Pasteur vs. Pouchet and the Demise of Spontaneous Generation: Lessons for Today from an Old Controversy, Part 1
He had come to the conclusion that fermentation arose as a consequence of the presence of microorganisms, not the other way around. Hence he was skeptical when a prominent French biologist named Felix Pouchet in 1858 sent a paper to the French Academie des sciences in which he claimed to offer experimental proof of spontaneous generation.
BioLogos Basics Video #2: Don’t You Believe God is the Creator?
Does BioLogos believe that God is the creator? Yes, all Christians believe this; the question is, how did God create?
Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 1
Would those genuinely interested in learning about evolution benefit from a careful explanation of why these common objections don’t hold water? Here the answer seemed to me to be “yes.”
Ken Ham and Biblical Authority
Because BioLogos accepts the scientific evidence for the age of the earth and common ancestry, Ham believes we are undermining the Bible and denying its authority. However, the authority of the Bible is key for all that we do at BioLogos.
Science and Christianity: A Positive International Dialogue, Part 2
So my question to working scientists who are also Christians is, “How do you start a conversation on science and faith?” They are so used to responding to issues that they often take a while to think of something to say. Nearly everyone mentions the beauty they see in their work, and the sense of awe and wonder they feel. What they discover in the lab helps them to appreciate what God is like, and to worship him.
Science and Christianity: A Positive International Dialogue, Part 1
There is often a worry that working in or studying science is a threat to faith, but stories of scientists who are Christians in the top ranks of academia show that this is not the case.
“The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 6
How should we interpret the Bible? What is the role of tradition? What is the role of science? Who gets to decide whether traditional interpretations need to change?
On Creating the Cosmos
“I believe that we must now ask for more than simple avoidance of cognitive dissonance. I believe we should seek for cognitive consonance.”
Reflections on Tyson’s Cosmos, Episode 1
Carl’s dramatic lines that opened his Cosmos were repeated in Cosmos II: “The universe is all there is, or was, or ever will be.” When I told Haines Stiles that many people took that as a statement of atheism, he responded with surprise. “Really?” he said. “We just put that in because it sounded poetic!”
Word and Fire: The Amazing Story of Carbon, Part 2: Word
In the view of contemporary biology, we are, in a sense more literal than figurative, embodied words. The words in the genome take flesh and make a living being. They become alive in a unique confluence of atoms, molecules, cells, and organs that make a coherent whole, a living person who can understand, speak, and love.
Word and Fire: The Amazing Story of Carbon, Part 1: Fire
What about the heavier elements? Since stable nuclei heavier than lithium didn’t exist in the very early stages of the universe, where did they come from? How were they built up?
Origins News Roundup for March 14, 2014
This week in Origins news, a few different takes on the new COSMOS series on Fox, some intriguing discoveries and theories about dinosaurs, and a smattering of articles supporting women in science—who are often an underrepresented group in STEM fields.
Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 1: Mitochondrial Eve and Y Chromosome Adam
Wait just a second, you say – isn’t the evidence strong that modern humans descend from a population that has never numbered less than about 10,000 individuals (and as such, is a topic of significant theological consideration. How is it, then, that all humans can share a single woman and single man as common ancestors?
Christian Women in STEM Are a Valuable Minority
Over the past few years I have followed the HuffPost pages that address the gender gap in STEM and the challenges that women face. Those challenges are often greater for women who identify themselves as Christians.
Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 2
Poised to accept evolution on scientific terms but still uncomfortable with the supposed contradictions with scripture, I returned to the Genesis creation accounts.
Peace with God, Peace with Science, Part 1
All it took was watching a PBS science documentary, visiting the observatory or attending a planetarium show, or just happening into a scientific conversation with everyday people to remind me that what I believed stood in fundamental conflict with mainstream scientific thought. In effect, I was at war with science.
“The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 5
Does Collins show that Evangelicals have turned the corner on the scandal Noll brought to light, or does the continued resistance of the majority of Evangelicals to Collins’s work (about 75% reject human evolution) show that we as a collective group still do not take the life of the mind seriously?
The Controversy at Bryan College
Although Bryan’s position differs from ours, we hope that the conversation in the classroom can be renewed and encouraged rather than stifled going forward.
Robert Boyle Speaks to Modern Christians
What does it really tell us, to say that “nature abhors a vacuum” or that “nature does nothing in vain?” As long as men allow themselves so general and easy a way of rendering accounts of things that are difficult, as to attribute them to “nature,” shame will not reduce them to a more industrious scrutiny into the reasons of things and curiosity itself will not move them to it.
John Ortberg Sermon: Does Science Disprove Faith?
All of you who do science, all of you who teach or research or you’re involved in engineering or medicine or education, or biology or chemistry or physics—you are doing a noble thing. You are thinking God’s thoughts after him. … You are obeying God’s command given way back in Genesis to exercise dominion, to learn about, to be curious and discover and steward the earth.
Why Do We Have This Problem In The First Place?: Evolution, Creation, and Divine Hiddenness, Part 2
God himself may indeed be taking active steps to ensure that his presence and activity are not overwhelmingly obvious to us. Can we say that? Reasonably? And faithfully?
Why Do We Have This Problem In The First Place?: Evolution, Creation, and Divine Hiddenness, Part 1
Does God really want us to remain in such a confused condition while we go about the very hard work of determining what he really intends to teach us?