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September 2012

Willing to be Wrong

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.
September 29, 2012 
By Randal Hardman 
Christian Unity 
53
 
Jesus the Artist

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.
September 28, 2012 
By Pete Enns 
Christ & New Creation 
6
 
“Come and See”:  A Christ-centered Invitation for Science

“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.
September 27, 2012 
By Mark Noll 
Christ & New Creation 
5
 
ENCODE and “Junk DNA,” Part 2: Function: What’s in a Word?

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).
September 26, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
37
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 4

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.
September 25, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
132
 
ENCODE and “Junk DNA,” Part 1: All Good Concepts are Fuzzy

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.”
September 24, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
17
 
Decoding ENCODE

Decoding ENCODE

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."
September 21, 2012 
By Stephen Mapes 
Genetics 
86
 
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 3

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.
September 21, 2012 
By Deborah Haarsma 
Astronomy & Physics, Earth, Universe & Time, Worship & Arts 
1
 
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 2

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.
September 20, 2012 
By Deborah Haarsma 
Astronomy & Physics, Earth, Universe & Time, Worship & Arts 
17
 
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Part 1

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.
September 19, 2012 
By Deborah Haarsma 
Astronomy & Physics, Earth, Universe & Time, Worship & Arts 
16
 
Science, Christianity, and Homeschooling

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.
September 18, 2012 
By Abigail McFarthing 
Education 
12
 
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 4

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.
September 17, 2012 
By Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth 
Earth, Universe & Time 
10
 
Stumble On

Stumble On

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.
September 16, 2012 
By Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 3

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.
September 15, 2012 
By Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth 
Earth, Universe & Time 
22
 
Conversations in Creation

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 .
September 14, 2012 
 
Christian Unity 
0
 
Using Film to Catalyze Conversations on Faith and Science

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.
September 13, 2012 
By David Vosburg 
Education 
1
 
Science and Faith on a Secular Campus

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?
September 12, 2012 
By David Vosburg 
Education 
3
 
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 3

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.
September 11, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Problem of Evil 
160
 
Mending the Disconnect

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?
September 10, 2012 
By Lara Touryan-Whelan 
Education 
13
 
The Questions Update: Why Should Christians Consider Evolutionary Creation?

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.
September 09, 2012 
 
Christian Unity 
6
 
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 2

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.
September 08, 2012 
By Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth 
Earth, Universe & Time 
41
 
Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 1

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...
September 07, 2012 
By Gregg Davidson, Ken Wolgemuth 
Earth, Universe & Time 
25
 
Denisovans, Humans and the Chromosome 2 Fusion

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.
September 06, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, Human Origins 
52
 
Did David Hume “Banish” Miracles?

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.”
September 05, 2012 
By Rick Kennedy 
Divine Action & Purpose 
22
 
Divine Action in the World, Part 4

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.
September 04, 2012 
By Alvin Plantinga 
Divine Action & Purpose 
34
 
Divine Action in the World, Part 3

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.
September 03, 2012 
By Alvin Plantinga 
Divine Action & Purpose 
12
 
Divine Action in the World, Part 2

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.
September 02, 2012 
By Alvin Plantinga 
Divine Action & Purpose 
0
 
Divine Action in the World, Part 1

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.
September 01, 2012 
By Alvin Plantinga 
Divine Action & Purpose 
25