Origins News Roundup for Friday, February 28, 2014
Ever wonder what a huge frozen lake looks like from space? Or what the best blunders in science history have been? Closer to home (for us anyway), have you contemplated whether America’s views on evolution will ever change? Today’s News Roundup brings you a mashup of thoughtful essays and some fun items to make your Friday more interesting.
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 4
The diversity of [hominin] remains both complicates the details of our evolution – in that we cannot be absolutely certain which (if any) of these groups are directly ancestral to our own species – and clarifies the overall picture, since these are our close relatives even if not our direct ancestors.
Praying the Psalms: Psalm 19
The Psalmist is saying that when we walk outside and look up, the heavens are telling us two things about God: they tell us about his glory, and they tell us about what his hands can do.
Lakatos and the Creation-Evolution “Discussion,” Part 2
In “sticking to their guns” (i.e. keeping their core hypotheses intact), opposing groups can continually form ad hoc auxiliary hypotheses to accommodate the data into their existing protected core. This back and forth process is antithetical to fruitful discussion, is usually ignored by those engaged in the “discussion,” and highlights a major challenge for Christianity.
Lakatos and the Creation-Evolution “Discussion,” Part 1
The relationship between data, hypothesis, and theory is clearly a muddy one, yet this is the way science progresses and accumulates knowledge. So no it’s not always about the data. Or to put it differently, it’s not just about the data.
“The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 4
Some people who brook no “god of the gaps” arguments anywhere else look to these three moments as more reasonable places to insert God into natural processes: God spoke matter/energy into existence, God made life out of lifeless matter, and God breathed a soul into human beings.
The Christian Virtuoso
Boyle believed that the Christian virtuoso benefitted from the hard work of explicating natural phenomena, which “does insensibly work in him a great and ingenuous Modesty of Mind.” The cultivation of humility was vital, since “the higher degree of knowledge” that the scientist attains “seems more likely to puff him up, than to make him humble.”
An Enriched Creation
Scripture gives us multiple ways of looking at things, and a classic example of this is the parables of Jesus. Many of these involve looking at nature. For example, natural events like seeds growing—and what Jesus seems to be saying is look there is a surface reading of nature—and then there is the deeper reading, where you begin to realize there are levels of meaning that we don’t pick up on our first acquaintance.
Rethinking the Origins Debate
Even among the majority [of Americans] who believe that God created humans, the chasm separating creationist and evolutionist views appears to be gargantuan. Are Americans really this divided over human origins? As a social scientist, I am skeptical about these findings.
Not All Doctrines Are Equal—Configuring Adam and Eve
Sometimes, out of fear or some sense of being required to defend our position, Church leaders and teachers have hastily set up a boundary marker around some doctrinal theory which they have confused as a core doctrinal issue.
Origins News Round-up for Friday, February 14, 2014
Read today’s News Roundup for BioLogos-curated collection of articles analyzing and commenting on last week’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham—as well as some Valentine’s Day amusements.
Nazarenes Exploring Origins Conference
As people came together for real conversations, they actually listened to one another, which is not always common in the kind of controversial topics we were exploring—topics about origins, evolution, and biblical interpretation.
Introducing a New Video Series: What Is BioLogos?
“So what is BioLogos? Well it all began with a scientist and a book.” Today BioLogos premieres the first in a new series of introductory videos.
The Body of Christ in Science, Part 2
If we believe that God has distributed gifts throughout the Body of Christ, then we are unwise not to heed the thoughtful conclusions of our sisters and brothers in Christ with gifts in science. If the overwhelming number of these faithful and sincere followers of Jesus say evolution is true, then we honor the Body of Christ by heeding them.
The Body of Christ in Science, Part 1
I began to read John's gospel again–I’d read it before as literature–but this time knowing that I was reading a forthright attempt by regular people to report on what Jesus had said and done. It was not long before I realized that the God whom I encountered in the written texts about Jesus was the same God now calling me.
“The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 3
What if they can develop an empirically sound explanation for how our universe originated? Does this rule God out of the picture? Or does it merely push things back one more step?
Evolution Basics: From Primate to Human, Part 3
The end for Piltdown would be swift in coming, and Le Gros Clark would be one of the key figures in unmasking Piltdown for what it was.
Ham on Nye: Our Take
So who won? How did it go? Our response to the debate is not a blow-by-blow of the arguments made but rather a series of “big picture” reflections by BioLogos scholars.
Ham on Nye – What to Watch for
Watch to see whether the debate encourages the opinion that science and Christianity are at war. We don’t think you have to choose sides.
Reflections on the “Non-Negotiable” God of the Road to Damascus
There was nothing about my experiences on Oct. 20 or the God I’d met that day that intimated to me that he harbored a particular abhorrence for evolution or any scientific theory. I wonder how often we do stuff like that: add things to our list of divine “non-negotiables” that really reflect nothing of the God we experienced when he first welcomed us into his family as a free gift of grace.