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March 2013

Does Resurrection Contradict Science?

Does Resurrection Contradict Science?

So what then does Resurrection mean? For Benedict it represents a new dimension of reality breaking through into human experience. It is not a violation of the old; it is the manifestation of something new.
March 29, 2013 
By Matt J. Rossano 
Christ & New Creation 
73
 
Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1

Motivated Belief: John Polkinghorne on the Resurrection, Part 1

Neither science nor religion can entertain the hope of establishing logically coercive proof of the kind that only a fool could deny. No one can avoid some degree of intellectual precariousness, and there is a consequent need for a degree of cautious daring in the quest for truth.
March 28, 2013 
By Ted Davis 
Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
34
 
The Reliability of Historical Science

The Reliability of Historical Science

But science is more than a body of knowledge. Science is better described as a process by which people gain that knowledge. Let’s examine three methods used in the process of gaining scientific knowledge: experimental, observational, and historical.
March 27, 2013 
By Deborah Haarsma, Loren Haarsma 
Science & Worldviews 
1
 
Take Scripture Seriously

Take Scripture Seriously

I had spent so much time using the Bible as evidence to prove my point that I hadn't bothered to consider its intended purpose. It was as if I had been given a nice new pair of shoes, but instead of wearing them and letting them take me where I needed to go, I had been using them to kill bugs, prop open doors, and fix wobbly table legs.
March 26, 2013 
By Shea Zellweger 
Biblical Interpretation 
0
 
Meet Jimmy Lin, “Medical and Scientific Doxologist”

Meet Jimmy Lin, “Medical and Scientific Doxologist”

In our current culture, we’re defined by our jobs. It’s having a vocation. I wanted to shift away from that. I didn’t want to be a doctor first and foremost, or a scientist, but one who praises God.
March 25, 2013 
By Jimmy Lin, Emily Ruppel 
Genetics, Science as Christian Calling 
1
 
Evolution and Immunity: Same Story?

Evolution and Immunity: Same Story?

The evidence suggests that God has chosen to work through a random process, one which involves the routine creation and destruction of millions of cells that never get used. This is the ordinary means by which God maintains our health. The miracles of healing recorded in the Bible are miraculous precisely because they don’t occur by this normal, natural process.
March 23, 2013 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
20
 
Adaptive Immunity: How Randomness Comes to the Rescue

Adaptive Immunity: How Randomness Comes to the Rescue

Surely the design of a highly specific antigen-binding site could not be accomplished by random mutations! Actually, yes, though as we will see, the story is not as simple as a single gene undergoing spontaneous mutations every now and then.
March 22, 2013 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
45
 
Evolution Basics: An Introduction to Variation, Artificial Selection and Natural Selection

Evolution Basics: An Introduction to Variation, Artificial Selection and Natural Selection

Rather than a breeder choosing which individuals to mate, the ability of different variants to reproduce in a given natural setting would allow some to reproduce at a greater rate than others. Since their traits would be heritable, this would drive changes in traits over time in the population experiencing “natural selection”, a term Darwin coined as an analogy to human, or artificial, selection.
March 21, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
1
 
Evangelical Homeschoolers Ask for Accurate Science

Evangelical Homeschoolers Ask for Accurate Science

… whatever their reason for homeschooling, evangelical families who embrace modern science are becoming more vocal about it—and are facing the inevitable criticism that comes with that choice.
March 19, 2013 
 
Education 
2
 
Framing the Conversation

Framing the Conversation

When Christians discuss creation, evolution, and design, it is easy to focus immediately on areas of controversy and disagreement. We think it is important to start by pointing out certain areas on which nearly all Christians agree.
March 18, 2013 
By Deborah Haarsma, Loren Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
4
 
That’s Random!  A Look at Viral Self-Assembly

That’s Random!  A Look at Viral Self-Assembly

It should be noted that indeterminacy does not imply that God does not have foreknowledge of future events. Christians ought not to be uncomfortable with the idea of God interacting with his creation through chance.
March 16, 2013 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
4
 
Misconceptions about Randomness

Misconceptions about Randomness

“Randomness,” when taken to mean unconquerable unpredictability, is inherent in many processes created by God, from hurricanes to viral assembly to genetic recombination to antibody production. Randomness means that the details of the future are unpredictable, and will stay that way regardless of scientific progress.
March 15, 2013 
By Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
21
 
Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 2

Searching for Motivated Belief: Understanding John Polkinghorne, Part 2

To understand more clearly where Polkinghorne lies on the larger landscape of science and religion, let’s consider his approach to the Resurrection. Many contemporary thinkers, including some theologians and clergy, believe that “science” has somehow made it impossible to believe in the Resurrection, the deity of Jesus, and even belief in the transcendent God of the Bible.
March 14, 2013 
By Ted Davis 
Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews 
312
 
Genes, Cells, and the Changing Face of Technology, Part 2

Genes, Cells, and the Changing Face of Technology, Part 2

I am merely a Christian living in a very interesting situation—you know, we’re trying to learn more about God’s world—there’s nothing more noble about that than any other persons’ tasks, it simply happens to be what we’re doing day in, day out … Being a Christian in the midst of this setting—that’s what I think I’m here for.
March 12, 2013 
By Doug Lauffenburger, Emily Ruppel 
Genetics 
2
 
Genes, Cells, and the Changing Face of Technology, Part 1

Genes, Cells, and the Changing Face of Technology, Part 1

Right on this tabletop, you could make materials that by current manufacturing processes would otherwise cause a great amount of environmental hazard … In 50 years, we should be able to do things in ways we don’t do them now, that will be cheaper, less toxic, less polluting, more efficient, and so forth…
March 11, 2013 
By Doug Lauffenburger, Emily Ruppel 
Genetics 
0
 
Ephesians 4:1-6: A Call of Christian Unity, Part 1

Ephesians 4:1-6: A Call of Christian Unity, Part 1

My interest in Christian unity in the dialogue on origins comes out of having served churches in which all shades of opinion were present and how I, with fellow leaders, have sought to manage this.
March 08, 2013 
By Ross Hastings 
Christian Unity 
0
 
Evolution Basics: Darwin’s Early Observations on Biogeography

Evolution Basics: Darwin’s Early Observations on Biogeography

For Darwin, both of these observations (that oceanic islands lacked terrestrial mammals, and that endemic species on islands were most similar to a species on the closest mainland) had the same explanation: his hypothesis that endemic, oceanic species were the modified descendants of a colonizing species from the nearest continent.
March 07, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
History of Life 
14
 
The Lesson of Grace in Teaching

The Lesson of Grace in Teaching

I want to talk about my biggest life lesson, that is deep and profound, and continually reshapes the way I approach my students: Your accomplishments are not what make you a worthy human being. And you learn this when someone shows you grace, good things you didn't earn or deserve but you're getting them anyway. Because grace gives people dignity they don't have to earn.
March 05, 2013 
By Francis Su 
Education 
1
 
Hydrology of the Bow River

Hydrology of the Bow River

There’s a word beneath the water, and the Bow River belongs to God. Have you been listening?
March 04, 2013 
By John Van Sloten 
Pastoral Voices 
0
 
Humanity as and in Creation

Humanity as and in Creation

Christian theology asserts that humans are spiritual creatures, a unity of body and spirit or “soul,” integrated, not reducible downwards to mere matter or upwards to mere spirit.
March 01, 2013 
By David Opderbeck 
Divine Action & Purpose, Human Origins 
2