I taught biology, without an accurate understanding of the theory of evolution, for seven years. I resisted teaching the topic in fear of abandoning my belief in the literal interpretation of Genesis. After having an intense conversation with a brilliant engineer about my own understanding of Genesis and failing to convince him that an old earth doesn’t fit with the Bible’s story of creation, I was compelled to further my learning about the theory of evolution.
In the midst of earning my master’s degree at Miami University, I signed up for a class on evolution. The night before the first class, I grew fearful of having my faith shaken and dreamt about having a conversation that left a profound impact on my heart and provided a clear perspective while attending my first class. The dream spoke of John 14:8, where Philip asks, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Philip wanted proof that God exists (as do many people today), and Jesus responded, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:11, NIV) That simple statement could anchor my faith. The age of the earth does not change what happened thousands of years ago but it does change my view of Genesis. For the first time, I was able to learn the theory of evolution without fear, which was foundational for understanding the mechanisms of evolution with an open mind.
Today, I teach the theory of evolution fearlessly, thanks largely to the insights I have received from BioLogos and its community of scientist-believers. I was strongly influenced by publications from Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Ken Miller as well as other members of this important ministry. Identifying with a community of scientist-believers such as BioLogos, gives me additional resources to offer my students who struggle with embracing evolution. The resources offered on BioLogos’ website are invaluable to Christian and Jewish students who hunger to read and learn from scientists who are believers.
Mark Folta, Biology Teacher
Lakota East Public High School, Liberty Township, OH
BioLogos’ commitment to nurturing the harmony between science and faith has not only been greatly inspiring to me, but has also been monumental in building my faith in Jesus Christ.
While growing up, I was raised with the notion that religious practices should not be imposed upon a child by his/her parents, thus the world of faith and religion was not something I considered much. As an aspiring scientist, I focused my attention on my studies and found peace in understanding the world through the eyes of science. While I believed in God, I didn’t really know what that meant or looked like and wasn’t sure how that fit in with my scientific views. While I was continuing my studies as a student, getting my PhD in biochemistry and biophysics only pushed my endeavors for understanding faith and religion farther from the forefront of my mind.
That was my course until I was faced with my fair share of hardships and began questioning whether a career in scientific research was really what I wanted to pursue. Through the love of my father and the friendship of a colleague that God put in my path, I finally turned to the Lord with a rather cynical heart. I was still unsure how I would be able to reconcile my scientific views and newfound faith until I discovered BioLogos. The resources available on the BioLogos website allowed me to realize that many scientists have found harmony between faith and science. These resources fueled my hunger to learn more about our Creator and stirred a passion in me to be an advocate for the unity between science and faith and to help others.
I am forever grateful for the mission of BioLogos and all of the resources this ministry provides. My life would not be same without this organization.
PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2013; Post-doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina
My name is Dr. Dean Smith, and I pastor a multi-site church in Silicon Valley. My early years as a Christian included a heavy emphasis on Young Earth Creationism, but later I become agnostic, at best, on the issue of origins. Not that I doubted God’s involvement; I was anxious to preach through Genesis 1-4, but I knew I could not honestly teach it the way it had been taught to me.
In Spring 2009, as a board member of the company Highway Media, I was invited to Washington D.C. to attend the initial launch of the BioLogos website. Since then, my involvement with BioLogos has transformed not only my understanding of origins but also brought me fresh perspective to faith, science, and life. The people who have shaped the message and ministry of BioLogos, including Francis Collins, Deborah Haarsma and Darrel Falk, have helped me migrate to a vibrant faith that makes much more sense. With wisdom and humility, BioLogos has bridged scientific truth to the conservative evangelical world by stimulating informed, constructive conversations allowing me to preach on Genesis 1-4 with honesty.
In 2011, I served as producer of From the Dust, a feature-length documentary film released jointly by Highway Media and BioLogos. The film was created as a tool for BioLogos to further its mission of truth seeking with a high view of scripture. BioLogos consistently provides invaluable resources that transform our understanding of matters of science and faith.
Our first church site still meets across the street from Stanford University. We have a large number of scientists within our Palo Alto church community. The ministry of BioLogos helps them integrate their faith with their work and establishes a base for conversations about science and faith through our church communities.
Dr. Dean N. Smith
Senior Pastor, The Highway Community
I am Shiao Chong, a Christian Reformed Campus Minister serving at York University in Toronto. I have known BioLogos for a few years now, and have recently been more involved—attending its annual conference and writing a post for its blog.
As a campus minister, I have found that many university students struggle with the tensions and apparent conflicts between faith and science. BioLogos provides resources that help me, a campus minister, walk with my students in their faith struggles on the faith and science issues. I have referred students to BioLogos’ website for multiple resources.
The faith-versus-science dichotomy is very much alive at the campus I serve. Both Christian and non-Christian students are caught in this simplistic either-or framework, and I have found this to be an intellectual barrier to both holistic Christian discipleship and to evangelism. The work and examples of Christian scientists at BioLogos break down this barrier as students begin to see how science is not inherently an enemy to Christian faith, and may not even be used as such.
Therefore, I thank God for BioLogos’ work and ministry. It is a rare, but important, perspective and voice in the midst of loud clamors from the extreme ends of the faith and science debate. Hence, I ask that you support and ensure that this vital ministry continues its good work.
Pastor Shiao Chong
Chaplain & Director of Leadership, Culture and Christianity
A recognized student club at York University, Toronto, Canada
In 2007, I embraced evolutionary creationism as the best scientific and theological paradigm through which to view the natural world and understand God’s strategy to redeem humanity from the power of sin. At the time, I was disheartened by the glaring absence of a solidly evangelical Christian organization that could educate the Church in two key areas: the truth found in the book of God’s word (Jesus Christ’s role as the Living Word) as well as the truth found in the book of God’s works (nature’s physical testimony to God’s role as Creator).
My soul was uplifted when Dr. Francis Collins filled that void with BioLogos. Although it began as a minor presence in the evangelical Christian community, BioLogos had the ability to reach those who have struggled to reconcile science with their faith in Christ. Their ministry has grown exponentially over the last five years, bringing together a wealth of scientific knowledge and thoughtful, Christ-centered theology under one roof. I commonly refer people who are genuinely seeking answers to the BioLogos website.
Yet my interactions with BioLogos representatives over the years reveal to me that they are unsatisfied with the organization’s efforts to date. It is not that they are disappointed with past efforts; rather, they have grander plans to improve and expand the outreach BioLogos has using a variety of media. Outreach requires funding and, as you know, money doesn’t grow on phylogenetic trees. It is for this reason that my wife and I choose to support BioLogos on a monthly basis.
BioLogos improved its outreach recently with the decision to give voice to laypeople who have experienced a positive impact from their resources. In 2012, BioLogos published my five-part essay, “Confronting Our Fears,” allowing me—as a lay theologian and lay scientist—to come alongside BioLogos and provide a unique “from-the-pews” perspective. The work of BioLogos is not just the work of PhDs. It is the work of Christ-followers like you and me.
Commander in the U.S. Navy
“Today, I teach the theory of evolution fearlessly, thanks largely to the insights I have received from BioLogos and its community of scientist-believers.” —Mark Folta, Biology Teacher
“I was still unsure how I would be able to reconcile my scientific views and newfound faith until I discovered BioLogos.” —Natasha Strande, Student
“Since then, my involvement with BioLogos has transformed not only my understanding of origins but also brought me fresh perspective to faith, science, and life.” —Dean Smith, Senior Pastor
“BioLogos provides resources that help me, a campus minister, walk with my students in their faith struggles on the faith and science issues.” —Shiao Chong, Chaplain
“The work of BioLogos is not just the work of PhDs. It is the work of Christ-followers like you and me.” —Mike Beidler, Commander in the U.S. Navy