Karl Giberson

Karl Giberson directs the new science & religion writing program at Gordon College in Boston. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews and essays for Web sites and journals including Salon.com, Books & Culture, and the Huffington Post. He has written seven books, including Saving Darwin, The Language of Science & Faith, and The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age.

  • The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

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    The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian | Karl Giberson

    I am a Christian. I believe that God is the ultimate reality and that the world, including me, was created by God.  Read More >

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  • Caution! Design Arguments Ahead

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    Caution! Design Arguments Ahead | Karl Giberson

        Design arguments have been around forever and expressed in various ways. Most of them fall into what we call natural theology, which is the process of inferring some... Read More >

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  • The Wonder of Water

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    The Wonder of Water | Karl Giberson

        The water that we take for granted was forged in the nuclear furnace of a star that exploded in the suburbs of the Milky Way galaxy billions of years ago. Read More >

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  • The Heavenly Declaration

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    The Heavenly Declaration | Karl Giberson

    The universe that inspired the psalmist three thousand years ago grows grander as each new generation of astronomers adds yet another layer of understanding. Read More >

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  • What, Exactly, is the Secular World? A Response to Mark Mann

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    What, Exactly, is the Secular World? A Response to Mark Mann | Karl Giberson

    We can say—and I have said this—that “All Truth is God’s Truth,” but such a claim turns out to be quite empty in helping us figure out which claims are a... Read More >

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  • Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne

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    Quantum Leap, Part 6: The Legacy of John Polkinghorne | Karl Giberson

    One of Polkinghorne's favorite scripture verses is I Thessalonians 5:21 which says “Test everything. Hold fast to what is true.”     Read More >

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  • Francis Collins and Karl Giberson Talk about Evolution and the Church, Part 5

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    Francis Collins and Karl Giberson Talk about Evolution and the Church, Part 5 | Karl Giberson

    Many young people are sending emails every week in crisis trying to figure out whether, if the church is lying to them about origins, has the church lied to them about the whole thing... Read More >

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  • Francis Collins and Karl Giberson Talk about Evolution and the Church, Part 4

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    Francis Collins and Karl Giberson Talk about Evolution and the Church, Part 4 | Karl Giberson

    What do you think of this project that the Discovery Institute has launched, with a laboratory where they want to do genuine scientific research, with their own in-house scientists? Read More >

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  • The Relationship Between Science and Religion

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    The Relationship Between Science and Religion | Karl Giberson

    Ian Barbour—arguably the first true scholar of science-and-religion—identified four ways that science and religion could relate. Read More >

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  • Celebrate Science, Don’t Fear It

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    Celebrate Science, Don’t Fear It | Karl Giberson

        Francis Collins and I make a familiar but under-emphasized theological point: the world cries out for explanation at both a scientific and an emotional level, and th... Read More >

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  • The Language of Science and Faith: A Brief History

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    The Language of Science and Faith: A Brief History | Karl Giberson

        This book embodies the inspiration that launched BioLogos—the desire to help people find answers to “Genuine Questions” relating scientific account... Read More >

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  • Two Languages, Two Books: One Creator

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    Two Languages, Two Books: One Creator | Karl Giberson

    "Two very different accounts of human origins. Can the book of Scripture and the book of nature both be true in the age of science?"   Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6 | Karl Giberson

        The final straw man I want to torch in this series is the claim that science uses evidence and religion uses faith. Read More >

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  • The God of the Old Testament

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    The God of the Old Testament | Karl Giberson

        Many contemporary Christians struggle to understand the message of the Old Testament, in the light of challenges from higher criticism and science, not to mention in... Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5 | Karl Giberson

        The fourth straw man I want to look at in this series is the claim that religion represents a fossilized set of ideas that only reluctantly change in the face of ove... Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4 | Karl Giberson

        The third straw man I want to examine is the claim about philosophical consistency, which is used repeatedly to argue that science and religion are incompatible. Read More >

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  • Polkinghorne’s Masterful Reminder

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    Polkinghorne’s Masterful Reminder | Karl Giberson

    Sir John Polkinghorne’s brief survey Theology in the Context of Science should be required reading for anyone engaging the religious implications of contemporary science.  ... Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2 | Karl Giberson

        The first straw man I want to examine is the argument that scientific ideas are empirical and testable and religious ideas are not. Read More >

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  • Are We “Cramming Religion Down Our Children’s Throats”?

