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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.

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 1: Early years

From ID to BioLogos

In this series, Dennis Venema describes his personal journey that took him away from the Intelligent Design arguments toward the evolutionary creation worldview. Through careful and honest research, he discovered ID scientific reasoning to be analogy-based, in sharp contrast to evolutionary science, which was supported by concrete data. After accepting this view, God’s presence ever strengthened him as he explored the compatibility between the Bible and God’s creative mechanism.
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 1: Early years

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 1: Early years

For those familiar with my work here at BioLogos, it might come as a surprise to know that until relatively recently I was a supporter of the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM). In this series of posts, I tell the story of my transition to the view that God uses evolution as a creative mechanism.
July 20, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
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From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 2: Embracing Intelligent Design

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 2: Embracing Intelligent Design

It was not long after my (now embarrassing to me) actions that I was first introduced to the ID movement through the work of Michael Behe. Ironically enough, I was introduced to ID by a vocally pro-evolution professor.
August 05, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
7
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 3: An Unexpected Opportunity

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 3: An Unexpected Opportunity

I had heard quite a bit of anti-ID rhetoric at the conference, and I remember thinking it best to look at the case for ID first, before looking at the case for evolution. It would turn out to be a fateful choice.
August 12, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
7
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 4: Reading Behe

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 4: Reading Behe

I intended to start my research by reading Behe’s then-new book Edge of Evolution. I poured myself a cup of coffee, closed my office door, readied notepad and paper, and settled in.
August 18, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
64
 
From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 5: Epilogue

From Intelligent Design to BioLogos, Part 5: Epilogue

My transition from aligning myself with the Intelligent Design Movement to accepting evolution was rather sudden. Looking back on this transition, I realized that a few factors had helped.
August 25, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design, Lives of Faith 
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