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Harrell, Daniel

Daniel Harrell

Daniel Harrell is the Senior Minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. He is the author of the books Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith, How To Be Perfect: One Church’s Experiment with Living the Book of Leviticus, and the forthcoming Wisdom of the Saints (And Near Saints): Christian Inspiration from A-Z. He also teaches theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul.

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Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 1

2 Part Series: Excerpts from “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution”

We need to hear stories from others who have wrestled with evolution and Christian faith. What arguments made them change their views on science? How did they hold fast to their relationship with God? The essays in this series will eventually comprise a book, provisionally titled, “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution.”
April 08, 2013 
Daniel Harrell, Thomas Jay Oord 
Biblical Authority, Lives of Faith 
 
God’s Extravagant Love in Creation

God’s Extravagant Love in Creation

Critics of Christianity look to evolution to show how the emergence of human life on earth demanded enormous ruin and ravage, billions of years of apparent waste and futility, species extermination and organism road kill. Not only was the massive dying off rampant, it’s mandatory too.
September 09, 2013 
Daniel Harrell 
Divine Action & Purpose, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Problem of Evil 
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A Pastor’s Perspective on Death and Evolution

A Pastor’s Perspective on Death and Evolution

If death did not exist before Adam and Eve, how could God have used evolution to create man? And what about predators and natural catastrophes such as the mass extinction of the dinosaurs?
March 09, 2011 
Daniel Harrell 
Problem of Evil 
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Daniel Harrell on Embracing Truth

Daniel Harrell on Embracing Truth

In this video, Daniel Harrell affirms that science is not the only way to pursue truth. Rather, truth happens in a variety of different ways and each one ultimately leads to an understanding of God.
February 17, 2011 
Daniel Harrell 
Education 
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Daniel Harrell on Embracing Science

Daniel Harrell on Embracing Science

In this video, Pastor Daniel Harrell encourages the Christian community to embrace science as an element which can harmonize and strengthen, rather than attack and undermine their understanding of theology.
January 19, 2011 
Daniel Harrell 
Education 
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How Science Can Inspire Faith

How Science Can Inspire Faith

In this video “Conversation,” Daniel Harrell discusses what often gets in the way of getting Christians to consider evolutionary science.
October 27, 2010 
Daniel Harrell 
Biblical Authority 
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God Revealed in Creation

God Revealed in Creation

In this video, pastor Daniel Harrell notes that, to him, faith must correspond to how things are, not merely how we wish they could be. Thus, exploring nature can be seen as a way to also explore our faith.
July 25, 2010 
Daniel Harrell 
Education 
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Adam and Eve: Literal or Literary?

Adam and Eve: Literal or Literary?

Adam and Eve are often seen as polarizing figures based on our answer to the following question: Do we understand the Bible’s first couple as literal people or literary figures?
June 17, 2010 
Daniel Harrell 
Human Origins 
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Daniel Harrell on Adam and Eve

Daniel Harrell on Adam and Eve

In this video, the Rev. Daniel Harrell discusses how there may be some "middle ground" in the way that Christians understand Adam and Eve. Harrell points out that the historicity of Adam and Eve does not necessarily conflict with science.
May 05, 2010 
Daniel Harrell 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
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A Pastor Reflects on the Scientific Method

A Pastor Reflects on the Scientific Method

In today's video, Daniel Harrell reflects on the rigors of the scientific method, reminding us that what gives scientific discoveries their weight is not the individuals who make them, but the methods of science themselves, which instill in us a level of confidence.
April 24, 2010 
Daniel Harrell 
Pastoral Voices 
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Death’s Resurrection

Death’s Resurrection

Death has occurred since the first breath of biological life (and some would say since the first “breath” of cosmological life), long before Adam inhaled. Ironically, therefore, death must be a part of God’s good creation. Moreover, human death due to sin must be something different than the physical death we all die.
December 18, 2009 
Daniel Harrell 
Problem of Evil 
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Reading Nature and Reading Scripture

Reading Nature and Reading Scripture

I recently led a seminar on faith and science at a large Christian music festival in rural Illinois. One pugilistic gentleman bulldogged me all week, insisting that geologists and biologists were misguided and mistaken. "If evolution is right," he said, "then the Bible is wrong―about everything."
September 11, 2009 
Daniel Harrell 
Biblical Interpretation