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From the Archives: What Is Scientism?

Originally posted on June 11, 2012. Scientism is a rather strange word, but for reasons that we shall see, a useful one. Though this term has been coined rather recently, it is associated with many other “isms” with long and turbulent histories: materialism, naturalism, reductionism, empiricism, and positivism.

 

On Beginning to Understand the Intelligence of Design: Reflections on “Darwinism and the Divine” by Alister McGrath (Part 1)

When a Christian explores divine action in nature, that person also moves into the realm of revealed purpose and meaning of existence—each of which emanate from within the triune God who is love.

 

Ch. 7: Roaming Through the Night to Find My Place in this World

Is it possible to value humanity’s place in the universe too much?

 

Series: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Evolution (6 entries)

 

The Genesis Rock

The story of the Genesis Rock reminds us of how biblical and scientific accounts, despite their different purviews and purposes, remain inexorably linked in our understanding of origins.

 

Growing Up Evangelical: My Story of Making Peace With Evolution

My childhood in the evangelical church gave me the toolkit that led me to eventually accept the evidence for evolution, and marvel at the God who created it all.

 

Series: Reviewing "Surprised by Scripture" by N.T. Wright (3 entries)

 

Science and Theology: Questioning the “Two-State Solution”

Theology needs science, but science needs theology; there can be no two-state solution.

 

Ken Ham, We Need a Better Conversation (Perhaps Over Dinner?)

BioLogos president Deb Haarsma responds to Ken Ham’s recent comments about Hugh Ross, and pleads for a more gracious conversation between Christians on issues of faith and science.

 

The Evolution of a Southern Baptist

Recent high-school graduate Jacob shares about his journey from young-earth creationism to evolutionary creationism, and how his faith was challenged and strengthened along the way.

 

A Biologist's Perspective

In this video originally featured in March of 2012, Dr. David Finch, a biologist at New York University, discusses his thoughts on both Creationism and the effects of "new atheists" like Richard Dawkins.

 

Responses to David Barash on God and Evolution in the Classroom

Here are some of the best responses from around the web to David's Barash's controversial editorial about God and Evolution in the New York Times.

 

The Tradition of Wisdom for Today: a Relational Theology of Science

If discussions of science and religion sometimes get bogged down in Genesis, perhaps that is because they have not made the preparatory journey through the rich material of the Wisdom books.

 

Series: Communication, Love, And Faith: A “Sayonara” from former BioLogos Web Editor Emily Ruppel (2 entries)

 

BioLogos Basics Video #5: How Old Is the Earth?

At BioLogos, we believe that a serious and faithful reading of Scripture doesn’t call for a recent origin to the earth, and we are persuaded that God has shown us through the natural world he created that his creative work began much earlier.

 

Series: Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt” (9 entries)

 

Origins News Roundup for September 3, 2014

This week's news features volcanoes, skeletons, and stars, as well as a thought-provoking new book from InterVarsity press.

 

Scientific Passions

All of science’s discoveries are undergirded by beliefs about the true, good, and beautiful, which makes it all the more tragic when scientists claim to have risen above the search for these things.

 

Surprised by Snow Globes

But what I heard on Sundays did not seem to fit with what I experienced of the world the rest of the week. Growing up in New Mexico in the cottonwood bosque of the Rio Grande valley provided everything for a kid to become a biologist. I roamed along the river, cooked over cottonwood fires, ate wild asparagus, watched clouds form thunderheads over the distant peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

 

Series: Excerpts from “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution” (13 entries)

We need to hear stories from others who have wrestled with evolution and Christian faith. What arguments made them change their views on science? How did they hold fast to their relationship with God? The essays in this series will eventually comprise a book, provisionally titled, “Evolving: Evangelicals Reflect on Evolution.”

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