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BioLogos Basics Video #8: Genetics

Some of the strongest evidence for the common ancestry of all life forms comes from genetics.

 

Series: Adam, Eve, and Human Population Genetics (15 entries)

 

The Wax Adam: Historical, Biographical, Archetypal, or Literary?

The history of interpretation of Adam from Genesis to the 1st Century reveals a bold and astonishing diversity in which the authors made of Adam what they needed of Adam.

 

From the Archives: Evolution as a Scientific Theory

In common English usage, “theory” means something like “guess” or “hunch”. In science, however, a theory is an idea that has stood the test of time.

 

What does the fossil record show?

Though the fossil record does not include every plant and animal that ever lived, it provides substantial evidence for the common descent of life via evolution. The fossil record is a remarkable gift for the study of nature.

 

What is Evolution?

The word evolution can be used in many ways, but in biology, it means descent with modification. In other words, small modifications occur at the genetic level (i.e. in DNA) when a new generation descends from its parents. Over many generations these modifications can result in significant differences from the ancestral population.

 

"Natural" and "Supernatural" are Modern Categories, Not Biblical Ones

When we make distinctions between natural and supernatural activity in Scripture, not only do we push our modern categories into the Bible, but we also limit God’s action.

 

What is the genetic evidence for human evolution?

The more research that is done on DNA, the more evidence we find that all life is related.

 

Series: Evolution and Image Bearers (2 entries)

If, according to evolutionary theory, the human species has evolved from non-human ancestors over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, how might we understand humans as uniquely bearing the image of God?

 

The Changing Face of Evolutionary Theory?

Is evolution driven mainly by random genetic variation, or are there other factors at play? Michael Burdett reviews the scientific debate.

 

I Have a Friend Who Believes Science Disproves Faith, Part 1

Is Christianity anti-science? Can Christians be good scientists? Is science the only source of true knowledge? Pastor Dave Gustavsen of Jacksonville Chapel addresses these issues.

 

On the Evolution of the Imago Dei: Insights from St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas helps us understand how the image of God in man might have developed through evolution.

 

What makes BioLogos different from Evolutionism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design?

A short guide to where BioLogos fits in the origins debate.

 

Series: BioLogos Interviews Bill Nye (3 entries)

Interview with Bill Nye and follow-up thoughts from president Haarsma.

 

The “Cosmogonic” Form of Genesis 1

In both form and content, then, Genesis 1 reveals that its basic purposes are religious and theological, not scientific or historical.

 

Series: Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt” (11 entries)

 

From the Archives: Miracles and Science, Part 5

By getting rid of the miracle stories in the Bible, Bultmann and his followers hoped to make the Christian story more palatable to modern man. Although I recognize the emotional weight of this sentiment, I am not convinced that it is an intellectually coherent approach, mainly for reasons of self-consistency.

 

Series: Saturday Science Links (27 entries)

The biggest science stories of the week are reviewed.

 

Series: Evolution Basics (50 entries)

Written by BioLogos Fellow of Biology Dennis Venema, this series of posts is intended as a basic introduction to the science of evolution for non-specialists.

 

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

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

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