“I have seen too many young people in too many churches exposed to bad science, shoddy thinking, false claims, and the misguided idea (maybe well-intended but misguided) that somebody was defending the Bible when what they were really defending was a wrong interpretation of the Bible. Then I've watched when very often those really bright young people go off and pursue education, go to college, begin to read, and discover they were misinformed. Then they think they have to choose between the Bible and truth. You don't.”  - John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church 

“Many people today, both secular and Christian, want us to believe that science and religion cannot live together. Not only is this untrue, but we believe that a thoughtful dialogue between science and faith is essential for engaging the hearts and minds of individuals today. The BioLogos Foundation provides an important first step towards that end." - Rev. Timothy Keller

When it comes to explaining the interaction of our faith with science, it’s one thing to read other pastors’ thoughts, but it is another thing entirely to be prepared to address your own congregations (both corporately and individually) on these topics. It’s our prayer that these materials will equip you to meaningfully engage science and faith in your local congregations so that, ultimately, the body of Christ might be built up.

The Bible

  • How should we interpret the Bible?

    Common Question
    How should we interpret the Bible?

    Clues to the original intended meaning can be found in the style of language, the genre of literature, the original audience, and the historical and cultural context.  Read More >

  • How long are the days of Genesis 1?

    Common Question
    How long are the days of Genesis 1?

    The seven-day pattern in Genesis 1 is a literary device that serves the theological purposes of the author, rather than revealing information about the chronology of natural history. ... Read More >

  • Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

    Blog Post
    Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople, Part 1

    Many secular and evangelical voices agree that if you are an orthodox Christian with a high view of the authority of the Bible, you cannot believe in evolution. But is this true? Read More >

  • The Lost World of Genesis One

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    The Lost World of Genesis One

    In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 ... Read More >

  • What about the Bible?

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    What about the Bible?

    (Video #3 in the BioLogos Basics video series.) Next steps for exploring this topic: In our Common Questions, there is a section on Scripture Interpretation which gives answers to... Read More >

  • God’s Good Chaos

    Blog Post
    God’s Good Chaos

    A morally neutral chaos has a creative place within God’s dynamic world, with both the potential for good and bad for creatures. Read More >

  • Interpreting Adam

    Blog Series
    Interpreting Adam

    In December 2013, Zondervan published the anthology Four Views on the Historical Adam, featuring the perspectives of four prominent Evangelical scholars. This series features in-... Read More >

    6 PART SERIES

Ministry

Sermons & Preaching

  • Mere Creation Sermon Series

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    Mere Creation Sermon Series

    Four sermons on "Mere Creation" from Rev. Todd Wilson at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, IL What can all (or most!) Christians affirm about creation? More than you might think. ... Read More >

  • Between Two Worlds Sermon Series

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    Between Two Worlds Sermon Series

    This mini-series on the Bible was preached by Rev. Corey Widmer at Third Church Richmond, VA From the Third Church website: Every time you pick up your Bible to read it, you are ente... Read More >

  • Unsettling Questions Sermon Series

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    Unsettling Questions Sermon Series

    This sermon series from Blackhawk Church in Madison, WI, tackles several hard questions people have about Christianity. What Does it Mean to Be Human? by Dr. Praveen Sethupathy Wh... Read More >

  • God Speaks Science: Preaching from God’s Other Book

    Blog Post
    God Speaks Science: Preaching from God’s Other Book

    Preaching science is all about bringing God’s revelation through creation into conversation with God’s revelation through the Bible in a co-illumining, mutually intelligib... Read More >

  • I Have a Friend Who Believes Science Disproves Faith

    Blog Post
    I Have a Friend Who Believes Science Disproves Faith

    Is Christianity anti-science? Can Christians be good scientists? Is science the only source of true knowledge? Pastor Dave Gustavsen of Jacksonville Chapel addresses these questions. Read More >

  • A Garden and a Tree - John Ortberg

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    A Garden and a Tree - John Ortberg

    Follow the link to view a sermon delivered by Pastor John Ortberg of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, CA. In this sermon, Pastor Ortberg sheds new light on the... Read More >

  • Maker of Heaven and Earth

    Blog Post
    Maker of Heaven and Earth

    Pastor David Swaim of Highrock Church discusses our belief in God as creator and reminds us that some parts of the Bible need not be historical in order to convey deep theological t... Read More >

  • How to Preach about Gravitational Waves

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    How to Preach about Gravitational Waves

    One of the biggest hurdles to the science and faith conversation in congregations is the complexity of scientific research. Read More >

  • Hydrology of the Bow River - John Van Sloten

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    Hydrology of the Bow River - John Van Sloten

    "All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again." - Ecclesiastes 1:7 “This is 2,300 year old wisdom from ... Read More >

What is BioLogos?

