During August, The BioLogos Forum covered a lot of ground in demonstrating the harmony of science and biblical Christian faith. At the beginning of the month, we featured two faithful Christians who not only accepted the truth of biological evolution, but also were at the forefront of science: Sara Joan Miles discussed the dialogue between Charles Darwin and legendary American botanist (and Evangelical) Asa Gray. And Tom Burnett profiled renowned ornithologist David Lack, the man who coined the term “Darwin’s Finches” and did the fieldwork to understand these icons of evolution. An updated FAQ on early Christian responses to Darwin and a new infographic rounded out our set of posts on the history of science and Christian faith.
Mid-month we turned to the biological and theological significance of death, with another FAQ update on Death before the Fall and a Southern Baptist Voices series exchange between John D. Laing and Jeff Schloss. As the promise of resurrected life in Christ is at the very center of our faith, we also shared three posts on different ways to think about the soul (and the persistence of life after death) in light of contemporary scientific understanding of the body and mind.
Finally, we rounded out the month with nearly two weeks of “back to school” posts addressing the complicated but often inspiring relationship between science and the Church in several educational contexts—from homeschooling to public middle and high schools to Christian colleges. The centerpiece of our education emphasis was a four-part series from Southern Nazarene University physicist Mark Winslow, describing the process by which biology and other majors at a Christian university come to peace with evolution, negotiate relationships with parents and professors, and go forth to lead lives centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Essays from several other teachers also spoke of the way that teaching young people the truth about God’s created order enriches faith in the Creator Himself.
Finally, August saw Ted Davis continue his extremely popular exploration of the five ways to relate science and the Bible, covering the framework view and then beginning several posts on the history of theistic evolution. Looking forward to September, Ted will turn to Intelligent Design; we’ll have the conclusion of our Southern Baptist Voices series; and we’ll delve further into the problem of natural evil, ethics, and recent discussions of human uniqueness. Stay tuned for an exciting fall!