Jim Stump

Jim Stump is Senior Editor at BioLogos. As such he oversees the development of new content and curates existing content for the website and print materials. Jim has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and was formerly a philosophy professor and academic administrator. He has authored Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and edited Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Zondervan 2017). Other books he has co-authored or co-edited include: Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010, 2016), The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity, 2016), and Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos (InterVarsity, 2017).

  • New Directions at BioLogos

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    New Directions at BioLogos | Jim Stump

    Coming this month: new Common Question page, new search engine, and much more!  Read More >

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  • Four Views On Creation, Evolution, And Intelligent Design (New Book)

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    Four Views On Creation, Evolution, And Intelligent Design (New Book) | Jim Stump

    A new book from Zondervan gathers all the major organizations in the origins conversation into one volume. The resulting conversation is interesting and instructive.  Read More >

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  • Long Life Spans in Genesis: Literal or Symbolic?

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    Long Life Spans in Genesis: Literal or Symbolic? | Jim Stump

    A closer look at the different uses of numbers in ancient Near Eastern literature can shed light on our understanding of the life spans of the Hebrew patriarchs. Read More >

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  • God’s Good and Unfinished Creation

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    God’s Good and Unfinished Creation | Jim Stump

    The biblical problems with the idea of a "perfect" creation in the beginning.  Read More >

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  • Evolution and the Problem of “Natural Evil”

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    Evolution and the Problem of “Natural Evil” | Jim Stump

    Perhaps evolution is necessary to create beings which make free choices about right and wrong. Read More >

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  • How Will We Worship on Darwin Day?

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    How Will We Worship on Darwin Day? | Jim Stump

    Respecting Darwin’s tremendous scientific achievements is not the same as accepting everything said and done in his name.   Read More >

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  • Adam and the Genome: Introduction

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    Adam and the Genome: Introduction | Jim Stump

    A new book tackles the question of the "historical Adam" from the dual perspective of genetics and New Testament scholarship.  Read More >

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  • Silence and Evolution

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    Silence and Evolution | Jim Stump

    If God speaks in gentle whispers, is it any wonder we so often miss it? Our lives are filled with winds and earthquakes and fires. Read More >

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  • Our Favorite Books of 2016

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    Our Favorite Books of 2016 | Jim Stump

    Check out some of our favorite books we read in 2016! Read More >

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  • Extending Evolution in London?

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    Extending Evolution in London? | Jim Stump

    Despite robust discussions about the details of the theory, the big picture of evolution is not disputed by mainstream science.  Read More >

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  • My Trip to the Ark Encounter

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    My Trip to the Ark Encounter | Jim Stump

    The Ark Encounter ties the credibility of the Gospel itself to contrived explanations more befitting an amusement park than a serious inquiry into the truth. Read More >

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  • Why We Can’t “Solve” The Problem of Divine Action

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    Why We Can’t “Solve” The Problem of Divine Action | Jim Stump

    Attempts to figure out the precise interaction between God and nature run the risk of oversimplifying human experience.   Read More >

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  • Introducing the Divine Action Series

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    Introducing the Divine Action Series | Jim Stump

    How exactly is God involved in natural processes? A new BioLogos series investigates the question. Read More >

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  • Evangelical Parallel Universes

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    Evangelical Parallel Universes | Jim Stump

    99 percent of professional biologists think humans evolved, but half of white Evangelicals think scientists are generally in disagreement about evolution. What explains this discrepan... Read More >

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  • Reviewing #Creatorgate: How Science is Like Soccer

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    Reviewing #Creatorgate: How Science is Like Soccer | Jim Stump

    The informal "house rules" of the scientific world don't allow someone to invoke a "Creator" in a scientific paper. Before labeling these rules as anti-Christian, we should understand... Read More >

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  • Missing Links: February 9, 2016

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    Missing Links: February 9, 2016 | Jim Stump

    Here are a few stories about science and faith you might have missed last week.   Read More >

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  • Missing Links: February 2, 2016

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    Missing Links: February 2, 2016 | Jim Stump

    In this edition: New planets, flat earthers, and ancient astronomers.  Read More >

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  • Missing Links: January 26, 2016

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    Missing Links: January 26, 2016 | Jim Stump

    In this edition: Faith and science in Buzzfeed, bad journalism in Iceland, and the problem with polls on religion and science.  Read More >

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  • Announcing BioLogos Theology Fellows for 2016

