Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 2
The fourteenth century became a scientific golden age when much of the groundwork was laid for ideas that later ended up in the books of Copernicus and Galileo. Let me give a couple of examples.
Medieval Christianity and the Rise of Modern Science, Part 1
There has been no great conflict between science and religion: on the contrary, Christianity was an essential factor in the rise of modern science.
Can Science Ever Know Enough?
To say something is poetic is not to declare it ultimately untrue, futile and meaningless—it is to say it is more profound and meaningful and true than many other modes of expression.
We tend to think of creativity in terms of flashes of insight and brilliance, of novelty, and especially of unexpected things bursting upon the scene. But creativity is no less creative and no less remarkable when it proceeds step by step, according to discipline, according to rule.
Goals and Limits of Science
One reason why natural science is so powerful is that it avoids certain topics and restricts itself to particular domains.
Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Science
While the lack of complete certainty is perceived by critics as a weakness, the dynamic nature of science is actually a great strength; new discoveries produce feedback that enables us to reassess, and if necessary, modify our assumptions.
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 1
The term “intelligent design” has been used since at least 1847, in reference to “the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence.” However, the term itself has an interesting history...
Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 2: Gaining a New Function
These long-awaited results are now available in a new paper published last month by the Lenski group, and they shed light on all three stages of the process.
Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 1: Just the FCTs, Please
In this series, we reexamine the claim made by Intelligent Design proponent Michael Behe to have found a limit to “Darwinian” evolution in light of recent results from the laboratory of Richard Lenski.
What I Would Like To Hear A Young-Earth Creationist Say
It may come as a surprise that when asked by The Colossian Forum what one thing he would like to hear Young Earth Creationists say, his answer had nothing to do with scientific statements at all. Rather, his hope is to hear a single simple phrase: “We’re both part of the same family.”
From the Dust: Paul’s Adam
If we try and understand Paul’s Adam in terms of later scientific terms relating to creation and evolution, then we are actually putting Adam into a different story, and we will ultimately end up misunderstanding Paul.
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, Part 4
In the final part of his talk, Dr. John Walton briefly looks at the phrase “It was good” and the narrative in Genesis 2-3.
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, Part 3
In the third part of his talk, Dr. John Walton looks at the original language of Genesis, especially the word bara, or “created”.
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, Part 2
Dr. Walton begins the second part of his talk by noting that there is no scientific revelation in the Bible. Genesis is concerned with God bringing order from non-order, not with describing how matter emerged.
Genesis Through Ancient Eyes, Part 1
Dr. John Walton discusses the authority of Scripture and how we should both honor and understand the text. According to Walton, we must remember that Scripture is “for us”, but that it was not written “to us”.
Oxygen and Co-Creation
In the mid-seventeenth century, John Mayow conducted a series of experiments in which he showed that burning candles in bell jars consumed one-fifth of the enclosed air before extinguishing. Remarkably, mice placed in bell jars did exactly the same thing...
Growing in Faith
As he endeavored to learn more, David was intrigued by Francis Collins book The Language of God because Francis did not present evolution as a rival theory to Christian faith, but as something that described God's method of creation.
Pre-Modern Readings of Genesis 1, Part 3
Simply put, the authority and infallibility of Scripture meant that all Scripture should edify the church.
Pre-modern Readings of Genesis 1, Part 2
Even for our Church fathers, sticking to a more literal reading of Genesis 1 presented a number of difficulties that needed to be addressed.
Pre-Modern Readings of Genesis 1, Part 1
If we are to truly be the Church in the present, I believe that it is incumbent on us to listen to those who have gone before us, and recognize that our own “here and now” is not the whole of the Christian story.
Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 5
No episode in the history of Christianity and science is better known than the Scopes trial. In the swelteringly hot summer of 1925, a rookie teacher named John Scopes was prosecuted for teaching evolution in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee.
Shaping the Human Soul, Part 5
We need to have an account of Sin in terms of habit. A lot of Christians today think of “sins” and discreet choices, but historically Christians have thought of Sin as a habitual tendency and disordering.
Shaping the Human Soul, Part 4
What does it mean for our minds to be renewed and transformed? That is not the depositing of immaterial information into mind receptacles that just happen to truck around in bodies. That’s not biblical at all.
Shaping the Human Soul, Part 3
Our bodies, our brains, and our environment are the three-legged stool of any experience we could possibly have. This is no surprise to God—He created all of those conditions, and he meets us in that materiality.
Shaping the Human Soul, Part 2
It is a curious thing that we living in an age that pays so much attention to neuroscience. Why is it such a hot topic?
Shaping the Human Soul, Part 1
In this mission for renewal, one of the most important aspects is the interpersonal experience of being known. We change primarily not by what we know, but by how we are known.