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Sprinkle, Mark

Mark Sprinkle

Mark Sprinkle is an artist and cultural historian, and was formerly Senior Web Editor and Senior Fellow of Arts and Humanities for The BioLogos Foundation. A phi beta kappa graduate of Georgetown University, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, where he studied how artworks embody complex relationships in different cultural contexts. Since 1996 he has been an independent artist and frame-maker, also regularly writing and speaking on the role of creative practices in cultural mediation and renewal, especially in the area of science and Christian faith. Mark and his wife Beth home-schooled their three boys, and are active in the local home-school community in Richmond, Virginia. You can learn more about Mark's work as a writer and artist at his website.

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Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series

1 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 
Mark Sprinkle, Darrel Falk 
Christian Unity 
 
Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1

5 Part Series: Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World

This five part series by Mark Sprinkle suggests that in addition to intellectual proposition and conclusion, “image and song” are necessary in the dialogue of science and faith. Creative works that encompass both the material and immaterial can help bridge the gaps between the physical and spiritual world. Whether visual art, music, or poetry, he emphasizes that artistic representation of reality allows one to grasp “objective truth.” Justifying this stance, he highlights Jesus’ parables as creative explanations of profound theological truths.
January 06, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

5 Part Series: Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

Mark Sprinkle examines the western thought that science is based on purely the objective while religion is based on purely the subjective. He exposes the creative and subjective aspect involved in our scientific understanding of the world. Ultimately, Christians should not seek to objectively prove the Bible or disprove scientific findings, but rather, interpret all things in view of Christ.
November 15, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Introducing the BioLogos Navigator

Introducing the BioLogos Navigator

Part of BioLogos mission is to show how all things hold together in Christ—to show how a Christian worldview integrates the knowledge we have of God through the Scriptures with the knowledge we have of God through the other areas in which He reveals himself as Creator and Redeemer.
December 27, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
 
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Creator of the Stars at Night

Creator of the Stars at Night

The God who created the cosmos is the God who came to us as a child in Bethlehem.
December 24, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
4
 
Frenetic Sequence

Frenetic Sequence

We tend to think of creativity in terms of flashes of insight and brilliance, of novelty, and especially of unexpected things bursting upon the scene. But creativity is no less creative and no less remarkable when it proceeds step by step, according to discipline, according to rule.
October 27, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Stumble On

Stumble On

The song is built around the image of a river flowing through a canyon it has sculpted—an image that can easily be played out as a picture of the way that the Lord has been at work preparing a path for us in the material world, complete with signposts to his former and present activity.
September 16, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
The Broken Made Whole

The Broken Made Whole

There is a sense in which we look at Temma and we want to affirm that she is made in the image of God by denying that the image of God has anything to do with her physical, material body.
July 01, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Image of God 
5
 
Adam’s Dream

Adam’s Dream

While the specific “how” of our being made into the image of God will probably always remain a mystery, the Bible and creeds are clear on the “why” of our creation: we were made to worship the Lord, and be in relation with Him and each other.
May 20, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Human Origins 
7
 
Chance Creation

Chance Creation

It should not be surprising that John Cage asked the stuff he used to make paintings to take part in the process—to contribute its own identity to the intentional, purposeful, and determined work of creating “based on chance.”
May 13, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Divine Action & Purpose 
 
Teaching the Whole Controversy

Teaching the Whole Controversy

Part of our goal at BioLogos is to demonstrate that we in the Christian community can and must think deeply, but also broadly, if we want to do justice to the complexity of biological life, but also to the complexity of our lives of faith.
April 22, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
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Wheat that Springeth Green

Wheat that Springeth Green

As we remember the narrative that takes us from Good Friday through Easter morning, the image of a buried grain of wheat invites us into the story rather than just describing what happens in it.
April 07, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
3
 
Still, Citizen Sparrow

Still, Citizen Sparrow

A combination of observation and interpretation can help us better appreciate the way the whole world speaks of the glory of its Creator, including those parts we are inclined to find supremely inglorious.
March 25, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
 
