In the last week, I’ve been privy to three conversations with people for whom science has been a stumbling block to their faith. One person, a high school student, said he was interested and intrigued by “spiritual” things, but didn’t know how to reconcile these with scientific claims that he found persuasive (especially when his Christian friends told him they couldn’t be reconciled). Another, a twenty-something with some college education, has fallen away from his conservative Christian upbringing because he is pretty sure that science has shown such a belief system to be wrong. The last was a married man with a couple of kids. He and his wife both gave up their faith after college because of the problems they encountered with the creationism they were taught to be “the” Christian view of origins. Since then, he discovered resources on the BioLogos website that squarely addressed his questions, and he has been slowly piecing back together his faith in a new and more profound way.
There is no formula for generating beliefs in people. There are plenty of people with access to the same facts who end up believing different things. But for many Christians—like the ones I heard from this week—access to information about the position we call “evolutionary creation” could make a significant difference for reconciling science and Christian faith.
I’ve been working as BioLogos’ new Content Manager for a few weeks now. I’ve been super impressed (and, if I’m honest, even overwhelmed) at the amount of information accessible on our website. There are well over a thousand blog entries I’ve started wading through, not to mention the questions, videos, and other resources we’ve collected over the past few years. There is a lot of fantastic content here, but I know (because some of you have told me) that it can be a bit overwhelming for you, too. One of our goals for the months ahead is to bring greater organization to these resources so people can find what they’re interested in. Because of the dizzying array of information available today on the topic of origins, we are also working to develop some introductory materials that will help people who are new to these topics gain their bearings with greater ease.
We’d like to hear from you (in the comments or at email@example.com): what kinds of resources would help you understand and sort out the implications of origins science (primarily evolution and cosmology) for Christian faith? Our goal is not that everyone comes to agree with every detail of the BioLogos perspective, but we do hope to show that it is a legitimate option for evangelical Christians today. In so doing, perhaps stumbling blocks can be removed that otherwise have kept people from faith in Christ. We value your input and your support as we work to advance this mission.