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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.

Evolution and the Origin of Biological Information, Part 1: Intelligent Design

Evolution and the Origin of Biological Information

Dennis Venema begins this series by summarizing a key Intelligent Design belief: that if we see specified information, we infer design because we are unaware of a mechanism that can bring about specified information in the absence of intelligence. In each subsequent part of the series, Venema shows why this argument is wrong. Venema presents evidence to show that natural mechanisms can, in fact, explain the origin of new information. He reminds his readers, however, that this does not in any manner exclude God from the process.

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Evolution and the Origin of Biological Information, Part 1: Intelligent Design

Evolution and the Origin of Biological Information, Part 1: Intelligent Design

One prominent antievolutionary argument put forward by the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM) is that significant amounts of biological information cannot be created through evolutionary mechanisms – processes such as random mutation and natural selection.
March 10, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design 
197
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 2: E. Coli vs. ID

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 2: E. Coli vs. ID

An experiment with this level of detail might sound too good to be true, but one of exactly this sort has been going on since the late 1980s, studying the bacterium, E. Coli. It’s called the Long Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE)
March 24, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design 
164
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 3: CSI on Steroids

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 3: CSI on Steroids

Bringing an ancient gene back to life starts with determining what its DNA sequence was. While researchers usually don’t have direct access to ancient DNA, we have the next best thing.
April 07, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Design 
193
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 4

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 4

Are all proteins so connected? If evolution has produced the diversity in protein form and function that we observe today, this pattern should be common.
April 25, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
21
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 5

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 5

Far from being rare exceptions, multiple lines of genomics evidence point to new structures, functions and information being produced through natural means.
May 19, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
11
 
The Origin of Biological Information, Part 6

The Origin of Biological Information, Part 6

Of interest for our purposes here is the simple realization that a relatively small number of subtle genetic changes undergird the large biological differences we observe between humans and chimpanzees.
July 07, 2011 
Dennis Venema 
Genetics 
81