Science, Devotionals, and Insights
October’s blog featured scientific articles on Neandertals by James Kidder, on the Cambrian “explosion” in the fossil record in BioLogos fellow Dennis Venema’s ongoing series, and on the implications of cosmology by Elliot Nelson. We are pleased to keep producing cutting edge content by scientists who are active in their fields.
We also included several more devotional pieces this month on the blog. BioLogos board member Jeff Hardin reflected on the latest edition of Thoreau’s natural history essays, applying Thoreau’s advice on observing nature to Christian scientists. Pastor Jon Van Sloten gave a sermon on the discovery one of his parishioners made regarding a stress-regulating mechanism in the brain. And Daniel Hamlin wrote a very nice post giving his testimony of how his faith has been reinvigorated by considering contemporary science. That post attracted attention from Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and caused us to think through again how we should respond to our critics. We opted for a minimalist approach and thoroughly appreciated the tone with which Hamlin himself responded in Christian love.
We turned to John Walton again for insights on biblical interpretation. He unpacked what the text really says in its Ancient Near Eastern context in Joshua 10 when Joshua prays for the sun to stand still. BioLogos fellow Ted Davis continued to fill in the portrait of Robert Boyle that he’s been sketching for us. This time we saw Boyle’s conviction that science is a legitimate Christian vocation.