Mark Sprinkle

Mark Sprinkle is an artist and cultural historian, and was formerly Senior Web Editor and Senior Fellow of Arts and Humanities for The BioLogos Foundation. A phi beta kappa graduate of Georgetown University, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, where he studied how artworks embody complex relationships in different cultural contexts. Since 1996 he has been an independent artist and frame-maker, also regularly writing and speaking on the role of creative practices in cultural mediation and renewal, especially in the area of science and Christian faith. Mark and his wife Beth home-schooled their three boys, and are active in the local home-school community in Richmond, Virginia. You can learn more about Mark's work as a writer and artist at hiswebsite.

  • Sea Slugs and Scorpions: the Art & Science of Christian Education

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    Sea Slugs and Scorpions: the Art & Science of Christian Education | Mark Sprinkle

    In church and the outdoors, texts were central to guiding our experience, but transformation always occurred through direct engagement with nature and with God in the present. Read More >

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  • Frenetic Sequence

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    Frenetic Sequence | Mark Sprinkle

    We tend to think of creativity in terms of flashes of insight, but creativity is no less creative when it proceeds step by step, according to discipline, according to rule. Read More >

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  • The Broken Made Whole

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    The Broken Made Whole | Mark Sprinkle

    We look at Temma and we want to affirm that she is made in the image of God by denying that the image of God has anything to do with her physical, material body. Read More >

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  • Chance Creation

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    Chance Creation | Mark Sprinkle

    John Cage asked the stuff he used to make paintings to take part in the process—to contribute identity to the intentional, purposeful, and determined work of creating “bas... Read More >

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  • Teaching the Whole Controversy

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    Teaching the Whole Controversy | Mark Sprinkle

    The Christian community can and must think deeply, but also broadly, if we want to do justice to the complexity of biological life, but also to the complexity of our lives of faith. Read More >

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  • Still, Citizen Sparrow

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    Still, Citizen Sparrow | Mark Sprinkle

    Observation and interpretation can help us appreciate the way the whole world speaks of the glory of its Creator, including those parts we are inclined to find supremely inglorious. ... Read More >

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  • Knowing Your Context

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    Knowing Your Context | Mark Sprinkle

    The Psalmist affirms that the created world speaks of its creator, and that everywhere we look or listen there are words, speech pouring forth in abundance. Read More >

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  • Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series

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    Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series | Mark Sprinkle

    This week, we take that commitment to engage in charitable dialogue with those who disagree with us by posting the first of several essays from Southern Baptist scholars.   Read More >

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  • Making the Whale

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    Making the Whale | Mark Sprinkle

    This week’s artistic treatment of the great whales returns to our fascination with and desire to know about whatever is dramatically not us.   Read More >

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  • Humpback Whales

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    Humpback Whales | Mark Sprinkle

      Of all the earth’s creatures, few deserve the description of “awesome” as do whales. Read More >

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  • Small Brown Job

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    Small Brown Job | Mark Sprinkle

    Public conversation seems to center on the implication that there will come a time when we will have no more need of investigation because we will know how things really work.  Read More >

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  • Appointment

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    Appointment | Mark Sprinkle

        Like Christmas, each New Year’s Day is symbolized by a baby, but one destined to grow old and be replaced only 365 days later as the next year supercedes the o... Read More >

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  • Orb Weaver

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    Orb Weaver | Mark Sprinkle

    Clearly, the orb weaver is a powerful symbol of both spiritual and creative truth for Suzanne Rhodes—something wonderful and beautiful.  Read More >

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  • Oyster and Pearl

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    Oyster and Pearl | Mark Sprinkle

    That something nourishing resides hidden away in the most unexpected and unglamorous of places speaks to the paradoxical hiddenness of God.   Read More >

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  • Sites and Sounds

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    Sites and Sounds | Mark Sprinkle

    The most ornate and exquisite window is more than something to be looked at, wherein the light coming from behind and through the glass illuminates the story told there on the surface... Read More >

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  • The Purpose of Dogs

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    The Purpose of Dogs | Mark Sprinkle

        The remarkable cooperative relationship between humans and canines was the subject of the most recent edition of NOVA, which examined the natural history of the dome... Read More >

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  • The Clever Trout

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    The Clever Trout | Mark Sprinkle

        The Psalmists observed that both the starry heavens above and also “everything that hath breath” praises the Lord; but is this more than a flowery anthro... Read More >

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  • Midwest Meander

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    Midwest Meander | Mark Sprinkle

    "Rivers can be symbols for the activity of God in the natural world and offer a commentary on the way His people desire a clear and unambiguous sense of what He has done and is doing.... Read More >

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  • Crayfish

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    Crayfish | Mark Sprinkle

        Brandt sees the error of legalism in the Christian life as best represented by the crayfish’s hard, inflexible shell. A similarly “hard-shelled” fa... Read More >

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  • The Painting of Water

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    The Painting of Water | Mark Sprinkle

        The Renaissance was a time of renewed hubris as much as an age of innovation and discovery: water was something to be managed and exploited rather than feared. Read More >

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  • Life In An Expanding Universe

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    Life In An Expanding Universe | Mark Sprinkle

      Our dwelling in the universe—in short, our humanity—is enriched when we pay attention to what’s outside ourselves and ask it in. Read More >

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  • Last Confessions of a Dying Star

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    Last Confessions of a Dying Star | Mark Sprinkle

    rown accustomed to the idea that we know what we are looking at when we see a photograph—that a picture gives us access to a “moment of truth” about the thing pictur... Read More >

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  • Manifold

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    Manifold | Mark Sprinkle

    This week’s artistic treatment of the great whales returns to our fascination with and desire to know about whatever is dramatically not us.   Read More >

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  • Manifold

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    Manifold | Mark Sprinkle

    Green's work is a “pursuit of truth and beauty,” and she argues that  “scientists, mathematicians, and artists all have an awareness of the infinite and eternal... Read More >

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  • Adam’s Dream

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    Adam’s Dream | Mark Sprinkle

        While the specific “how” of our being made into the image of God will probably always remain a mystery, the Bible and creeds are clear on the “why&... Read More >

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  • Community Formed by Fire

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    Community Formed by Fire | Mark Sprinkle

        Let me briefly suggest three elements in the pine savanna ecology that Christians may take as prompts for meditation on life in Christ. Read More >

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  • The Nets of God

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    The Nets of God | Mark Sprinkle

        Neither the mundane “stuff” of which we are composed nor the “repeatable” processes by which that stuff was arranged diminish the identity we... Read More >

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  • Living Fossil

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    Living Fossil | Mark Sprinkle

      One of the assumptions underlying this worship project is that the sovereign God provides pointers or signposts to Himself in the natural world. Read More >

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  • The Painting of Wings

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    The Painting of Wings | Mark Sprinkle

        Poet Housley deftly navigates the confluence of science, art, and theology, helping the reader see each of those defining streams of our humanity as emerging from th... Read More >

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  • Out from Darkness

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    Out from Darkness | Mark Sprinkle

    The culmination of Lent and our ruminations on new life through death, Easter has several emblems of its own—other natural symbols that can give a physical shape to our theology... Read More >

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  • The Porcupine Shuffle

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    The Porcupine Shuffle | Mark Sprinkle

        Palm Sunday forms a turning point in the season of Lent—a promise of the victory and coming Kingship of Jesus, but also a false climax of the story of His reso... Read More >

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  • With What Kind of Body

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    With What Kind of Body | Mark Sprinkle

        With Jesus, becoming like a buried seed is more about smallness and seeming insignificance than it is about bodily suffering, though the two are inescapably related:... Read More >

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  • Down by the Riverside

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    Down by the Riverside | Mark Sprinkle

        A central and persistent mystery in both science and faith is the boundary between life and non-life. Read More >

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  • Palimpsest

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    Palimpsest | Mark Sprinkle

    The partialness of our knowledge ought to remind us that even incomplete recoveries of the past ought be regarded as gifts.   Read More >

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  • Sugaring Moths

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    Sugaring Moths | Mark Sprinkle

    Childhood collections of leaves or rocks or butterflies have often been gateways into lives of attentiveness to creation, if not full-fledged careers in science—or the arts. &n... Read More >

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  • Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 5

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    Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 5 | Mark Sprinkle

        To summarize the key points of this essay: first we have that subjective perceptions and reasoning are essential to discovery and explanation in all of the most impo... Read More >

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  • Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 4

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    Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 4 | Mark Sprinkle

        The call to think differently about the faith/science intersection that I’ve been laying out over the past few weeks is not rooted in a Romantic notion of the ... Read More >

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  • Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 3

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    Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 3 | Mark Sprinkle

        The work of poetry is to polish human language until it reflects the structural orderliness and the improvisational freedom and playfulness God gifted to the cosmos.... Read More >

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  • Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 2

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    Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 2 | Mark Sprinkle

        So far in my discussions of the way imagery helps us to formulate and hold onto abstract ideas I have used largely pictorial terms, as we are now so saturated in vis... Read More >

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  • Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1

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    Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1 | Mark Sprinkle

        Picking up where my last series left off, today’s post is the first drawn from Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, a new paper added to the ... Read More >

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  • Beginnings

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    Beginnings | Mark Sprinkle

    Our own experience as creative beings can help us understand this aspect of the Lord and our relationship with Him. Read More >

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  • Of Knots and Stars

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    Of Knots and Stars | Mark Sprinkle

        In common parlance, knots are problems, not elegant solutions. Read More >

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  • Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 5

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    Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 5 | Mark Sprinkle

    "May we all do better, and more humbly, in appreciating as gift the mysteries that remain in our knowledge of and relationships with the Creator, with the world—and with each ot... Read More >

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  • Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 4

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    Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 4 | Mark Sprinkle

    Truth is not an object that we can “see all of” if only we are given enough distance away from it, but rather something (or Someone, actually) we live with and we live out... Read More >

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  • Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 3

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    Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox, Part 3 | Mark Sprinkle

    We must always approach God’s revelation of Himself to us as He gives it, trusting that neither realm (Scripture or Nature) is sufficient nor desirable on its own, Read More >

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  • Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith

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    Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith | Mark Sprinkle

    In discussing the relationship between science and faith, a central issue for believers is how scientific investigation affects our understanding of the trustworthiness of Scripture. Read More >

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  • Come and See

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    Come and See | Mark Sprinkle

        ...our theology is descriptive, not prescriptive; it is our collective and halting attempt to describe in coherent terms what we know of God by what we have seen of ... Read More >

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  • Haircap Gregarious

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    Haircap Gregarious | Mark Sprinkle

      Holly Smith’s work, Haircap Gregarious, is a mixed-media fabric works responding to the intricate connections and pathways between the land and the creatures that live i... Read More >

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  • On Reading “A Psalm for a New Human Species”

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    On Reading “A Psalm for a New Human Species” | Mark Sprinkle

      It is easy to make the mistake of thinking the message at Psalm 8's center—mankind’s “being made a little lower than the heavenly beings” and our dom... Read More >

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  • Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

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    Thoughts on T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton” | Mark Sprinkle

    Eliot wrote Burnt Norton while wrestling  with the limitations of our understanding of the divine and our means of expression through language.   Read More >

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