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Q&A

On a daily basis, info@biologos.org receives a plethora of questions from people all over the world. We try our best to answer as many emails as possible. Check out this example of a question we recently received. You may have had a similar question yourself.

Question:
Dear BioLogos,

1. Can you point me to some reading matter that explains why the human genome compels belief in theistic evolution?

2. And what does this belief do to one’s view of Scripture? I’m not aware of anything in Genesis 1–3 that announces or even implies, "This is a story, not history.” Is inerrancy still possible?

Thanks,
J. W.

Answer:
Hi J. W.,

I am Tom Burnett, the associate editor at BioLogos. You asked some excellent questions! I appreciate your asking them, as it’s given me time to do some reflecting of my own. I don’t think any particular book or article will satisfy your curiosity completely, but that’s a good thing—major topics such as evolutionary theory and biblical interpretation require much time and investigation for a full understanding. For that reason, our blog explores these issues on an ongoing basis through the perspectives of many great scholars and pastors. So let me recommend a few places to start.

Michael Marcacci

As to your first question—"Why does the human genome compel belief in theistic evolution?”—I recommend this series from the geneticist Dennis Venema. Dennis didn’t come to embrace theistic evolution because of the human genome alone, but through a wide array of scientific study, theological reflection, and personal experiences. He explains why the genetic evidence is so compelling.

Regarding your second question—"What does this belief do to one’s view of Scripture?”—we have an excellent series by Dr. John Dickson that deals with interpretation of Genesis 1.

And regarding your question of biblical inerrancy, I recommend this video by pastor Joel Hunter and this two-part series by seminary professor Michael Horton.

I hope this is helpful,
Tom Burnett