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The BioLogos Forum is designed to foster a serious and comprehensive discussion of Christian faith and the sciences. We believe that charitable engagement of different perspectives within the Church helps sharpen our thinking and deepen our commitment to the truth that is hidden in Christ. So while many of the articles and videos under the distinctive Forum banner come from BioLogos staff and Senior Fellows, we feature a range of voices, including those that disagree with us and with each other. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here, and join the conversation in the comments section at the end of each post.

Stump, Jim

Jim Stump

Jim Stump is Senior Editor at BioLogos. As such he oversees the development of new content and curates existing content for the website and print materials. Jim has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and was formerly a philosophy professor and academic administrator. He has authored Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming) and co-authored (with Chad Meister) Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010). He has co-edited (with Alan Padgett) The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and (with Kathryn Applegate) How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity, forthcoming).
ECF Conference Video Feature: “Adam and the Scientists” by Scot McKnight

1 Part Series: ECF Conference Plenary Lectures

This series features the plenary lectures from the Evolution and Christian Faith conference in Grand Rapids, MI, held from June 20 to July 2, 2015.
August 19, 2015 
Jim Stump 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Ancient Cultures, Biblical Interpretation, Evolution & Christian Faith project 
 
Why All Christians Should Heed Pope Francis’ Call to “Care for Our Common Home”

1 Part Series: Responding to "Laudato Si'" by Pope Francis

Pope Francis's June 2015 encyclical has stirred international conversation on how science and faith come together on the question of ecology and climate change. This short series features several responses from friends of BioLogos, including world-renowned Christian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. The series concludes with closing thoughts by BioLogos content manager Jim Stump.
June 19, 2015 
Jim Stump, Katharine Hayhoe, Ed Maurer 
Creation Care 
 
Thinking about the Atonement

2 Part Series: Atonement and Evolution

June 08, 2015 
Jim Stump 
Christ & New Creation 
 
Genesis is an Ancient Book, and that’s OK

1 Part Series: "Lost World of Genesis One" Book Club

Companion series to the spring 2015 book club featuring "The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate" by John Walton.
February 06, 2015 
Jim Stump, David Buller 
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Genesis 
 
How to Build A Bridge: Reviewing “Surprised by Scripture” by NT Wright (Part 1)

1 Part Series: Reviewing "Surprised by Scripture" by N.T. Wright

September 23, 2014 
Jim Stump, Brad Kramer 
Atheism & Scientism, Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Divine Action & Purpose, Science & Worldviews 
 
Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, part 1

3 Part Series: Belief in God in a World Explained by Science

July 14, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, Earth, Universe & Time, Science & Worldviews, Science as Christian Calling 
 
Interpreting Adam: Introduction

5 Part Series: Interpreting Adam

In December 2013, Zondervan published the anthology Four Views on the Historical Adam, featuring the perspectives of four prominent Evangelical scholars. This series features in-depth interviews with three of these scholars about their views on Adam, as well as the broader implications for all of Christian theology.
April 07, 2014 
Jim Stump, Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Human Origins 
 
Introducing a New Video Series: What Is BioLogos?

8 Part Series: BioLogos Basics

So what is BioLogos? Well it all began with a scientist and a book.
February 12, 2014 
Jim Stump, Andrew DeSelm 
BioLogos 
 
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

2 Part Series: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye

January 15, 2014 
Jim Stump, Deborah Haarsma 
Christian Unity, Science & Worldviews 
 
“The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 1 & 2

7 Part Series: “The Language of God” Book Club

The BioLogos Book Club discussion of Francis Collins’ The Language of God.
January 24, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Education, Morality & Ethics, Science as Christian Calling 
 
BioLogos’s New Comments Policy

2 Part Series: BioLogos’s New Comments Policy

October 25, 2013 
Jim Stump 
BioLogos 
 
Books and Culture Hosts Online Symposium on Adam and Eve

Books and Culture Hosts Online Symposium on Adam and Eve

Books & Culture has hosted an online symposium about Karl Giberson’s new book, Saving the Original Sinner. It is well worth reading to get a flavor of the conversation about Adam and Eve among Christian academics today.
August 10, 2015 
Jim Stump 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation 
 
