Conflicts ≠ CONFLICT: My Last Word on Cornelius Hunter’s Misunderstanding of the History of Science and Religion
Cornelius Hunter’s charge that BioLogos promotes the Warfare Thesis of science and religion is rooted in a misunderstanding of what historians have actually said about that idea.
Here’s What’s Not Going on with BioLogos
Cornelius Hunter’s claim that BioLogos advances the “Warfare Thesis” between science and religion is wholly unfounded.
Science Versus God in Tennessee: Has Anything Really Changed?
Ninety years is a long time, and so much has changed all over the world. But have the cultural perceptions about science and religion changed since the Scopes Trial in 1925?
Addressing Our Poverty of Perspective
I am growing in my appreciation for a diversity of ears to hear Scripture and a diversity of cultures to interpret God's call on our lives.
"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.
Did Newton’s God Vanish with the “Gaps” in His Science?
In none of these cases was Newton inserting God into a “gap” into our knowledge that science would someday fill. Rather, his prior belief in God helped him arrive at attitudes and ideas that have unquestionably advanced our understanding of nature.
If God created the universe, what created God?
Many arguments claiming to prove the existence of God have been proposed throughout the centuries. A popular argument is that, since all effects come from causes, there must have been a “first cause” that is outside the material world—an “uncaused cause”. The response to many of these arguments, however, is: “If God created the world, what created God?
Is Science-Religion Conflict Always a Bad Thing? Some Augustinian Considerations
Historian Peter Harrison argues that harmony between faith and science is not as simple as it seems, and some versions of "harmony" can do damage to the Christian faith.
What makes BioLogos different from Evolutionism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design?
A short guide to where BioLogos fits in the origins debate.
Series: Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt” (11 entries)
Divine Ingenuity and Divine Hiddenness
Divine Hiddenness is the claim that our public evidence is strong enough to make Christian faith reasonable, but not strong enough to make it compelling.
Series: From the Archives: Miracles and Science (5 entries)
Newton, Leibniz, and the Role of God in Planetary Orbits
In the early 1700s, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz famously disagreed about whether God periodically "corrected" the orbits of the planets. Why their disagreement matters for today's debates about God and evolution.
Series: Reviewing “Darwinism and the Divine” (3 entries)
Pope Francis on Evolution, Creation, and Magic
Pope Francis is reiterating a basic claim in Catholic Christianity: If one acknowledges that God creates by giving creatures not only their existence but also their natures, one can reconcile an evolutionary worldview with the Christian faith.
An Ancient and Dynamic Universe
While reading about and studying the processes that gave rise to this astonishing world, please don’t forget that it is beautiful. It is not merely mechanics, but poetry.
John Calvin on Nicolaus Copernicus and Heliocentrism
John Calvin really believed that the sun revolved around the earth, but we shouldn't dismiss the rest of his theology because of this error.
Series: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Evolution (6 entries)
God Decides, We Measure
The former chair of the Harvard University physics department muses on how faith gives meaning to his scientific work.