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    Are We “Cramming Religion Down Our Children’s Throats”? | Karl Giberson

        There is a strange, hyperbolic expression favored by the New Atheists: "cramming religion down the throats of children." This language evokes the harshest of images.... Read More >

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  • Darwin and Dr. Mohler: The Truth Comes Out

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    Darwin and Dr. Mohler: The Truth Comes Out | Karl Giberson

        Our mission here at BioLogos is to seek God’s truth as best we can, a humbling enterprise. I imagine that you would say the same thing about your seminary. Read More >

  • A Tale of Two Skeptics

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    A Tale of Two Skeptics | Karl Giberson

        The ideas of arch-skeptic Richard Dawkins are quite familiar to BioLogos readers. I was reminded of them recently because of their remarkable contrast with the belie... Read More >

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  • Science - Now and Then

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    Science - Now and Then | Karl Giberson

      A common argument against evolution as science is that science can study only present-day processes. Read More >

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  • Through a Glass Darkly

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    Through a Glass Darkly | Karl Giberson

        In my last post I expressed reservations about the overall project of the ID movement. In this installment, I would like to go in a different direction a... Read More >

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  • The Proof is in the Pudding, Not the Recipe

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    The Proof is in the Pudding, Not the Recipe | Karl Giberson

        Recently a biology teacher inquired of Luskin at the Discovery Institute how science works in the ID paradigm: How does one “test intelligent design using the ... Read More >

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  • Mythology in the Making

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    Mythology in the Making | Karl Giberson

    Unfortunately, the mythology about Darwin and the implications of evolution creates confusion, and muddled commentators continue to perpetuate misunderstandings from the past.   Read More >

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  • Evolution Matters

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    Evolution Matters | Karl Giberson

    People often ask me why it matters so much what they think of evolution.  Read More >

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  • A Muddled Theist to the End: The Missing Darwin of “Creation”

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    A Muddled Theist to the End: The Missing Darwin of “Creation” | Karl Giberson

        Kudos to the producers...who gave us the first big screen look at the most controversial scientist in history. And kudos for making Darwin into a sympathetic and ful... Read More >

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  • Believing in God and Evolution

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    Believing in God and Evolution | Karl Giberson

        I was raised to believe that evolution was a conspiracy to undermine faith in God and had no evidence to support it. Like many young people today, I thought of Darwi... Read More >

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  • Emerging Voices

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    Emerging Voices | Karl Giberson

        There were several interesting developments in 2009. For starters, the New Atheists set much of the agenda, aligning themselves against both creationism and religion... Read More >

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  • Crossing the Bridge

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    Crossing the Bridge | Karl Giberson

        "Creationism can be hard to dislodge", writes Karl Giberson in his book Saving Darwin. How can one make people cross the bridge and finally see the compatibility bet... Read More >

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  • Belief, Guidance, and Evolution

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    Belief, Guidance, and Evolution | Karl Giberson

    Karl Giberson discusses whether we can "believe" in evolution and what it means to say God guides evolution. Read More >

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  • With God All Things Are Possible

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    With God All Things Are Possible | Karl Giberson

        "Christianity," wrote someone who comments under an alias on the Science and the Sacred blogs, "is extremely anti-science. Every single Christian belief...is scienti... Read More >

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  • Tiny Tails Wagging Gigantic Dogs

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    Tiny Tails Wagging Gigantic Dogs | Karl Giberson

    I want to suggest that anti-evolutionists don't actually use evidence as evidence. Rather they use evidence as rhetoric—a debating tool designed to score points in arguments.&n... Read More >

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  • Evolution and Logic

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    Evolution and Logic | Karl Giberson

    The scientific method doesn't give us absolute certainty that any theory is true. But it still gives us reliable information about the natural world.  Read More >

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  • A House of Sand and Fog

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    A House of Sand and Fog | Karl Giberson

    The message of the creation museum is clear—too clear in fact. None of the ambiguities that make science, biblical studies, history or theology so interesting are present. Read More >

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  • Who Cares About Darwin?

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    Who Cares About Darwin? | Karl Giberson

    Evolution should be judged on its own scientific merits, not on the social and political views of Charles Darwin.   Read More >

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  • Decent Swordfish

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    Decent Swordfish | Karl Giberson

        The label "accommodationist" is being applied as if it were a warning from the FDA that these ideas are not fit for human consumption. But accommodationism, like "de... Read More >

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  • Christian Faith and World Class Science

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    Christian Faith and World Class Science | Karl Giberson

        Watching the discussion surrounding Francis Collins's National Institutes of Health (NIH) appointment has been enlightening in so many ways. Especially interesting a... Read More >

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  • The Necessity of Faith

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    The Necessity of Faith | Karl Giberson

    To reject conclusions simply because they are based on probabilities is to reject all of science, and indeed to reject almost everything we need to function in our daily lives.  Read More >

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  • Blessed is the Peacemaker

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    Blessed is the Peacemaker | Karl Giberson

    Karl Giberson reflects on the work and legacy of Francis Collins.  Read More >

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  • Saving Faith

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    Saving Faith | Karl Giberson

    Answers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham, warns that BioLogos and like-minded organizations are "destructive to biblical authority and are leading so many people astray. Read More >

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  • God or Matter?

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    God or Matter? | Karl Giberson

        The University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne recently objected to the suggestion that humans might actually be a part of God's creative plan. Read More >

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  • The Road Less Traveled

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    The Road Less Traveled | Karl Giberson

        What is the most fascinating question in all of science? Read More >

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