In July, The BioLogos Forum fostered conversation on topics including the image of God, the discovery of the Higgs boson, and how a faithful reading of Genesis is compatible with belief in an old earth. Indeed, Lennox’s essay (discussed as our featured series) landed squarely on our overarching theme for the month: That there is compelling and trustworthy evidence for a 4.6 billion-year-old earth, and that support for that view has been strong and widespread within the Christian church since the 19th century, even before Darwin came on the scene.
Ted Davis’s series on ways of relating science and the Bible continued with his history of Concordance, also known as “old earth creationism.” Until the 20th century, this view—that most fossils and other evidence are not only trustworthy as to the age of the earth, but even support the Scriptures—was the dominant one in the American evangelical community. And it still enjoys widespread support today. Reasons To Believe (RTB) is one organization that holds to this view, for instance. Despite the fact that concordist and BioLogos positions sharply diverge over biological origins (RTB rejects macroevolution and common descent), we agree on many other points, including that evidence from geology, the fossil record, radiometric dating, ice cores, and tree rings all point to an old earth. During July, these lines of evidence were explored and explained on The Forum through an updated FAQ, a new infographic, and a videocast from Joy Walters. We ended our “looking back” month with some new resources about human evolution, as well.
Finally, we can’t forget the ongoing dialogue with Southern Baptist seminarians through our Southern Baptist Voices series. July’s installment was an exchange between philosophers Bruce Little (of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Robert Bishop (of Wheaton College) on the issue of “essentialism” in mankind and the animals. It was also the fifth of the seven exchanges, with the last two coming up in August and September. Next month’s topic is the place of death in the evolutionary account, and we conclude the series in September by considering the problem of evil. So check back with The BioLogos Forum regularly as we explore the distinctive place of BioLogos within the science-and-faith conversation, and celebrate the common ground we share with so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ.