Looking back on 2018, what were the most popular posts of the year? Here's the year in review:
For the last six months we have spent a lot of personnel hours working behind the scenes on our website. There are over 2000 unique URLs under the biologos.org domain, and we went through all of them. We’ve been cleaning these up, doing some retagging, fixing broken links, and performing some other routine (but often neglected) work that won’t be immediately apparent to the user experience. But the next step in this process will be very obvious to you: in just about a month or so, we’re shifting to a new content management system, and that will come with a significantly new look and improved features. We’re super excited about the future of our website!
For today, though, let’s live in the past, honoring the tradition of looking back at the most popular blog posts of the year. We’re up to the fifth year of doing this (for the historians among us, here is easy access to the previous years’ posts: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014).
In previous years, I’ve listed only blog posts in this year end summary. But in the top 20 most viewed individual pages on our website this year, twelve were Common Questions pages. These are often accessed by people doing a Google search on terms related to our content, and several of our pages show up high in the rankings (go ahead and try a few!). So the first top 10 list is our top 10 most-viewed-Common-Questions for the year:
- What does the fossil record show?
- What is the evidence for evolution?
- How is BioLogos different from evolutionism, intelligent design, and creationism?
- How could humans have evolved and still be in the “Image of God”?
- How should we interpret the Genesis flood account?
- Did death occur before the Fall?
- Does the Cambrian Explosion pose a challenge to evolution?
- Why should Christians consider evolutionary creation?
- How long are the days of Genesis 1?
- Were Adam and Eve historical figures?
Next, we have a top 10 list for blog articles that were first published prior to 2018. These are our “greatest hits” as they continue to get a lot of action. I list the original publication date, along with the author for these top 10 most-viewed-blog-posts-published-before-2018:
- A geological response to the movie “Is Genesis History?” March 1, 2017 by Gregg Davidson, Joel Duff, and Ken Wolgemuth
- The firmament of Genesis 1 is solid but that’s not the point January 14, 2010 by Pete Enns
- Six reasons young Christians leave the church, September 27, 2011 by the Barna Group
- 10 misconceptions about evolution September 28, 2015 by Jim Stump
- Genesis 1 and Babylonian creation story, May 18, 2010 by Pete Enns
- Flood geology and the Grand Canyon, June 29, 2016 by Stephen Moshier and others
- Long life spans in Genesis: literal or symbolic? January 16, 2014 by Jim Stump
- Evolution basics: artificial selection and the origins of the domestic dog, April 4, 2013 by Dennis Venema
- Evolution basics: species trees, gene trees, and incomplete lineage sorting, July 19, 2013 by Dennis Venema
- Confessions of a failed yount-earth creationist November 19, 2014 by Daniel Stork Banks
And finally, here are the year’s most-viewed-blog-posts-published in 2018:
- What is the relationship between the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2? January 3, by Richard Middleton
- Did 90% of animal species appear about the same time as human beings? July 24, by Joel Duff
- No, modern science is not “catching up” to the Bible, January 24, by Brad Kramer
- Famous Christians who believed evolution is compatible with Christian faith August 8, 2018, by Brad Kramer
- Francis Collins speaks on genetic engineering and Christian faith June 20, by Deborah Haarsma
- Does God guide evolution? April 18, by Jim Stump
- Can a scientist believe in the resurrection? (Part 1) March 26, by Jeff Hardin, Denis Alexander, Sarah Bodbyl Roels, and Dennis Venema
- Why I think Adam was a real person in history June 11, by Kathryn Applegate
- 5 common arguments against the Bible (and how to respond to them) October 1, by Tremper Longman
- A flawed mirror: a response to the book “Theistic Evolution” April 18, by Deborah Haarsma
What do these lists show about our content and readership? We are very grateful for you, our readers. We’re looking forward to posting more great content in 2019.