Knowing Your Context

Knowing Your Context

The Psalmist affirms that the created world speaks of its creator, and that everywhere we look or listen there are words, speech pouring forth in abundance. But are we prepared to hear that speech?
March 18, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
3
 
Vox Balaenae

Vox Balaenae

In 1967, biologists Roger Payne and Scott McVay discovered that humpback whales “sing” and published recordings of the whales’ complex vocalizations, after which “whale song” quickly entered the popular consciousness and helped propel the “save the whales” environmental movement forward.
March 04, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Making the Whale

Making the Whale

This week’s artistic treatment of the great whales takes as its subject a more-storied and decidedly less-gentle member of the family, but returns to our fascination with and desire to know about whatever is dramatically not us.
February 26, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

Of all the earth’s creatures, few deserve the description of “awesome” as do whales. Counting among their kin the largest creatures that have ever lived, whales exist in a world that remains mysterious and remote.
February 19, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
40
 
Small Brown Job

Small Brown Job

Public conversation seems to center on the implication that there will come a time when we will have no more need of investigation because we will know how things really work. But in practice, few scientists expect that sort of grand-scale closure.
January 28, 2012 
Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Appointment

Appointment

Like Christmas, each New Year’s Day is symbolized by a baby, but one destined to grow old and be replaced only 365 days later as the next year supercedes the one before.
December 31, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
1
 
Theotokos

Theotokos

The Incarnation is a revelation of who we are. It is a retelling of Genesis chapter 3 and that is why, in this season of retelling this story, we enter a dangerous time.
December 24, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
3
 
Christ, The Apple Tree

Christ, The Apple Tree

This traditional American carol turns to Song of Songs 2:3 for inspiration; it uses the familiar apple as a emblem of the very tree of life, emphasizing that the promise we have in Jesus goes beyond the merely material to encompass our complete shelter, nourishment, and passionate joy.
December 18, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
 
O Radix

O Radix

The season of Advent is a time when we are particularly attentive to images of Christ gleaned from the prophetic texts of the Old Testament, in addition to those that emerged from Jesus’ earthly ministry in Palestine.
December 10, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
1
 
Orb Weaver

Orb Weaver

Clearly, the orb weaver is a powerful symbol of both spiritual and creative truth for Suzanne Rhodes—something wonderful and beautiful. But my own experience with orb weavers was somewhat less poetic...
November 13, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Oyster and Pearl

Oyster and Pearl

That something nourishing resides hidden away in the most unexpected and unglamorous of places speaks to the paradoxical hiddenness of God.
November 06, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Sites and Sounds

Sites and Sounds

What should not be lost here is that even the most ornate and exquisite window is more than something to be looked at, wherein the light coming from behind and through the glass illuminates the story told there on the surface.
October 29, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
 
The Water Is Wide

The Water Is Wide

While in common parlance we tend to think of something being “co-opted” as a bad thing and a violation of original principles or intentions, the word itself does not imply a “hijacking” so much as a divergence with connection: co-operation between one use and another.
October 22, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
9
 
The Purpose of Dogs

The Purpose of Dogs

The remarkable cooperative relationship between humans and canines was the subject of the most recent edition of NOVA, which examined the natural history of the domesticated dog and of the capabilities that have made it so successful in the company of people.
October 16, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
History of Life 
18
 
The Clever Trout

The Clever Trout

The Psalmists observed that both the starry heavens above and also “everything that hath breath” praises the Lord; but is this more than a flowery anthropomorphism, a poetic but ultimately meaningless trope?
October 09, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Midwest Meander

Midwest Meander

As believers, we are not called upon to shore up the walls, rebuild the defensive levee, and channel the river into something manageable, but to understand the ultimate direction of the watercourse and cast ourselves into it.
October 02, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
 
This Is My Father’s World

This Is My Father’s World

Of hymns that speak to a Christian understanding of the natural world and our place within it, perhaps none more familiar than Maltbie Babcock’s “This Is My Father’s World.”
September 24, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
Crayfish

