Faith Journeys and Genetic History
The work of our Evolution and Christian Faith (ECF) grantees took on a higher profile in the blog during September. John Walton gave us a glimpse into his grant-sponsored speaking tour and the cultural insights he gleaned from discussions all over the world about the creation accounts in Genesis. Kerry Fulcher, part of the Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project, reflected graciously on the attitude with which science and faith discussions could more profitably be conducted. And David Vosburg, who is working on a project to develop materials for campus ministry, recounted his personal journey as a chemist by answering the question, “What does Christ have to do with chemistry?” Finally, we shared the transcript of Pastor Daniel Harrell’s address to the grantees at the ECF workshop this summer, in which he described the extravagant love of Christ and reflected on how this sheds light on the apparent excess and waste inherent in the process of evolution (you can learn more in our Q&A with Rev. Harrell elsewhere in this month’s newsletter).
Steve Roels began the month with a two part series recounting his trip to the Galápagos Islands for the Third World Summit on Evolution. Don’t miss Roels’ conclusion—a moving poetic reflection on the created order by combining the insights of Darwin and the Psalms of David.
Our fellows Dennis Venema and Ted Davis have continued their series on Evolution Basics and The Faith of a Great Scientist: Robert Boyle’s Religious Life, Attitudes, and Vocation, respectively. Venema’s careful explanations of the Cambrian diversification of life forms seeks to correct misimpressions many have about this important event in fossil history, detailing how scientists work out the relationship of fossils based on the body plans of present-day species. Meanwhile, Davis’s on-going portrait of legendary scientist Robert Boyle offers a glimpse into the heart of this great scientist as evidenced by his Christian commitment and convictions.
Finally, we shared three short video interviews with BioLogos Senior Scholar Jeff Schloss: Understanding Evangelical Opposition to Evolution, Evolution: What We Know and What We Don’t, and Are We Genetically Predisposed to Believe in God? These video conversations give good introductions to some of the flashpoints for Christians considering evolutionary explanations and suggest ways for us to deal with these potentially difficult topics.