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October 2013

Nature Abhors a Vacuum—and Boyle Abhors “Nature”

Nature Abhors a Vacuum—and Boyle Abhors “Nature”

During the Scientific Revolution, no idea was more influential—or more important for the future of science—than the “mechanical philosophy.” Mechanical philosophers conceived of nature as a great machine, an intelligently constructed system of unintelligent matter in motion rather than a living organism with a “soul” or “intelligence” of its own. No one did more to advocate for the mechanical philosophy—and to explore its theological dimensions—than Robert Boyle.
October 31, 2013 
By Ted Davis 
Earth, Universe & Time, Science as Christian Calling 
85
 
Comments are Back

Comments are Back

At our Monday morning staff meeting we had a good, rousing debate about the reaction to last Friday’s announcement. Our conclusion was to come back to you and apologize for the furor we caused. We’re putting the comments section back.
October 30, 2013 
By Jim Stump 
BioLogos 
10
 
Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley, Part 2

Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley, Part 2

“Yet until the end, you sent us dispatches / from a newer world, like Tennyson’s Ulysses, / ‘made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, / to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’”
October 29, 2013 
By Kathleen Housley 
Worship & Arts 
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Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley

Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley

“If I find that my mind is becoming stale, I start learning something entirely new. I haven’t taken up auto mechanics yet, but there is still time. God does indeed speak in mysterious ways. Our job is to listen.”
October 28, 2013 
 
Worship & Arts 
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BioLogos’s New Comments Policy

BioLogos’s New Comments Policy

Beginning next week, comments on the blog will typically be closed (there may be some exceptions to that policy for certain posts). Instead, we’ll invite readers to submit their comments and questions to an email address (comments@biologos.org).
October 25, 2013 
By Jim Stump 
BioLogos 
43
 
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 4

Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 4

…despite decades of protests from antievolutionists that no possible intermediate forms for birds could exist, we see a group of fossil species that meets the criteria handily – and demonstrates that yes, there was a use for “partially-formed feathers and wings.”
October 24, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
60
 
The Challenge of Cosmology

The Challenge of Cosmology

The idea that the story we know is only the very beginning raises a new question in place of Feynman’s objection that Christianity is provincial. Is it presumptuous to claim that in such a grand universe, possibly with intelligent life arising in many places, the redemption and transformation of the entire cosmos starts here, on our pale blue dot?
October 23, 2013 
By Elliot Nelson 
Christ & New Creation, Earth, Universe & Time, Image of God 
6
 
Response to Ken Ham

Response to Ken Ham

Last week Ken Ham addressed BioLogos specifically in a blog post, in response to Daniel Hamlin’s testimony told in our blog on October 14th.
October 22, 2013 
 
Christian Unity, Lives of Faith, Young Earth Creationism 
28
 
Origins News Roundup

Origins News Roundup

This week in the news: a new conversation about rifts in the Christian church (sponsored by the Colossian Forum), a 46-million-year-old fossilized mosquito turns up in a Montana lake, and more…
October 18, 2013 
 
Christian Unity, Earth, Universe & Time, History of Life 
3
 
Science as Christian Vocation

Science as Christian Vocation

Clearly, Boyle found himself enraptured by his first experiences in the laboratory, and just as clearly he viewed his activities simultaneously in theological terms.
October 17, 2013 
By Ted Davis 
Lives of Faith, Science as Christian Calling 
98
 
From the Dust: Expanding the Paradigm

From the Dust: Expanding the Paradigm

With From the Dust, it was our goal to help Christians see the complexity of the issues raised by modern science, as well as help them to courageously engage with the theological conversations happening within the sphere of Christian culture today.
October 16, 2013 
By Ryan Pettey 
Creation & Origins 
110
 
Biblical Credibility and Joshua 10: What Does the Text Really Claim?

Biblical Credibility and Joshua 10: What Does the Text Really Claim?