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    Announcing BioLogos Theology Fellows for 2016 | Jim Stump

    We are excited to announce our BioLogos Theology Fellows for 2016.  Each will write a series of blog posts exploring topics at the intersection of theology and evolution. Read More >

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  • Missing Links: January 11, 2016

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    Missing Links: January 11, 2016 | Jim Stump

    Things you might have missed on the internet in the last several weeks.  Read More >

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  • Book Notices - December 2015

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    Book Notices - December 2015 | Jim Stump

    A quick look at a few new books that may interest the BioLogos community. Read More >

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  • The Top 20 Blog Posts of 2015

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    The Top 20 Blog Posts of 2015 | Jim Stump

    A look at our most viewed blog posts of 2015. Read More >

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  • What does ET have to do with the Doctrine of Creation?

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    What does ET have to do with the Doctrine of Creation? | Jim Stump

    We have to find a balance between maintaining the importance of humanity in God's creation without pretending the universe revolves around us.  Read More >

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  • 4 Theological Objections to Evolution

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    4 Theological Objections to Evolution | Jim Stump

    Does evolution make the Christian God irrelevant or malevolent? Read More >

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  • Missing Links – December 14, 2015

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    Missing Links – December 14, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Covered in this edition: The religious beliefs of scientists, the Virgin Birth, and the limits of science.   Read More >

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  • Did Deism Lead to Natural Theology?

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    Did Deism Lead to Natural Theology? | Jim Stump

      Reason alone is no more capable of delivering a consensus about God and religious truths than human efforts to interpret Scripture.   Read More >

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  • Missing Links - December 7, 2015

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    Missing Links - December 7, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Things you may have missed on the internet last week: Creation and Evolution at HuffPo, Richard Dawkins, and Harvard Divinity.   Read More >

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  • Missing Links: November 30, 2015

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    Missing Links: November 30, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Some philosophy I found on the internet last week.   Read More >

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  • Creation and Sovereignty: What does it mean that God’s in charge?

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    Creation and Sovereignty: What does it mean that God’s in charge? | Jim Stump

    We want God to control and determine things enough to guarantee that the good guys win in the end; but not so much that God is on the hook for everything bad that happens along the wa... Read More >

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  • Missing Links: November 23, 2015

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    Missing Links: November 23, 2015 | Jim Stump

    In this edition: Pointing things out about Philosopher-Welders, the brains of neuroscientists, reporting on science (and faith), and the best science websites.   Read More >

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  • Evolution and the Fall

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    Evolution and the Fall | Jim Stump

    There is no getting away from some speculation as we try to harmonize natural history and theological history.  That’s what Augustine was doing too.  But his circumsta... Read More >

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  • Missing Links - November 2, 2015

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    Missing Links - November 2, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Interesting things you may have missed on the internet last week. Read More >

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  • Randall Zachman on Calvin’s Support of Science

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    Randall Zachman on Calvin’s Support of Science | Jim Stump

    In this video, Randall Zachman shows how Calvin’s thought and work is highly conducive to the encouragement of the study of the natural world. Read More >

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  • Creation Ex Nihilo

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    Creation Ex Nihilo | Jim Stump

    The doctrine of creatio ex nihilo is not just saying that there was no matter for God to work from, it is articulating how radically different God is from the kinds of things we find ... Read More >

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  • Missing Links - October 26, 2015

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    Missing Links - October 26, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Interesting things you may have missed on the internet last week.   Read More >

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  • Science and Religion Fusion: Long Link for the Weekend

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    Science and Religion Fusion: Long Link for the Weekend | Jim Stump

    Listen to a podcast interview with MIT plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson on the nature of science and his Christian faith. Read More >

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  • What is the Theological Meaning of Creation in Scripture?

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    What is the Theological Meaning of Creation in Scripture? | Jim Stump

    If the creation accounts in Scripture are not meant to communicate scientific and historical details the way we expect science and history to be written today, what are they meant to ... Read More >

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  • Missing Links: Oct. 19, 2015

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    Missing Links: Oct. 19, 2015 | Jim Stump

    This week’s missing links: Abiogenesis, Ken Ham on reading the Bible literally, your evolution library, the changing story of human evolution, and the Shroud of Turin.   Read More >

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  • Long Link for the Weekend: Dinner and a Movie

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    Long Link for the Weekend: Dinner and a Movie | Jim Stump

    If thrilling science documentaries are your idea of a great date night movie, we've got just the thing for you.  Read More >

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  • The Logic of Adam and Eve

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    The Logic of Adam and Eve | Jim Stump

    Adam and Eve are “sufficient” for bringing about Christ’s work, but not “necessary”.     Read More >

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  • Missing Links: October 13, 2015

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    Missing Links: October 13, 2015 | Jim Stump

    Interesting things I’ve recently come across on the internet.   Read More >

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  • Baseball or Genetics?

