Origins News Round-up for January 31, 2013
Our News Roundup today covers a range of cultural and political stories about the relationship of science and faith, along with a few new items of interest from the cosmos.
Did God Have Any Choice When He Made the World?
Theological ideas about divine freedom and human reason were important reasons for adopting an intellectually modest, empirical approach to nature during the Scientific Revolution. The common picture of ongoing, inevitable conflict between science and religion is not only false, but perverse, for it prevents us from seeing the kinds of deep connections [between the two].
BioLogos in One Sentence
This list didn’t come from a boring discussion of “what should be our core values.” Rather, each of these commitments came up repeatedly in our discussions of what BioLogos is all about.
How To Talk to Family About Evolution
…because accepting evolutionary theory for the first time does require us to reconsider and reframe other aspects of our cultural and spiritual beliefs, we must be more caring about the way we interact with those who remain in disagreement with us.
Seeing God in the Stars
As a Christian, I can’t think of a more beautiful process for God to have blessed the production of the elements that we need for life than the beauty of stars. In fact, we are told that we shine like stars in the universe.
“The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 1 & 2
Collins poses, as the central question of his book: “In this modern era of cosmology, evolution, and the human genome, is there still the possibility of a richly satisfying harmony between the scientific and spiritual worldviews?”
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 2
The appreciation of the hominin group as a bushy tree rather than a ladder would elude scientists for some time, to say nothing of the general public.
From the Dust: Paul’s Adam
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.
To Tame the World: What terrifies us about reality pushes us toward its Creator.
We can understand why man, modern man in particular, would like to mop the floors and bleach the walls. We might not be able to tame reality, but we can tame our perception of reality. We intellectualize in order to feel in control.
Evolution, Chance, and God
The affirmation of genuine chance and randomness in the universe does not rob the universe of meaning and purpose.
Origins News Round-up for January 17, 2014
Today’s Origins News Roundup features challenging and exciting new ideas about evolutionary theory, fossil finds that add to our understanding of how carnivores and humans developed, some interesting science history from England, and more on American views of evolution.
Long Life Spans in Genesis
“If God wanted to make Methuselah live to be 969 years old, we certainly believe that God could intervene in the natural order of things and make that happen. The question rather—as it should be for all biblical interpretation—is whether that is really the message of the text.”
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye
“We expect that we’ll agree with most of what Bill Nye will say about the science of evolution. Fossils, genetics, and other disciplines give compelling evidence that all life on earth is related and developed over a very long time through natural processes. But we’re also brothers and sisters in Christ with Ken Ham.”
Confessions of an Evolving Baptist
“Being confronted with evolution may have been the catalyst for asking the difficult questions, but the real problem for me was not evolution – it was biblical literalism.”
Trying all Things: The Importance of Experience in Scriptural Interpretation
“All of a sudden, it was possible to grant a text deep authority (a ‘high view of scripture’ we say) while discounting neither our own experience, nor the historical experience of those writing, compiling, editing that same text. To put it differently, all of a sudden, history mattered—the history of the text itself, and the history of our interpretations of a text.”
Forbes Magazine Covers Evolution Basics
“Evangelicals really needed an organization that would stand up and say, in a nutshell, I’m an evangelical, and I accept evolution,” he said.
The Father of Intelligent Design
“There was no better way, in Boyle’s opinion, to ‘give us so great a Wonder and Veneration’ for God’s wisdom, than ‘by Knowing and Considering the Admirable Contrivance of the Particular Productions of that Immense Wisdom,’ by which he mainly meant the exquisitely fashioned parts of animals both great and small.”
Ian G. Barbour, 1923 – 2013
Ian Barbour died on Christmas Eve at the age of 90. He is credited by many to be the father of the contemporary academic discipline of science and religion.
I’ve Evolved Too
“Dad took evolution seriously. One morning at the breakfast table, he asked my brother and me, ‘What is Darwin famous for?’ We both replied, ‘The theory of evolution.’ ‘No,’ Dad answered, ‘the theory of evolution was around long before Darwin.’”
Exploring Evolution through Conversations in the Church
“So the question becomes: ‘If God created through a gradual, evolutionary process, how does that square with the conviction that the world is not an accident, and that our existence is an expected result?’ The Scientists in Congregation grant was an invitation to look at an evolutionary creation through the lens of Genesis.”
Origins News Round-up for January 3, 2014
Today’s origins news roundup features an end-of-year look at some of 2013’s major science highlights, a brief glimpse at what to watch for in the new year, and a few great science and faith resources from the past few weeks.
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 1
For many years, it was unclear if humans were more closely related to chimpanzees or to gorillas, but full genome sequences allowed us to resolve the issue.