Note: We are extremely pleased to introduce Dr. Richard Mouw as the newest addition to our board of directors. Dr. Mouw is a leading figure in the world of evangelical scholarship, and we welcome his wisdom and experience at BioLogos. This article is adapted from a short lecture delivered on September 30, 2014 at “Celebrating Creation”, a BioLogos conference in New York City.
I am excited and pleased to be a part of the BioLogos community. It is a privilege for me to serve as a new board member. The kinds of discussions BioLogos is encouraging and sponsoring are much needed these days in the evangelical community. We need safe places in which to raise the complex issues of submitting wholeheartedly to the authority of God’s Word in the Scriptures while wrestling with the important findings and perspectives in the natural sciences. BioLogos is very much a “safe place” venue for those wrestlings!
My own life story witnesses to the importance of this dialogue. I went to a large public high school in New Jersey. Somebody gave me a book to prepare me for the challenges that I would face taking biology courses and the like. It was published in 1938 by Eerdmans Publishing Company, and it was called Monkey Mileage from Amoeba to Man. I don’t remember much about it, but I do remember one little poem that we were encouraged to learn in a fundamentalist Bible group that I belonged to in that high school. The poem went like this:“Once I was a monkey, long and thin. Then I was a froggy with my tail tucked in. Then I was a baboon in a tropical tree. And, now I am a professor with a Ph.D.” As you might imagine, that did not get me very far in wrestling with the issues.