Once we recognize that no one takes the text literally, and that we have often failed to account for the details in the text regarding the time of day, we can begin anew to try to understand the text as an ancient text rather than as a modern one. As such, we must begin with the idea that the text operates in the world of omens, not the world of physics and astronomy.
October 15, 2013 
By John Walton 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation 
14
 
Evolution and Faith: My Journey Thus Far

Evolution and Faith: My Journey Thus Far

As Christians we believe by faith that Christ was both human and divine, and although this paradox can be difficult to comprehend, it is not a stumbling block to our faith nor does it hinder us from having a relationship with him. Similarly, the Bible is both human and divine.
October 14, 2013 
By Daniel Hamlin 
Christian Unity, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Lives of Faith 
7
 
What’s in the Works at BioLogos

What’s in the Works at BioLogos

There is no formula for generating beliefs in people. There are plenty of people with access to the same facts who end up believing different things. But for many Christians—like the ones I heard from this week—access to information about the position we call “evolutionary creation” could make a significant difference for reconciling science and Christian faith.
October 11, 2013 
By Jim Stump 
BioLogos, Christian Unity, Education 
11
 
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 3

Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 3

Eusthenopteron had articulated bones in its front lobe fins – bones we recognize in modern-day tetrapods as the humerus, radius, and ulna. These are the long bones that make up the forelimb in crown-group tetrapods – but in Eusthenopteron, these bones are short, and serve as the support for fins, not limbs (in the tetrapod sense).
October 10, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
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Stress and God’s Built-in Neuro-sabbath

Stress and God’s Built-in Neuro-sabbath

“For a few moments, it felt like our little church community was surrounded by glory. The wisdom of Christ in the hypothalamus was illumining the wisdom of Christ in the prophets and gospels.”
October 09, 2013 
 
Brain, Mind & Soul, Science as Christian Calling, Worship & Arts 
81
 
Walking the Walk: Thoreau and the art of seeing nature

Walking the Walk: Thoreau and the art of seeing nature

What can a practicing scientist in the 21st century—even a "bench scientist" like me whose scientific forays are confined to a laboratory—glean from a 19th century wanderer like Thoreau?
October 08, 2013 
 
Science as Christian Calling, Worship & Arts 
0
 
Five Years of Flourishing: A “Sayonara” from BioLogos Webmaster Stephen Mapes

Five Years of Flourishing: A “Sayonara” from BioLogos Webmaster Stephen Mapes

“But for me, personally, it was the notes from everyday Christians that left an impact: The stories of students who felt forced (and wrongly so) to choose between their faith and reason, the stories of parents concerned their precocious young sons and daughters will have their love for science questioned by fellow Christians, and the stories of faith lost and found again through prayer and reading.”
October 07, 2013 
By Stephen Mapes 
Christian Unity 
3
 
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 2

Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 2

These stem groups show us that the vertebrate body plan was assembled over time in a stepwise fashion, and that its “sudden appearance” in the Cambrian record is in fact not sudden at all, but rather the end result of a process that extends much deeper into the past.
October 04, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
0
 
Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 1

Evolution Basics: Assembling Vertebrate Body Plans, Part 1

…the probability that any given fossil species is a direct ancestor of a modern-day species is vanishingly small. Fossilization is a highly infrequent event – fossils spaced 10,000 or even 100,000 years apart would be considered to be nearly simultaneous in their timing from a geological perspective – and the chances of such an infrequent event preserving a direct ancestor is highly unlikely.
October 03, 2013 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life 
24
 
Origins News Roundup

Origins News Roundup

One of 23 new bird species described in scientific journals so far this year is a Filipino ground-dwelling “ventriloquist” bird that is very difficult to spot in the forest since its song always sounds like it is coming from far away.
October 02, 2013 
 
 
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The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 2

The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 2

Another aspect of Neandertal existence that sheds some light on their situation is the considerable evidence that they buried their dead in ways that suggested an understanding, not just of death, but perhaps the significance of what death meant and how important life was.
October 01, 2013 
By James Kidder 
Human Origins 
38