Senior Scholar Jeff Schloss Reviews “Faith vs. Fact” by Jerry Coyne in The Washington Post

Senior Scholar Jeff Schloss Reviews “Faith vs. Fact” by Jerry Coyne in The Washington Post

Jeff Schloss argues that Jerry Coyne’s elevation of “fact” over “faith” is based in a misunderstanding of both science and religion.
August 05, 2015 
Jim Stump 
Featuring Jeffrey Schloss
Atheism & Scientism, Science & Worldviews 
 
Reclaiming Design

Reclaiming Design

In a recent book review published in Christian Century, BioLogos content manager Jim Stump endeavors to reclaim the word “design.”
July 21, 2015 
Brad Kramer 
Featuring Jim Stump
Design, Science & Worldviews 
 
All is Dust and DNA

All is Dust and DNA

Jim Stump explores the meaning of the Lenten season from the perspective of evolutionary creation.
February 25, 2015 
Jim Stump 
Christ & New Creation, Human Origins, Problem of Evil 
 
The Top 20 Posts of 2014

The Top 20 Posts of 2014

From the Ham/Nye debate to "Gungor-gate" to a well-publicized dinner invitation, 2014 was an exciting year for our blog. Check out the 20 most popular posts of the year.
December 26, 2014 
Jim Stump 
 
 
A Seat at the Table: BioLogos at Evangelical Theological Society 2014

A Seat at the Table: BioLogos at Evangelical Theological Society 2014

Our time at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society showed that there is a hunger to a better conversation about science and evangelical Christianity.
December 02, 2014 
Brad Kramer, Deborah Haarsma, Jim Stump 
Christian Unity 
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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 
Jim Stump 
Featuring Ronald E. Osborn
Biblical Authority, Biblical Interpretation, Morality & Ethics, Problem of Evil 
 
Still Surprised by Easter

Still Surprised by Easter

We now take for granted an understanding of the Christian story that was largely worked out by Paul and later theologians. Even though the Gospels were composed after Paul’s letters, they were concerned to tell the story itself in all its strangeness as it had been preserved by the first generation of Christians. And what we find in the stories themselves is the shock and wonder and surprise that the resurrection caused.
April 20, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Christ & New Creation, Miracles 
5
 
The Noah Movie

The Noah Movie

Russell Crowe as Noah was no superhero. He was very human—perhaps too human for those who’d prefer he remain in the flannel graph world of our Sunday School stories.
April 02, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Biblical Interpretation, Worship & Arts 
2
 
Ken Ham and Biblical Authority

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.
March 26, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring Josh Hayashi, Diane Sweeney
Evolution & Christian Faith project, Young Earth Creationism 
10
 
Long Life Spans in Genesis

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.”
January 16, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Biblical Interpretation 
11
 
Ian G. Barbour, 1923 – 2013

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.
January 08, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Education, Lives of Faith, Science as Christian Calling 
2
 
Origins News Round-up for November 15, 2013

Origins News Round-up for November 15, 2013

Today’s Origins News Round-up takes us from some cosmic data on the possible existence of life elsewhere in the universe, to some surprising theories about the origin of life, and some interesting general news and editorial items on science and religion.
November 15, 2013 
Jim Stump 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now, History of Life, Science as Christian Calling 
4
 
New Resources on Our Site

New Resources on Our Site

Today we draw your attention to a couple of short term projects that have been completed and are now visible on our site: Our History and Small Group Resources.
November 08, 2013 
Jim Stump 
BioLogos, Education 
1
 
What’s in the Works at BioLogos

What’s in the Works at BioLogos

There is no formula for generating beliefs in people. There are plenty of people with access to the same facts who end up believing different things. But for many Christians—like the ones I heard from this week—access to information about the position we call “evolutionary creation” could make a significant difference for reconciling science and Christian faith.
October 11, 2013 
Jim Stump 
BioLogos, Christian Unity, Education 
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