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    Baseball or Genetics? | Jim Stump

    If you’ve wondered how geneticists come to the conclusions they do, this video is a good place to start.   Read More >

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  • The Place of Books on the Blog

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    The Place of Books on the Blog | Jim Stump

    We like books, and so do you.  Are you interested in reviewing books for the blog? Read More >

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  • 10 Misconceptions about Evolution

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    10 Misconceptions about Evolution | Jim Stump

    One of the difficulties people have with coming to accept the science of evolution is that they have absorbed incorrect or only partially correct information. Read More >

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  • Fides et Scientia Quaerens Intellectum

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    Fides et Scientia Quaerens Intellectum | Jim Stump

    The arguments for the correctness of the BioLogos approach to faith and science on this blog will come primarily in the form of how well they illuminate everything else we look at. &n... Read More >

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  • New Hominin Species Discovered

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    New Hominin Species Discovered | Jim Stump

    On September 10, the discovery of a new Homo species was announced. What does it mean for our understanding of human evolution?   Read More >

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  • Books and Culture Hosts Online Symposium on Adam and Eve

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    Books and Culture Hosts Online Symposium on Adam and Eve | Jim Stump

     Books & Culture has hosted an online symposium about Karl Giberson’s new book, Saving the Original Sinner. It is well worth reading to get a flavor of the convers... Read More >

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  • Still Thinking about the Atonement

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    Still Thinking about the Atonement | Jim Stump

        Does accepting the scientific evidence for evolution put someone on a "slippery slope" away from certain interpretations of Christ's atonement? Read More >

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  • The Pope is Right: Creation Care Needs Both Scripture and Science

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    The Pope is Right: Creation Care Needs Both Scripture and Science | Jim Stump

    We applaud Pope Francis for rejecting the dichotomy between “secular” and “spiritual” on the topic of creation care, because good science and vibrant faith are... Read More >

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  • Thinking about the Atonement

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    Thinking about the Atonement | Jim Stump

        Today we introduce a new blog series in which several theologians will reflect on the doctrine of the Atonement in light of the science of evolution. Read More >

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  • How Walton’s Lost World Opened up a New World for Me

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    How Walton’s Lost World Opened up a New World for Me | Jim Stump

    Our reading of Scripture is enriched when we understand how it draws from ancient genres and contexts on the one hand, and how it subverts ancient expectations on the other. &nbs... Read More >

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  • All is Dust and DNA

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    All is Dust and DNA | Jim Stump

        Jim Stump explores the meaning of the Lenten season from the perspective of evolutionary creation. Read More >

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  • Remembering Jud Carlberg

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    Remembering Jud Carlberg | Jim Stump

      President Haarsma reflects on the life and legacy of the late Dr. Jud Carlberg, former BioLogos board chairman. Read More >

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  • The Top 20 Posts of 2014

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    The Top 20 Posts of 2014 | Jim Stump

        From the Ham/Nye debate to "Gungor-gate" to a well-publicized dinner invitation, 2014 was an exciting year for our blog. Check out the 20 most popular posts of the y... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, part 3

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    Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, part 3 | Jim Stump

    We’ve been seduced by our lack of understanding into thinking that God is the sort of creator who designed natural systems that were incapable of being described consistently in... Read More >

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  • Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, Part 2

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    Belief in God in a World Explained by Science, Part 2 | Jim Stump

        When some scientists or news reporters trumpet the latest scientific discoveries as rendering belief in God obsolete, I say that I’m already an atheist with re... Read More >

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  • Interview with Ronald Osborn

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    Interview with Ronald Osborn | Jim Stump

    We must press beyond the various creation narratives in the Hebrew Bible, including the final chapters of Job, to the picture of God revealed in the New Testament. Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 2

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    Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 2 | Jim Stump

    We can learn from the history of science that the church is always cautious to embrace new scientific ideas, but in the end can accommodate them in her theology, without loss or damag... Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 1

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    Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 1 | Jim Stump

