Introducing a New Video Series: What Is BioLogos?

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February 12, 2014 Tags: BioLogos

Today's entry was written by Jim Stump and Andrew DeSelm. You can read more about what we believe here.

The BioLogos website contains lots of fantastic resources, but we know they’re not always easy for the casual web surfer to find. And especially for people new to the Christianity and evolution discussion, we’ve recognized that there needs to be an easier way to wade into the sometimes treacherous waters. So we’ve embarked on a project of creating a series of short, snappy videos that will introduce a topic and then provide links to further resources on our site that are appropriate next steps. The plan is to produce one of these per month for the next several months. Eventually they’ll be housed on their own page on our site, and you can find them on our YouTube channel. Today we “premiere” the first of these, which is just a quick introduction to BioLogos—who we are, where we came from, what the word means. Share it with your family and friends who have wondered what sort of organization we are. Let us know what you think and what other topics we need to introduce in this way.

Script: Jim Stump and Andrew DeSelm

Narrator: Jim Stump

Video production: Andrew DeSelm

Next steps for exploring this topic:

  • Our History – more about the founding and development of the BioLogos Foundation
  • BioLoguration – the first blog post by Francis Collins, announcing the launch of the BioLogos website
  • BioLogos in One Sentence – President Deborah Haarsma’s blog post on the new Mission Statement and articulation of Core Commitments
  • About Us – profiles of current team members and board members, our beliefs, and other information about the organization
  • Resource Finder – the tool for finding other resources on our site by type and tag, or using the search box for author and date

Video Script

So what is BioLogos? Well it all began with a scientist and a book. Francis Collins, the physician and geneticist who led the Human Genome Project, wrote the book, The Language of God. In it he describes his own journey from atheism to Christian faith, and the harmony between Christianity and science (and especially evolution). Collins began receiving letters from people asking further questions about science and faith so he formed the BioLogos Foundation in 2007. The idea was to develop a website to house resources for this conversation. It launched in 2009, and now receives thousands of visits each day.

The term “BioLogos” comes from two Greek words: bios, which means “life” like in our words “biology” (the study of life) or “biohazard” (something not very pleasant for life); and the word “logos”, which can mean a bunch of different things like “the study of” or “reason” or “word”. Collins had in mind the use of the term from the first chapter of the Gospel of John where Christ is called “the Logos”, usually translated into English as “Word”. The Gospel starts with “In the beginning was the Word” and a few verses later says, “All things came into being through the Word.” So BioLogos references the fact that Christ is the source of all life. Therefore life is an expression of the will of God.

Today, BioLogos still addresses the questions people asked Collins. And we’re the premier organization producing resources on multiple platforms, which celebrate the compatibility of evolutionary creation and biblical faith. These resources are not just for scientists, but also pastors, small groups, parents, and anyone else interested understanding what science and the Bible reveal about the development of life.

 


Jim Stump has served as the Content Manager at BioLogos since August 2013. As such he oversees the development of new content and curates the existing content. Jim's PhD is in philosophy from Boston University where he wrote a dissertation on the history and philosophy of science. He is the author (with Chad Meister) of Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010) and the editor (with Alan Padgett) of the Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Jim is a frequent speaker at churches and other groups on topics at the intersection of science and Christianity.
Andrew DeSelm received a master’s degree in Film Studies from SUNY Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and English Education from Bethel College. He currently teaches film studies and composition at Indiana University South Bend. He additionally works in video production including commercials and music videos.

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