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November 2012

Confronting Our Fears, Part 5: Losing Peace

Confronting Our Fears, Part 5: Losing Peace

Whatever your situation is, treat those who persecute you with love, patience, and understanding, and reassure them of your steadfast devotion to Jesus Christ.
November 30, 2012 
By Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
43
 
Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 5: Mixing and Matching

Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 5: Mixing and Matching

Behe paints a picture of molecular machines with highly specialized parts that cannot be used in other systems without “extensive” modification – and claims that without a designer, no new functions are possible. Yet what we see in nature looks rather different.
November 29, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
10
 
Irenaeus and Two Books Theology

Irenaeus and Two Books Theology

Irenaeus is significant for our discussion of the development of a "Two Books" theology in two respects. First, he appears to have been a pivotal figure in the formation of the Christian Bible—the book of Scripture. Second, he is also a pivotal figure in the development of the Christian understanding of Creation.
November 27, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
31
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 4: Losing Face

Confronting Our Fears, Part 4: Losing Face

As we continue our tour of fears that confront evangelicals considering evolutionary creation, I’d like to start with an extended (and possibly familiar) quote from Augustine about what’s at stake when we ask, “What if I’m wrong?”
November 26, 2012 
By Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
16
 
Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 4

Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 4

Many scholars see a final and complete answer only in the promise of a new creation in which all creation participates. The hope of a new heaven and a new earth points us to the final redemption of all things in Christ.
November 24, 2012 
By Keith Miller 
Problem of Evil 
42
 
Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 3

Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 3

In what way can we view the death and pain that are part of animal existence as part of God’s good creation?
November 23, 2012 
By Keith Miller 
Problem of Evil 
6
 
Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 2

Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 2

Scripture declares that creation as it is now, not a pre-Fall paradise, gives glory and praise to the Creator. The creation described in Scripture is our own familiar world, with lions, eagles, crocodiles, and jackals.
November 22, 2012 
By Keith Miller 
Problem of Evil 
2
 
“And God Saw That It Was Good”: Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 1

“And God Saw That It Was Good”: Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 1

I have become convinced that one of the fundamental issues underlying much of the resistance of many Christians to an ancient, evolving creation is that of the problem of “natural evil.”
November 21, 2012 
By Keith Miller 
Problem of Evil 
5
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 3

Is methodological naturalism equivalent to atheism? That’s the rock bottom question here, and there simply is no consensus—neither among Christians nor even among atheists, for that matter.
November 20, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Science & Worldviews 
130
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 3: Losing Our Savior

Confronting Our Fears, Part 3: Losing Our Savior

If Adam never lived (so the argument goes), sin is illusory, atonement for mankind’s sin is unnecessary, and Jesus’ death is all the more tragic. Because the person of Jesus and His sacrifice are so central to the Christian faith, this is a legitimate fear.
November 19, 2012 
By Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
130
 
Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 4: IC and Exaptation

Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 4: IC and Exaptation

In this post, we look at the implications of the Long Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE) for another of Behe’s related ideas: that of irreducible complexity.
November 16, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
15
 
Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 2

Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 2

Tracing the history of Two Books Theology means understanding how Christian theologians from the very beginnings of the Church have understood God’s self-revelation, as well as the relationship between Scripture and Creation.
November 15, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
3
 
Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 1

Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 1

Justin’s “Dialogue with Trypho” provides an appropriate starting point for assessing Justin’s contribution to the development of the Two Books Theory. For starters, at this point in history, what we now call the “New Testament” had not been formally adopted by the Christian Church.
November 14, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
8
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 2: Losing Biblical Authority

Confronting Our Fears, Part 2: Losing Biblical Authority

Throughout my various conversations with fellow believers, the most-mentioned anxiety over accepting an evolutionary creationist paradigm is the fear of losing the Bible as one’s spiritual anchor and source of authority.
November 13, 2012 
By Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
77
 
Confronting Our Fears, Part 1

Confronting Our Fears, Part 1

After a turbulent two-year process, I came to embrace evolutionary creationism as the best scientific and theological paradigm through which to view the natural world and God’s strategy to redeem humanity from the power of sin. But moving from my long-held young-earth creationist position was not an easy journey.
November 12, 2012 
By Mike Beidler 
Lives of Faith 
30
 
Katharine Hayhoe: Evangelical Christian, Climate Scientist

Katharine Hayhoe: Evangelical Christian, Climate Scientist

As an Evangelical and a scientist, Katharine Hayhoe is already a member of a rare breed. As a climate change researcher who is also married to an evangelical Christian pastor, she is nearly one of a kind.
November 09, 2012 
By Katharine Hayhoe 
Science as Christian Calling 
13
 
The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology: Introduction

The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology: Introduction

Rather than looking at the ways Christians throughout history have understood Scripture, I want to explore what many of the great Christian theologians (and saints!) have said about how God speaks in and through God’s other great book: Nature, or Creation.
November 08, 2012 
By Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
37
 
Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2

Science and the Bible: Intelligent Design, Part 2

Keep in mind the basic idea of ID, “that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”
November 07, 2012 
By Ted Davis 
Design 
50
 
It’s an Old World After All, Part 2

It’s an Old World After All, Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at four methods for determining the age of the Earth. In the second section of the videocast, we present one more scientific technique, as well as explore why accepting an old Earth does not call into question the first chapters of Genesis.
November 06, 2012 
By Joy Walters 
Earth, Universe & Time 
3
 
It’s an Old World After All, Part 1

It’s an Old World After All, Part 1

In this BioLogos videocast, we explore the age of the Earth. The first section, featured today, explains four methods scientists have used to determine that age: tree ring, lake varve, radiometric, and seafloor spread dating.
November 05, 2012 
By Joy Walters 
Earth, Universe & Time 
11
 
Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 3: Tinkering Over the Edge

Behe, Lenski and the “Edge” of Evolution, Part 3: Tinkering Over the Edge

Behe is right that numerous mutations occurring simultaneously are too rare to expect in evolution. What he has not demonstrated, however, is that evolution must proceed only by numerous mutations occurring simultaneously.
November 02, 2012 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
75
 
Introducing The Resource Finder

Introducing The Resource Finder

How do we give our visitors access to our vast archive of resources, and how do we make sure they are finding the resources that address their most pressing questions?
November 01, 2012 
By Stephen Mapes 
 
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