Crayfish

Brandt sees the error of legalism in the Christian life as best represented by the crayfish’s hard, inflexible shell. A similarly “hard-shelled” faith means the constant process of renewing, growing and becoming more Christ-like is extremely difficult.
September 04, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Lives of Faith 
4
 
The Painting of Water

The Painting of Water

The Renaissance was a time of renewed hubris as much as an age of innovation and discovery: water was something to be managed and exploited rather than feared.
September 02, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Palimpsest

Palimpsest

The partialness of our knowledge ought to remind us that even incomplete recoveries of the past ought be regarded as gifts.
August 21, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

The complex sounds in the piece are created by only five human voices over a foundation of a single cello—the entirety of the Toby Twining Music ensemble.
August 14, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
The Fullness of Time

The Fullness of Time

Naming Jesus as both the Alpha and Omega is not just to say he was “there” at the beginning and has now run on ahead to the end, but to say that He subsumes both, because past and future are known relative to Him in communion with the Father and Spirit.
August 07, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
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Life In An Expanding Universe

Life In An Expanding Universe

Our dwelling in the universe—in short, our humanity—is enriched when we pay attention to what’s outside ourselves and ask it in.
July 31, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
 
Last Confessions of a Dying Star

Last Confessions of a Dying Star

We have grown accustomed to the idea that we know what we are looking at when we see a photograph—that a picture, a “snapshot,” gives us access to a “moment of truth” about the thing pictured
July 24, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Earth, Universe & Time 
6
 
Manifold

Manifold

Green has described her work as a “pursuit of truth and beauty,” and further said that “scientists, mathematicians, and artists all have an awareness of the infinite and eternal in the finite."
July 03, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
1
 
Adam’s Dream

Adam’s Dream

I have frequently argued that it is poets who are often the most clear on the most important issues of our faith, including this one.
June 26, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
1
 
Community Formed by Fire

Community Formed by Fire

Let me briefly suggest three elements in the pine savanna ecology that Christians may take as prompts for meditation on life in Christ.
June 12, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
History of Life 
3
 
Imaginative Engagement

Imaginative Engagement

Both the arts and sciences are facets of “faith seeking understanding,” and we reject the cultural trend of seeing each field of endeavor—science, the arts, theology, or even Christian ministry—as distinct, autonomous activities divorced from the others.
May 29, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
The Nets of God

The Nets of God

So it must be with us as we bear the imprint of our maker: neither the mundane “stuff” of which we are composed nor the “repeatable” processes by which that stuff was arranged diminish the identity we have with Christ.
May 22, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Living Fossil

Living Fossil

One of the assumptions underlying this worship project is that the sovereign God provides pointers or signposts to Himself in the natural world.
May 08, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Design 
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The Painting of Wings

The Painting of Wings

Poet Kathleen Housley deftly navigates the confluence of science, art, and theology, helping the reader see each of those defining streams of our humanity as emerging from the single source of the Creator.
May 01, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Out from Darkness

Out from Darkness

The culmination of Lent and our collective ruminations on new life through death, Easter has several emblems of its own—other natural symbols that can give a physical shape to our theology.
April 24, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
The Porcupine Shuffle

The Porcupine Shuffle

Palm Sunday forms a turning point in the season of Lent—a promise of the victory and coming Kingship of Jesus, but also a false climax of the story of His resolute march towards Jerusalem...
April 17, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
With What Kind of Body

With What Kind of Body

With Jesus, becoming like a buried seed is more about smallness and seeming insignificance than it is about bodily suffering, though the two are inescapably related: the seed must fall to the ground and be buried in order to live again.
April 03, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
3
 
Down by the Riverside

Down by the Riverside

A central and persistent mystery in both science and faith is the boundary between life and non-life.
March 27, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christ & New Creation 
 
