theologians who write about TE also think about creation and theodicy in terms of divine “kenosis” and eschatology. So today we’ll conclude our “implications” section by returning to creational theology, and then turn to the ways TEs re-think Adam and Eve in light of human evolution.
ENCODE and “Junk DNA,” Part 1: All Good Concepts are Fuzzy
One of the challenges for my students learning biology is summed up in one of my favorite sayings (that I’m sure some students are tired of hearing from me): “All the good concepts are fuzzy.”
That’s where the ENCODE (short for Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) project comes in. Launched in September 2003, shortly after the announced completion of the Human Genome Project, the goal of the ENCODE project is “to build a comprehensive parts list of functional elements in the human genome."
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 3
My Christian faith teaches me to react to this picture in a different way. This picture of the huge universe reminds me how big God is.
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 2
Since God has revealed himself in both scripture and nature, we need to take both revelations seriously. Both revelations require human interpretation: scientists interpret the evidence in the natural world, and Christians interpret the Bible every time they read it.
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 1
In the last decade or two, our knowledge of the universe has grown dramatically as many new telescopes and spacecraft have come online. As a professional astronomer and a Christian, I feel God has called me to share these wonders with the Church.
Science, Christianity, and Homeschooling
Resilient learners and a robust faith can handle challenges. But the faith of the students my professor described was different— strong, but brittle; it did not have the resilience that comes through testing.
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 4
In our final post in this series, we examine a fourth line of evidence—tree rings and lake sediment layers (varves)—which suggest that the earth’s geological features cannot be explained by a global Flood.
The song is built around the image of a river flowing through a canyon it has sculpted—an image that can easily be played out as a picture of the way that the Lord has been at work preparing a path for us in the material world, complete with signposts to his former and present activity.
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 3
We find no compelling evidence that the earth’s geological features can be explained by a global Flood. Here we consider three lines of evidence: global salt deposits, the order of deposition of sediment layers in the Grand Canyon, and the sequence of fossils in geological strata.
Conversations in Creation
Since the BioLogos/Highway Media collaboration From the Dust made its worldwide debut this year, we’ve been excited to hear how others have been using the film to jump start their own conversations with fellow Christians about science and faith .
Using Film to Catalyze Conversations on Faith and Science
What are the best ways to spark productive conversations about science and faith? Certainly there are books, articles, blogs (like this one), and podcasts. But there are particular advantages to using film.
Science and Faith on a Secular Campus
While many Christian colleges actively seek to help their students engage issues of faith and science constructively, few secular colleges are active in promoting the conversation. As a professor at a secular school, how can I encourage my students to authentic engagement and dialogue on science and faith issues?
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3
As I stressed in my column about the YEC view, creationism is ultimately about theodicy—it’s not only about theodicy, to be sure, but the belief that animals must not have suffered and died before Adam and Eve committed the first sin is crucial to the “young” in Young Earth Creationism. To a significant degree, Theistic Evolution is also about theodicy.
Mending the Disconnect
How can it be that two things we love and treasure—two things that are absolutely central to ourselves and the lives we’ve built—seem so often to be at odds with each other?
The Questions Update: Why Should Christians Consider Evolutionary Creation?
At BioLogos, we view evolutionary creation as a description of how and when God brought about all the creatures on earth. We do not see God as distant from this process, for God did not just set up the universe at the beginning and let it go. Instead, he upholds the universe moment by moment, sustaining all things by the power of his word.
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 2
Young-Earth/Flood-Geology advocates consistently argue that “the plain reading of Scripture,” with six literal 24 days is the only interpretation of Genesis that is free of textual and theological problems. All other approaches are claimed to require hermeneutical manipulations that ultimately undermine the simple and clear message of the Bible.
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 1
As Christians and geologists, we frequently encounter people with stories of storm-tossed and shipwrecked faith that started when they began to wrestle with apparent conflicts between science and the Bible. The stories have a common thread...
Denisovans, Humans and the Chromosome 2 Fusion
The Denisovans, an extinct hominid group that interbred with modern humans, made the news again lately with the publication of a more detailed study of their genome. One of the many interesting findings was that the Denisovans share the same chromosome 2 fusion that modern humans have.
Did David Hume “Banish” Miracles?
“I flatter myself,” Hume triumphantly proclaimed, “that I have discovered an argument . . . which, if just, will, with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds of superstitious delusion, and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures.”
Divine Action in the World, Part 4
It is a very common idea that if you believe in miracles, you are somehow not accepting science. My conclusion is that that’s not true at all, either under the old or the new picture; there isn’t any conflict between thinking God acts specially in the world and enthusiastically endorsing all of contemporary physics or whatever science you like.
Divine Action in the World, Part 3
Classical science as such is perfectly consistent with special divine action including miracles, walking on water, rising from the dead, creating ex nihilo a full-grown horse, and so on. There is no science-religion conflict here at all; there is only a religion-metaphysics conflict.
Divine Action in the World, Part 2
Physics tells us lots of other things, but it does not go on to say “and furthermore the whole material or physical universe is a closed system”. That would be more like a theological or philosophical add on, that would not be part of the science just as such; you won’t find that in any physics textbooks.
Divine Action in the World, Part 1
I want to talk about a certain kind of objection to Christian belief that some people raise. They claim that central doctrines of Christianity are contrary to science, and therefore, are suspicious or incredible such that one can’t be rational in accepting them.