    Often anti-evolutionary arguments point to a deeper problem: the assumption that God revealed scientific facts to the biblical writers years before their discovery by modern scientist... Read More >

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  • Still Surprised by Easter

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    Still Surprised by Easter | Jim Stump

    This year I decided to read a book for Lent. At about 800 pages of detailed and technical argument, N.T. Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God proved to be a weighty under... Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 10-11

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    “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 10-11 | Jim Stump

        Collins’ original use of the term “BioLogos” was as an alternative label for the position often known as “theistic evolution.” Now this... Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 2

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    Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 2 | Jim Stump

    The best way to think of Adam and Eve is as characters in the true Big Story of the world — and we want to have a handle on this Big Story in order to make sense of our lives. Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 1

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    Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 1 | Jim Stump

    The persons of Adam and Eve do play a BIG role in the rest of the Biblical Story—and this, not so much as individuals who lived, but as actors whose disobedience affected everyo... Read More >

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  • Interpreting Adam: An Interview with John Walton

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    Interpreting Adam: An Interview with John Walton | Jim Stump

    Scientific discovery and information can prompt us to re-examine what we have believed to be biblical claims to consider whether we have read the text in the best way. Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 7-9

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    “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 7-9 | Jim Stump

        How can we avoid a god of the gaps situation without completely removing God from the created order? How else might we describe God’s relationship to the funct... Read More >

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  • The Noah Movie

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    The Noah Movie | Jim Stump

        Russell Crowe as Noah was no superhero. He was very human—perhaps too human for those who’d prefer he remain in the flannel graph world of our Sunday Sch... Read More >

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  • Ken Ham and Biblical Authority

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    Ken Ham and Biblical Authority | Jim Stump

    Ham believes we are undermining the Bible and denying its authority. However, the authority of the Bible is key for all that we do at BioLogos. Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 6

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    “The Language of God” Book Club–Chapter 6 | Jim Stump

        How should we interpret the Bible? What is the role of tradition? What is the role of science? Who gets to decide whether traditional interpretations need to change?... Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 4

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    “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 4 | Jim Stump

        Some people who brook no “god of the gaps” arguments anywhere else look to these three moments as more reasonable places to insert God into natural proce... Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 3

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    “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapter 3 | Jim Stump

        What if they can develop an empirically sound explanation for how our universe originated? Does this rule God out of the picture? Or does it merely push things back ... Read More >

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  • Ham on Nye: Our Take

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    Ham on Nye: Our Take | Jim Stump

      So who won? How did it go? Our response to the debate is not a blow-by-blow of the arguments made but rather a series of “big picture” reflections by BioLogos sc... Read More >

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  • Ham on Nye – What to Watch for

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    Ham on Nye – What to Watch for | Jim Stump

    Watch to see whether the debate encourages the opinion that science and Christianity are at war. We don’t think you have to choose sides.   Read More >

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  • “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 1 & 2

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    “The Language of God” Book Club – Chapters 1 & 2 | Jim Stump

        “In this modern era of cosmology, evolution, and the human genome, is there still the possibility of a richly satisfying harmony between the scientific and spi... Read More >

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  • Ian G. Barbour, 1923 – 2013

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    Ian G. Barbour, 1923 – 2013 | Jim Stump

    Ian Barbour died on Christmas Eve at the age of 90. He is credited by many to be the father of the contemporary academic discipline of science and religion.   Read More >

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  • Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley

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    Poetry, God, and the Natural World: Meet Writer Kathleen Housley | Jim Stump

    “If I find that my mind is becoming stale, I start learning something entirely new. . . . God does indeed speak in mysterious ways. Our job is to listen.”   Read More >

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  • Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe

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    Multiple Lines of Evidence for an Old Universe | Jim Stump

    Astronomers have many different methods for measuring the age of various objects in the universe, and they all support ages of billions of years, not thousands.  Read More >

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  • Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 4

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    Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 4 | Jim Stump

        Many scholars see a final and complete answer only in the promise of a new creation in which all creation participates. Read More >

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  • Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 2

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    Death and Pain in the Created Order, Part 2 | Jim Stump

        Scripture declares that creation as it is now, not a pre-Fall paradise, gives glory and praise to the Creator. Read More >

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  • Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 4

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    Biblical and Scientific Shortcomings of Flood Geology, Part 4 | Jim Stump

    We examine a fourth line of evidence—tree rings and lake sediment layers (varves)—which suggest that the earth’s geological features cannot be explained by a global ... Read More >

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