Review of The Lost World of Adam and Eve

I’m delighted to be a participant in the Patheos Book Club about John Walton’s latest book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. If the title sounds familiar, it is because Walton has also written books with the titles The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and [Read More...]

Inhofe Disproves Poverty and Hunger

On Facebook, Chris Code offered the following comment about Senator James Inhofe’s misguided attempt to disprove global warming by holding up a snowball: This is Republican, science-denier logic for you. What will he ask next? “If poverty is real then where did I get this money? If world hunger is real then where did I [Read More...]

Some Say

Historically, there have been a variety of explanations for the way things are. Most of a culture’s stories along these lines could be prefaced with “Some say,” with an implicit “Others say” in view. We see a reflection of this in the Bible, with its variant creation stories, its variant stories of how David and Saul [Read More...]

Importing Modern-Day Science Into Ancient Texts

I shared a long quote from Mike Beidler a while back, and a discussion occurred about how important his point was, but also how wordy, and thus not meme-friendly. Mike kindly boiled his point down to the above Most Interesting Man in the World meme, and I think it does the job very nicely. Compare [Read More...]

Embracing Science as a Christian

The quote comes from an article Hannah Birky wrote for BioLogos, “How Science Led Me To A Deeper Faith.” The background image is a NASA Hubble Telescope image of the Eagle Nebula in infrared light. Of related interest, see Ruth Bancewicz’s post about her new book, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith. [Read more...]

LOST Rewatch: Man of Science, Man of Faith

The season 2 premiere of LOST is wonderfully mind-bending, and showed the kinds of surprising things LOST had in store, as it started blowing the lid (literally) off of the mysteries it had set before us. It starts with things we aren’t immediately able to understand. But eventually, we discover that the person we are [Read More...]

Science Denial Mad Libs

Also note how well this works: The scholarly consensus regarding the historical Jesus leaves something to be desired. If Jesus is historical, then why are the details of his life absent from Paul’s letters? Besides, Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and others have challenged the views of scholars like Mark Goodacre and James Dunn, proving that the historicity [Read More...]

Ahead of its Time Knowledge in the Bible?

Ross MacKenzie has a nice breakdown of what motivates – and what is wrong with – attempts to identify ahead-of-its-time knowledge of science in the Bible. Some of these are very dubious - far from being the idea design for a ship, the box-shaped humongous ark may not have been seaworthy at all. Others are so vague [Read More...]

The Wonder of the Universe and the Language of Science and Faith

I am long overdue to blog about several books that IVP has sent me on the subject of science. Scientific illiteracy is a major problem in the United States in general, but among conservative Evangelicals in particular, and Christians in general, that scientific illiteracy, mixed with equal parts of illiteracy about the Bible, its context, and scholarship [Read More...]

That’s a Fact

From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs [Read More...]

Dangerous Debates?

Some predicted that the overall harmful effects of debates such as Bill Nye’s with Ken Ham would outweigh the benefits. What do you think? Hemant Mehta shared a talk Nye gave recently in which he talked about the debate (among other things): IO9 shared a famous example of the danger of engaging a fanatic in debate. The article’s [Read More...]


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