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May 2014

Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

Is Creation from Nothing Obsolete?

We must ask: does creatio ex nihilo help make the Gospel intelligible today? It is my own position that it does. However, not everyone agrees.
May 29, 2014 
By Ted Davis 
Creation & Origins, Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
46
 
Origins News Round-Up for May 28, 2014

Origins News Round-Up for May 28, 2014

This weeks in Origins news: studies of a skeleton uncovered in 2007 provide clues about rapid human evolution in the Americas, our climate and Christian stewardship, a few BioLogos folks give interviews, and some cool links to miscellaneous finds.
May 28, 2014 
By Hannah Birky 
Brain, Mind & Soul, Genetics, Human Origins, Morality & Ethics 
2
 
Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies

Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies

When read in this way, the Genesis stories may be seen as one of the greatest-ever revolutions in human understanding. Genesis used the literary forms of the day to introduce its readers to a rational God who cares for people – and whose faithfulness made science possible. Genesis is expressly about theology, not science.
May 27, 2014 
By Graeme Finlay 
Biblical Interpretation, Genetics, History of Life 
5
 
Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 2: Language Evolution and Lines on a Gradient

Evolution Basics: Becoming Human, Part 2: Language Evolution and Lines on a Gradient

Language evolution is in fact one of the better analogies for biological evolution, in that it forces one to think of change in the context of a population over time. Just as a language has a population of speakers, so too a species has a population of genomes.
May 22, 2014 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
7
 
Video repost: Chris Tilling on Biblical Genre and Relational Truths

Video repost: Chris Tilling on Biblical Genre and Relational Truths

“There are clues in a text as to how the text should be written, so with Genesis, the rhythmic nature of Genesis 1 and 2, the almost poetic, and hymnic, function that it would have played in the liturgy of the earliest Jewish lives… it seems to me that there are clues here that it should be read in a theological way.”
May 21, 2014 
By Chris Tilling 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins 
3
 
Interview with Ronald Osborn

Interview with Ronald Osborn

We must press beyond the various creation narratives in the Hebrew Bible, including the final chapters of Job, to the picture of God revealed in the New Testament—the Creator who does not rationally explain away the scandal of suffering but who instead enters into it.
May 20, 2014 
By Jim Stump 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Morality & Ethics, Problem of Evil 
0
 
A Review of “Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering” by Ronald E. Osborn

A Review of “Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering” by Ronald E. Osborn

The confident assertion that the Bible trumps science stems from a misunderstanding of the purpose of the scriptures, and a misapplication of the Bible to answer questions that can only be answered by the application of science.
May 19, 2014 
By Craig M. Story 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Science as Christian Calling 
4
 
It All Started with a Bang

It All Started with a Bang

What we can say is this: the universe as we know it has not always existed in the past. It has come to be. Discussions of creatio ex nihilo make sense.
May 15, 2014 
By Ted Davis 
Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time 
7
 
Origins News Roundup for May 14, 2014

Origins News Roundup for May 14, 2014

This week in our Origins News Roundup: News of new nucleobases, the future of synthetic biology, and some healthy dialogue and critique of certain aspects of modern science.
May 14, 2014 
By Emily Ruppel 
Genetics, Morality & Ethics, Science as Christian Calling 
0
 
Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 2

Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 2

The arts can’t prove reductionism is wrong, but the artist can bear witness to a world in which one type of explanation is never enough. Indeed, in this light, there are some respects in which creationists and evolutionists need each other; at their best they can prevent each other from succumbing to reductionism.
May 13, 2014 
By Jeremy Begbie 
Design, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Science & Worldviews, Worship & Arts 
10
 
Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 1

Creation, Evolution, and the Over-Active Imagination, Part 1

In fact, Paley’s theory was not required by science, and certainly not by orthodox Christianity. It was the product of an over-ambitious imagination, one over-enamored with the metaphor of the world as a machine—as many Christians in the nineteenth century (including John Henry Newman) clearly saw.
May 12, 2014 
By Jeremy Begbie 
Design, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Science & Worldviews, Worship & Arts 
74
 
Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 4

Intelligent Design and Common Ancestry, Part 4

These lines of evidence converge on a single conclusion: we share ancestry with other apes. Our closest relatives are chimpanzees, then gorillas, then orangutans, and so on. This simple explanation accounts for the pattern we see; moreover, it continues to make accurate predictions about what we should find in our genome, and where we should find it.
May 08, 2014 
By Dennis Venema 
Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins 
10
 
BioLogos Is Hiring

BioLogos Is Hiring

We are searching for a qualified candidate to serve as Content Editor, beginning August 1.
May 07, 2014 
 
BioLogos 
0
 
The Strange Tension Between Theology and Science

The Strange Tension Between Theology and Science

The problem comes when materialism, claiming the authority of science, denies the possibility of all other types of knowledge — reducing human beings to a bag of chemicals and all their hopes and loves to the firing of neurons. Or when religion exceeds its bounds and declares the Earth to be 6,000 years old. In both cases, the besetting sin is the same: the arrogant exclusive claim to know reality.
May 06, 2014 
By Emily Ruppel 
Christian Unity, Creation & Origins, Earth, Universe & Time, Science & Worldviews 
2
 
Nazarenes on Evolution

Nazarenes on Evolution

The Nazarenes Exploring Evolution poll of religion scholars reveals that most scholars in science, Bible, and theology are open to the possibility that Christian faith is compatible with the idea that God creates through evolution.
May 05, 2014 
By Thomas Jay Oord 
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Evolution & Christian Faith project, History of Life 
1
 
Origins News Roundup for May 2, 2014

Origins News Roundup for May 2, 2014

Today’s Origins News Roundup features a tour of trending topics in neuroscience, from commentaries and questions made recently by popular media to developments in neuroengineering and the BRAIN initiative.
May 02, 2014 
By Hannah Birky 
Brain, Mind & Soul, Morality & Ethics 
1
 
Getting Some-thing From No-thing

Getting Some-thing From No-thing

If we explore the notion of eternity a bit further, we note how the concept of eternity need not necessarily imply that creation from nothing must occur in a single instant, in a single moment or all in a flash. To say so would presuppose that eternity is subject to measurement by a temporal continuum, which is just what we tried to avoid by introducing the concept of eternity in the first place.
May 01, 2014 
By Ted Davis 
Divine Action & Purpose, Earth, Universe & Time, Science & Worldviews 
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