Coppermouth

Coppermouth

Snakes—especially the poisonous varieties—evoke a primordial dread in many people, a response sometimes even attributed to God’s curse of enmity between Eve and the serpent in the second chapter of Genesis.
March 06, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Problem of Evil 
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Sugaring Moths

Sugaring Moths

Childhood collections of leaves or rocks or butterflies have often been gateways into lives of attentiveness to creation, if not full-fledged careers in science—or the arts.
February 27, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Finding Our Voice

Finding Our Voice

I wonder if the answer might lie not in our study of God but in our praise of Him.
February 13, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
2
 
The Answering of Prayers

The Answering of Prayers

What is it we do when we pray? Is it simply a matter of asking with the hopes of getting?
February 06, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Divine Action & Purpose 
8
 
One Seed

One Seed

Kimberly Alexander’s work as an artist is inextricably tied to her work as an ESL teacher, welcoming international students to her classroom and to their new country and language.
January 30, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Education 
 
What’s Art Got to Do With It?

What’s Art Got to Do With It?

This video features a discussion with Mark Sprinkle -- painter, educator, writer, and BioLogos Senior Fellow -- about the relationship between art and science.
January 26, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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Waves

Waves

What is the character of our creative interaction with the world—not only the material world alone, but also the spiritual one? What do we literally make of the gift we of all creatures have—to see the intricacies of the cosmos and to recognize that they point not just to a god or designer, but to the Lord who invites us into intimate relationship with Him and each other?
January 15, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
3
 
Goose

Goose

It is often said, “Knowledge equals Power.” But for all the explanatory power of science, we make a mistake If we adopt an instrumental view of the world and see the primary goal of our explorations as better control over the world rather than deeper understanding.
January 09, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Science & Worldviews 
2
 
Beginnings

Beginnings

In the artist’s own description of the plate, “God’s hand reaches from a swirl of clouds and passes the spark to three hands...."
January 02, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Human Origins 
 
Of Knots and Stars

Of Knots and Stars

In common parlance, knots are problems, not elegant solutions.
December 24, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
1
 
Called by Name

Called by Name

Just as the Lord gave Adam the task of naming the animals in the Garden, naming remains a central part of the scientific exploration of the world. But what does it mean to be “called by name”?
December 19, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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More than Songs

More than Songs

It has been said that the accessibility of the cosmos to mathematical investigation—it’s inordinate reasonableness—is one of its greatest mysteries. But our analytical selves often overlook the miracle that the Creation is sensible in addition to being reasonable.
November 28, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Design 
3
 
Come and See

Come and See

As Peter discovered, our theology is descriptive, not prescriptive; it is our collective and halting attempt to describe in coherent terms what we know of God by what we have seen of His acts and what we have read in His Word
November 08, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Christian Unity 
218
 
Haircap Gregarious

Haircap Gregarious

Holly Smith’s work, Haircap Gregarious, is part of her series of large, mixed-media fabric works responding to the intricate connections and pathways between the land and the creatures that live in it.
November 07, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
On Reading “A Psalm for a New Human Species”

On Reading “A Psalm for a New Human Species”

When reading Psalm 8 it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that the message at its center—concerning mankind’s “being made a little lower than the heavenly beings” and our dominion over creation—is actually at its heart.
September 19, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Human Origins, Image of God 
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Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

Eliot wrote Burnt Norton while wrestling not only with what it meant to stand for the Gospel and to have sacrificial integrity in faith, but also with the limitations of our understanding of the divine and our means of expression through language.
June 27, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle 
Lives of Faith 
3
 
Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World

Artist and BioLogos Senior Fellow Mark Sprinkle describes the importance of acknowledging the creative and subjective aspects of human knowledge in the midst of the debates about the relationship between science and faith.
January 01, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
 
Metaphor, Mystery, and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

Metaphor, Mystery, and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

Artist and BioLogos Senior Fellow Mark Sprinkle considers the role mystery plays in both science and faith, and why basing one's faith purely on reason in fact contributes to a rationalist view of the world rejected by many Christians.
November 01, 2010 
Mark Sprinkle