Science & The Bible

  • The Big Story

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    The Big Story

    What if we told the story of the Bible from the perspective of what science has learned about God's world? View the epic story of God that stretches from creation to new creation... Read More >

  • Using Scripture to Interpret Science

    Blog Post
    Using Scripture to Interpret Science

    The science–Scripture relationship can feel one–sided (favoring science), but there are many ways in which, for Christians, Scripture provides the lenses through which we ... Read More >

  • When Appearances Are Deceiving

    Blog Post
    When Appearances Are Deceiving

    Rev. Scott Hoezee shares his story of wrestling with his faith and the age of the earth and the universe. Read More >

  • Science and the Bible

    Blog Series
    Science and the Bible

    This ongoing series written by historian Ted Davis begins with a brief synopsis of his personal background, and then goes on to reveal his passion for debunking “the now-common ... Read More >

    22 PART SERIES

Scientific Evidence

  • What is evolution?

    Common Question
    What is evolution?

    Properly understood, evolution is a scientific theory about the development of life and is consistent with Christian theology. Read More >

  • How did God create the ingredients for life?

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    How did God create the ingredients for life?

    (Video #4 in the BioLogos Basics video series.) So how did God bring about the diversity of life we see on earth today? First he needed a place where life could survive. Script:... Read More >

  • Evolution: What We Know and What We Don't Know

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    Evolution: What We Know and What We Don't Know

    In this video, Jeff Schloss discusses some things we should be mindful of when we discuss evolution. He begins with the observation that when we use the term “evolution,&rdquo... Read More >

  • Where is the Genetic Evidence for Evolution? Video

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    Where is the Genetic Evidence for Evolution? Video

    (audio with PowerPoint, 19:57) What we are learning from studying DNA has revolutionized our understanding of how creatures share common ancestors. Mutated genes spread through popula... Read More >

  • How do we know the earth is old?

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    How do we know the earth is old?

    There are several reliable ways to accurately estimate the age of materials on Earth. Some methods measure radioactive atoms that decay at steady and predictable rates; others count l... Read More >

  • Evolution Basics

    Blog Series
    Evolution Basics

    Written by BioLogos Fellow of Biology Dennis Venema, this series of posts is intended as a basic introduction to the science of evolution for non-specialists. Read More >

    50 PART SERIES

The State of the Dialogue

  • Are science and Christianity at war?

    Common Question
    Are science and Christianity at war?

    In fact, religion can have a positive impact on science, such as in the development of modern medical ethics. Many early scientific leaders were devout Christians, as are some today. Read More >

  • What the New Pew Study Actually Reveals

    Blog Post
    What the New Pew Study Actually Reveals

    The unaffiliated believe the conflict about science and religion to be mostly “out there,” while Evangelicals mostly believe the conflict is an in-house affair. Read More >

  • A Survey of Clergy and Their Views on Origins

    Blog Post
    A Survey of Clergy and Their Views on Origins

    In 2012, the Barna Group conducted telephone interviews with pastors from across the US from all Christian denominations, providing a fascinating analysis of clerical views on origins... Read More >

  • Evangelicals, Creation, and Scripture: An Overview

    Scholarly Article
    Evangelicals, Creation, and Scripture: An Overview

    Mark Noll, historian and author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, enumerates 15 attitudes, assumptions, and convictions he considers to be most influential in inciting anti-inte... Read More >

The Church Taking Action

  • Moving Pastors Toward Science

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    Moving Pastors Toward Science

    This project, led by Craig Story and Justin Topp, is entitled "Pastors, Faith and Science" and has the goal of equipping pastors with tools to approach issues of science and... Read More >

  • Faith and Science: A Dialogue

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    Faith and Science: A Dialogue

    Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, Michigan. During 2011-2013, this church featured several special events which included talks such as “Do You Understand What You’re Re... Read More >

  • Scientists in Congregations Program

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    Scientists in Congregations Program

    This program involved providing grants to 35 congregations in the U.S. and two internationally to begin to catalyze the dialogue of theology and science. Their website now houses a co... Read More >

  • GC Science Website

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    GC Science Website

    A network of scientists at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. They are dedicated to helping people integrate science and the Christian Faith and seek to do so through their web... Read More >

  • Nazarenes Exploring Evolution

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    Nazarenes Exploring Evolution

    Their goal was to “deepen and broaden the discussion about evolution in the Church of the Nazarene.” Their website contains several articles written by pastors, professors... Read More >

  • Ministry Theorum

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    Ministry Theorum

    Goal is to “promote an enhanced awareness of contemporary science and to provide resources and encouragement for engaging science in the ministries of congregations everywhere.&... Read More >

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

BioLogos continues to show that firm belief in the truth-telling character of Scripture can support, rather than undermine, the best scientific investigations. All who are invested in any aspect of these questions should applaud their good work in transforming science and religion from a war zone to an instructive conversation.

- Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
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