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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.

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Ard Louis

Ard Louis is a Reader in Theoretical Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he leads a research group studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology. He is also the International Secretary for Christians in Science, an associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and served on the board of advisors for the John Templeton Foundation.

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Southern Baptist Voices: Teleological Arguments, Theistic Evolution, and Intelligent Design

2 Part Series: Southern Baptist Voices: Teleological Arguments,Theistic Evolution and Intelligent Design

Dr. James Dew expresses three main concerns about theistic evolution in the initial post in this series: Is macro evolution actually true? How does theistic evolution portray God's creative activity? Is it consistent to reject ID but to affirm the anthropic principle? Dr. Ard Louis responds to these concerns in two follow-up posts.
May 28, 2012 
Ard Louis, James K. Dew 
 
 
Addressing Christian Concerns About the Implications of BioLogos’ Science, Part 1

6 Part Series: Addressing Christian Concerns about the Implications of BioLogos’ Science

In this series, Ard Louis addresses concerns that Christians may have about the BioLogos view that stem from specific misconceptions. Among these are misunderstandings about the nature of science, God’s action in the universe, and natural theology. In addition, there is unwarranted mistrust towards the academic world. Finally, he encourages the BioLogos team to carefully confront “the ways we in the church have all been shaped by the spirit of the age” and to patiently listen and speak about these issues.
January 11, 2011 
Ard Louis 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Miracles and Science, Part 1

5 Part Series: Miracles and Science

In this five section series, Ard Louis explores the relationship between science and miracles. He indicates the self-imposed limitations of science to discover knowledge while warning against the God-of-the-Gaps explanations. Then, he explains the two types of miracles seen in Scripture: those that are divine timing and those that are violations of the natural. Overall, God sustains natural processes, but, as the master composer, he has the ability to perform miracles as well.
June 25, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
 
Reducing Irreducible Complexity, Part 1

1 Part Series: Reducing Irreducible Complexity

In this series, Darrel Falk and Ard Louis carefully examine the idea that certain biological structures are irreducibly complex—an idea put forth by scientists such as Michael Behe and Michael Denton. After providing a brief background on Behe and the beginnings of the Intelligent Design movement, Falk dives into Behe’s mouse trap model. He then reveals the scientific and theological problems associated with design inference. The series finishes with a discourse about the bacterial flagellum (another classic example of an irreducible structure). There is, Falk and Louis confirm, no sound reason on the basis of Christianity or science to assert that divine intervention was necessary at specific points in the unfolding creation process.
August 24, 2009 
Ard Louis, Darrel Falk 
Design 
 
Beginning with the End in Mind

Beginning with the End in Mind

In today's video, Oxford physicist Ard Louis discusses the famous debate between renowned evolutionary biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Simon Conway Morris over the idea of evolutionary convergence.
December 15, 2011 
Ard Louis 
Design 
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The Source of Human Value

The Source of Human Value

In this video, physicist Ard Louis describes that our value and purpose do not come from whether or not we were created by an evolutionary mechanism. Evolution may tell us something about how we were created, but it is not the source of our worth.
October 19, 2011 
Ard Louis 
Morality & Ethics 
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Ard Louis on Intelligent Design

Ard Louis on Intelligent Design

In this short video, physicist Ard Louis expresses some doubts about Intelligent Design, noting that his primary resistance to the movement is based on theological grounds rather than science.
April 14, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Design 
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Understanding Genesis 1: Seeing the Majesty and Glory of God in Time

Understanding Genesis 1: Seeing the Majesty and Glory of God in Time

In this brief video, Physicist Ard Louis looks at two important aspects of time to consider when reading Genesis 1: chronology and the idea of “deep time”.
January 23, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Earth, Universe & Time 
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What Do You Mean When You Say “Evolution”?

What Do You Mean When You Say “Evolution”?

In this video clip, Oxford University biophysicist, Ard Louis posits that one of the reasons Christians are hostile to evolution is that they latch onto a particular definition, which puts it in conflict with their theological convictions.
January 20, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Design 
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How Does the BioLogos Model Need to Address Concerns About Science?

How Does the BioLogos Model Need to Address Concerns About Science?

Many barriers to the acceptance of the BioLogos model by evangelical Christians arise from popular misconceptions about the nature of science and its relationship to God's action in our world.
January 01, 2011 
Ard Louis 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Miracles and Science: The Long Shadow of David Hume

Miracles and Science: The Long Shadow of David Hume

In this paper, physicist Ard Louis, a "scientist who believes in the miracles of the Bible", looks at the implications science has on the acceptance of miracles.
June 01, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose