February Blog Highlights
This month, both of our BioLogos Fellows are starting new series for blog readers! Dennis Venema, our Fellow for Biology, offers readers a basic introduction to the science of evolution through his new series “Evolution Basics”. He explains:
The goal of this course is straightforward: to provide evangelical Christians with a step-by-step introduction to the science of evolutionary biology. This will provide benefits beyond just the joy of learning more about God’s wonderful creation. An understanding of the basic science of evolution is of great benefit for reflecting on its theological implications, since this reflection can then be done from a scientifically-informed perspective.
The first installment in the course has already been posted, explaining what a scientific theory is, and how scientists use them to make predictions about how the world works.
Meanwhile, Ted Davis, Fellow for the History of Science, has turned his focus, to the life and works of Dr. John Polkinghorne, one of the leading Christian thinkers of our time. Polkinghorne was frequently cited by Davis in his popular “Science and the Bible” course last year. His introductory post offers some biographical background on Polkinghorne, but the highlight of the series will be edited excerpts from two of his best works, Belief in God in an Age of Science and Theology in the Context of Science. These will be presented with commentary from Davis to “help readers delve more deeply into some of Polkinghorne’s most important ideas.”
Another highlight this month was a four-part series “A Faith Journey in a Medical Science Career” by Dr. John Pohl, a pediatric gastroenterologist and professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah. Pohl brings a unique perspective on the science and faith dialogue, sharing his insights on his personal faith (part 1) and the experiences of students wrestling with faith and science (part 2). In part 3, he describes his own clinical work on cystic fibrosis, a disease where discoveries in human genetics have led to better treatments and evolutionary science provides important insights. However, one of the most useful takeaways from Dr. Pohl’s essay is his advice (part 4) for how Christian brothers and sisters can come together to discuss science. He offers specific advice for Christians who are skeptical of evolution yet want to welcome scientists into their congregation as well as scientist Christians who accept evolution yet are unsure how to raise the issue in church.
Pohl emphasizes the most important piece of advice: “to remember that as Christians we must work together despite our differing views on how God created to celebrate the wonders our Creator has allowed and work together to share the message of Christ.”