Creation and Evolution “Research Programs” (And Why It’s So Hard to Change Perspectives)
The idea of “research programs” helps explain why it’s so hard for people of different origins perspectives to understand each other, and even harder to change positions.
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?
Learning to Celebrate Creation Together
We need safe places in which to raise the complex issues of submitting wholeheartedly to the authority of God’s Word in the Scriptures while wrestling with the important findings and perspectives in the natural sciences.
Faith and Science in France and Spain: An Interview with Antoine Bret
When non-believers in France or in Spain read what young-earth creationists are writing about evolution, geology, or astrophysics, they frequently conclude that the Bible is at best an interesting fairy tale.
From the Archives: Science and the Bible: Theistic Evolution, Part 1
From 2012: The dictionaries I checked don’t define the term, “theistic evolution,” so I offer my own definition: the belief that God used the process of evolution to create living things, including humans.
From the Dust: Evolutionary Creation
From the archives: With From the Dust, it was our goal to help Christians see the complexity of the issues raised by modern science, as well as help them to courageously engage with the theological conversations happening within the sphere of Christian culture today.
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.
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.
Origins News Roundup for September 17, 2014
Series: BioLogos Basics (8 entries)
So what is BioLogos? Well it all began with a scientist and a book.
Series: Reviewing “Darwin’s Doubt” (11 entries)
Series: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Evolution (6 entries)
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.
Faith after Literalism: An Interview with Michael Gungor
Musician Michael Gungor talks about the recent controversy over the evolution of his views on evolution, science, and biblical authority.
Origins News Roundup for August 6, 2014
News about the Ebola outbreak and initiatives in genomic medicine lead our news roundup this week, with a collection of research and learning opportunities in biology and at the science/faith border to follow.
What Do the Arts Have to Do with Evangelism?
The purpose of Jesus’s art was to give verbal, visual, and dramatic forms to those complicated and confounding relationships, symmetries, and harmonies between himself, the father and spirit, and between the triune God and the world… Such creative expressions did not and do not make everything clear, but rather resist simple clarity, forcing their hearers to come at the whole complicated truth from a position of intellectual and spiritual humility.
So, Do You Believe in Evolution?
While I have known of many people who have been driven away from the Church by controversies related to evolution, I do not personally know of anyone who has embraced Christianity primarily because they were persuaded to reject evolution. While evolutionary theory can be used to support an atheistic explanation for how the world came to be, it does not require that perspective.
New Creation: The Hermeneutic of Love
For Augustine, the literal sense of scripture is not a scientific narrative of physical reality, but a liturgical and poetic narrative of God’s awesome power at the dawn of history. This is a vital thread in the story of how to read Genesis.
Breaking Down False Dichotomies in Dayton
The great irony lies here: these partisans are actually leading good-hearted people to reject their faith, precisely because these partisans have convinced these good-hearted people that they must accept a false dichotomy.