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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.

Applegate, Kathryn

Kathryn Applegate

Kathryn Applegate is Program Director at The BioLogos Foundation. She received her PhD in computational cell biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. At Scripps, she developed computer vision software tools for analyzing the cell's infrastructure, the cytoskeleton. You can read more about Applegate here.
Reflections on Biblical Interpretation and Evolution, Part 1

1 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 
Kathryn Applegate, Thomas Jay Oord 
Biblical Authority, Lives of Faith 
 
Misconceptions about Randomness

4 Part Series: Understanding Randomness

In this series, Kathryn Applegate addresses the concern that randomness implies the absence of God's activity and involvement in the natural world. She begins by clearing up some common misconceptions about the concept of "randomness", and later focuses on the mechanisms of the immune system to demonstrate that God works through random processes to preserve life. Far from being an indication of a "godless" universe, one might conclude that randomness is one of God’s favorite mechanisms for creating and sustaining life!
March 15, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
 
Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series

2 Part Series: Southern Baptist Voices: Kenneth Keathley

The first entry in the Southern Baptist Voices series presents a unique ongoing dialogue between Kenneth Keathely, a significant voice for the Southern Baptist churches, and several BioLogos scholars. Carried out in a respectful and humble manner, Keathely simply expresses six areas in which he does not agree with the BioLogos approach to Genesis 1-3. Darrel Falk, Kathryn Applegate and Deborah Haarsma then thoughtfully respond to each point in order to clarify the BioLogos’ view on each issue and, hopefully, remove any stumbling blocks.
February 27, 2012 
Kathryn Applegate, Darrel Falk, Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
 
Bacterial Flagellum: Appearances Can be Deceiving

3 Part Series: Bacterial Flagellum

In this three part series, Kathryn Applegate explores the structure and operation of the bacterial flagellum which is often described in depth by ID proponents. Although it is an extraordinary natural machine, ID supporters speak about it in misleading ways that suggest special intervention over evolution. However, she explains that self-assembly is an outcome of natural laws that direct life.
July 29, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Design 
 
Behe’s B Cell Bravado, Part 1

3 Part Series: Behe’s B Cell Bravado

This three part series by Kathryn Applegate argues strongly against Michael Behe’s claim that the immune system is irreducibly complex. She begins with a brief review of antibody generation in B-cells. Then, she addresses Behe’s invalid assumptions about this process. Looking at the function of bacterial transposons, she then provides a reasonable explanation for the gradual evolution of the system and calls Behe to engage the scientific literature.
June 11, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Genetics 
 
From the Archives: A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

From the Archives: A BioLogos Response to Kenneth Keathley, Part 1

From 2012: The entire BioLogos community would like to thank Dr. Keathley not only for his work in writing his introductory essay, but for his willingness to organize a small collection of essays by other Southern Baptist scholars describing their concerns about the BioLogos perspective. We welcome this opportunity to clarify our positions and remove stumbling blocks where possible.
November 11, 2014 
Kathryn Applegate, Darrel Falk, Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation 
 
Evolution and Christian Faith Grantees Announced

Evolution and Christian Faith Grantees Announced

Congratulations to the 37 winners of the Evolution & Christian Faith (ECF) grants competition! ECF is a new BioLogos program designed to support projects and network-building among scholars, church leaders, and parachurch organizations.
February 13, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Biblical Interpretation, Creation & Origins, Education, Evolution & Christian Faith project, Science & Worldviews 
4
 
Vision for Change: Evolution & Christian Faith Grants Program

Vision for Change: Evolution & Christian Faith Grants Program

We at BioLogos are convinced that the Bible is the Word of God and that God has created through a gradual, evolutionary process, but we don’t have all of the answers. Therefore, we've launched a program to address theological and philosophical questions commonly voiced by Christians.
May 10, 2012 
Kathryn Applegate 
Christian Unity 
 
NPR’S Adam and Eve Story

NPR’S Adam and Eve Story

All science can say is that there was never a time when only two people existed on the earth: it is silent on whether or not God began a special relationship with a historical couple at some point in the past. This subtle but extremely important point was missed entirely in the NPR story.
August 10, 2011 
Darrel Falk, Kathryn Applegate 
Human Origins 
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Coming Soon to San Diego: Let Newton Be!

Coming Soon to San Diego: Let Newton Be!

Isaac Newton is famous for his work on universal gravitation, optics, and calculus (much to many college students’ dismay!), but he actually wrote more about theology and alchemy than about science.
April 19, 2011 
Kathryn Applegate 
Worship & Arts 
 
Dueling Scientists and the Tree of Life:  Analyzing the ID Response

Dueling Scientists and the Tree of Life:  Analyzing the ID Response

Last week I came across a blog post by Intelligent Design leader Bill Dembski, provocatively titled "Craig Venter denies common descent — Dawkins incredulous." Surprised by the headline, I clicked over to read the story.
March 14, 2011 
Kathryn Applegate 
History of Life 
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Uncertainty is Uncomfortable

Uncertainty is Uncomfortable

Scientists become fairly comfortable with a certain level of uncertainty within scientific data, notes Kathryn Applegate, but that is not the case for most people, especially where faith is concerned
November 03, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
104
 
The Valley of Vision

The Valley of Vision

I resonate with this prayer because it reminds me that even though God speaks clearly to us through his word and through creation, we can never quite get our minds around his ways.
October 17, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Worship & Arts 
6
 
Sin in the Church

Sin in the Church

We often talk about what’s holding her back from giving the control of her life over to Christ. One of the biggest barriers is the blatant sinfulness of self-professing Christians, which can be alarming and hard to understand for unbelievers.
September 12, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Lives of Faith 
40
 
Thoughts on Unity and Integrity

Thoughts on Unity and Integrity

As believers we don’t have uniformity in all opinions and convictions. But the unity we share is founded in a love that supersedes mere kindness—the costly love of the Son who gave up his life for his friends.
August 29, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Christian Unity 
10
 
New Question on Chance and God’s Sovereignty

New Question on Chance and God’s Sovereignty

What happens when you ask a Reformed mathematician and a Wesleyan theologian to write a joint statement on the compatibility of chance and God’s sovereignty?
June 17, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
9
 
The Church Must Not Ignore the Evidence

The Church Must Not Ignore the Evidence

In this video conversation, Kathryn Applegate discusses the implications for the church if we ignore scientific developments.
March 27, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Christian Unity 
38
 
The Bog on the Mountaintop

The Bog on the Mountaintop

In many ways, I think the Evangelical community’s approach to science is like a bog on a mountaintop. For the most part, Christian theology is solid and trustworthy, but there are weak spots in our understanding, and how many believers relate to evolutionary science is one of them.
March 25, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
History of Life 
69
 
Jennifer Wiseman on “Science as an Instrument of Worship”

Jennifer Wiseman on “Science as an Instrument of Worship”

In most evangelical churches today, God receives regular praise for his work in Creation. But how often are recent scientific discoveries used to stir us up to worship, and to what extent do they inform our theology and stewardship?
February 07, 2010 
Kathryn Applegate 
Science as Christian Calling 
36
 
God’s Sovereignty and Nature’s Freedom

God’s Sovereignty and Nature’s Freedom

As Darrel Falk pointed out recently, "irreducibly complex" switches drive the proliferation of bacteria and viruses which kill millions of people each year. Christians must wrestle with a difficult question: is God responsible for designing these killing machines?
October 06, 2009 
Kathryn Applegate 
Problem of Evil