BioLogos held a workshop at Gordon College last week – well attended and well worth the time from what I hear. Some 50-70 people were in attendance, mostly college professors. Several regular readers of this blog were at the workshop. One who was there told me that it was a huge success, with many good conversations throughout. I was traveling, at science conferences myself, or might have looked into attending. (If I hadn’t been traveling I would have noted this: Hawks Beat Flyers to Win Stanley Cup, and this: Chicago Celebrates Stanley Cup. Even Wrigley paid homage: Blackhawks Bring Their Cup Party to Wrigley. World Cup, World Series take a back seat … nothing compared to a ‘real’ sport and prize.)
But back on topic…
Rachel Held Evans – who recently published a book Evolving in Monkey Town was among those who attended. I have a copy of the book compliments of Zondervan and will post on it once I’ve read it. Rachel posted comments on the conference on her blog and on the BioLogos blog Science and the Sacred yesterday 13 Things I Learned at the BioLogos Conference.
Among her 13:
It is possible to talk about the origins debate with an attitude of respect and humility.
Science professors (particularly at Christian colleges) are desperate to find good ways to counsel students whose faith is challenged by the scientific data they encounter in the classroom.
At the heart of the tension between science and Scripture is what Pete Enns calls “genre misidentification.” [See my earlier post today.]
The question “where do you draw the line?” is not one that only evolutionary creationists have to answer.
“Evolutionary creationists” is a preferred term to “theistic evolutionists.” [I agree]
Both evolutionary creationists and proponents of intelligent design believe that God is the creator of the universe.
The smartest people are the ones who are humbled by how little they know.
You can read the full commentary on Rachel’s blog or on BioLogos.
What do you think of her observations?
If you were at the workshop – what are your observations?