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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.

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 1

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science

Kenton Sparks aims to “rethink the nature of the conflict” between the theory of evolution and God’s word in this five part series. To accomplish this, he looks at the interpretative methods used by Augustine and Calvin when reconciling scientific and scriptural understanding. He then highlights the Biblical principle that nature reveals God’s truth. Drawing attention to the old controversy over heliocentricity raised by Copernicus, he calls the church to recognize the folly of rejecting established science. He concludes with the amazing testimony of one scholar who was led to the Lord by the beauty and complexity of evolution.
Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 1

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 1

Whenever two biblical texts seemed to contradict each other on a “literal” reading, Augustine was quite willing to assume that one or both were figural or allegorical. In a similar way, Augustine found it important to use his interpretive strategies to harmonize Scripture with the accredited results of science.
February 06, 2010 
Kenton Sparks 
Biblical Interpretation 
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Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 2

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 2

As a rule, God has not specially revealed in Scripture those things that human beings can figure out for ourselves. Basic facts about electricity, magnetism, gravity, quantum physics and genetics, however interesting, could not have been understood by ancient readers.
February 12, 2010 
Kenton Sparks 
Biblical Interpretation 
32
 
Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 3

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 3

The theological debates surrounding the Copernican revolution are fascinating for anyone interested in the perennial problem of faith and science. When Copernicus (1473-1543) proffered his heliocentric theory in the 16th century, it met with sharp resistance both within the Catholic Church and among the Reformers.
February 18, 2010 
Kenton Sparks 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 4

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 4

Given the parallels between the cosmology of Genesis and ancient cosmology, are we not wiser to view Genesis as a book of theology and ancient scholarship? I think that the answer must be yes.
February 20, 2010 
Kenton Sparks 
Biblical Interpretation 
2
 
Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 5

Scripture, Evolution and the Problem of Science, Part 5

Knowing something of the man's family background, and having deduced from the conversation that he was deeply committed to evolutionary theory, I was a bit surprised to learn that he was a confessing Christian. And as you might guess, it was not the usual evangelical conversion tale.
February 26, 2010 
Kenton Sparks 
Lives of Faith 
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