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Videocasts: Randomness & Fossil Dating

The BioLogos mission is to be a leading voice reconciling the realms of science and faith, so it’s essential that we provide resources that reach people of all ages and backgrounds in the conversation. Our latest videocast project, now headed by student intern Joy Walters, does just that. Seeking to engage her peers at the university level (and in the church in general), she explores the difficult questions that come up when thinking through evolution in regard to Christian faith.

Speaking on issues she’s personally grappled with, Joy clarifies the scientific ideas and evidence for evolution, while addressing the seeming problems and contradictions it poses to God’s Word. The videocast utilizes both audio and visual components (pictures, videos, and animations) to take viewers on a journey as they explore specific questions such as, “Is evolution a random process?” and “What are the limits of evolutionary theory?” What’s more, these videos are specifically designed so that someone can understand the material being presented without prior knowledge of the subject. The first video in the series (Randomness and Evolution: Is There Room for God?) tackled the common misconception that evolution is a random process, while explaining why this scientific theory does not discount God’s sovereign guidance of creation. This month’s addition—Hominids Lived Millions of Years Ago, but How Can We Tell?—investigates the process of fossil dating, highlights a couple of field cases where fossils of ancient human ancestors (called hominids) were clearly dated, and explores some theological questions that human evolution raises, if true.