How Evolutionary Science Reveals God’s Character with Kathryn Applegate

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In this video “Conversation,” BioLogos Program Director Kathryn Applegate points to evolutionary science as a way to gain a richer understanding of the glory of God.

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I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with uncertainty and, as a scientist, you get pretty used to the idea of levels of uncertainty within scientific data, but for many people, it's scary not to have a black and white answer. We want so desperately to fit God in a little box of this is who he is, this is how he works, and this is who I am and here's how I fit into this picture. And I think what science is uncovering is way more rich and has all the subtlety of a beautiful painting that is hard to encapsulate in a sound bite.

God speaks through the Bible and through all sorts of other things, too, that comport with the Bible. So for science, I think, science is another way of studying what God does and, we're progressively having revealed to us how he has created, how he continues to create. That it wasn't just Godmade it at the beginning and stepped away. I think God is active and involved, and we see that in the continuous creation through the means of evolution.

So, that's really exciting and a way to better understand who God is and the character of what he's about. He's infinitely creative, infinitely good, and we see that in great diversity of life on Earth. Looking at Genesis only for scientific details is a bit like trying to look at the notes on a page of a symphony and without hearing it, you miss all the richness and glory to do so. Not that the notes aren't important, not that the science isn't important, but that isn't the primary purpose of why we have those texts.

N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham

Christians and secularists alike are in danger of treating 'Darwin vs the Bible' as just another battlefront in the polarized 'culture wars'. This grossly misrepresents both science and faith. BioLogos not only shows that there is an alternative, but actually models it. God's world and God's word go together in a rich, living harmony.

- N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham