From One Couple? (RJS)

The next argument John Walton addresses in his new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate is the argument that Adam and Eve are required by biblically sound theology to be the unique progenitors of the human race. To do so he poses two questions: Does the [Read More...]

Evolutionary Inborn Evil? (RJS)

Does the absence of a Fall make God responsible for human and natural evil? Does the presence of a Fall remove the criticism that God is the author of evil? Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science explores these questions in a chapter entitled “Suffering and Evil.”  He has argued [Read More...]

Paul’s Adam (RJS)

The next chapter of John Walton’s recent book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate digs into the question of Paul’s use of Adam, particularly in Romans, but also in 1 Corinthians. Because he is an Old Testament scholar he brought in a New Testament scholar (and one [Read More...]

Is “The Fall” Necessary? (RJS)

Chapter 7 of Mark Harris’s book The Nature of Creation: Examining the Bible and Science turns to the question of the Fall. In many ways this is the key question when examining the Bible and Science. Some things simply seem inexplicable in the context of a “good” creation, the product of an all powerful, all [Read More...]

Jesus is the Keystone (RJS)

Jesus is the Keystone of God’s plan to resolve disorder and perfect order, or so claims John Walton in the next chapter of his new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve. But Jesus is more than simply the solution to a problem. He resolves disorder introduced by sin, but his presence and participation [Read More...]

How to Talk About Science and Faith (RJS)

Or perhaps, and more important, how not to talk about science and faith.  Some thoughts from 50+ years as a Christian involved in a range of churches, and from 30+ years as an active scientist, 23 years as a professor. 1. Make Sure Your Facts are Straight. There is no scientific controversy about the age [Read More...]

But the Greatest of These is Love (RJS)

I have to admit it. There have been a number of posts lately that I’ve found rather depressing. These aren’t bad posts. In fact I’d say that they are quite good by and large, but they they feel a bit like picking at scabs. Austin Fischer’s post last Thursday “Are Scientists Really Split on Evolution?” [Read More...]

Creation – Once or Continual? (RJS)

The next chapter of Mark Harris’s new book The Nature of Creation looks at the theological significance of the relationship between creation and creator. In particular he considers two aspects of the creative activity – creation from nothing and continuous creation – and what these tell us about the nature of God. Harris also looks [Read More...]

Bread From Heaven in the Desert (RJS)

The next chapter of Walter Moberly’s book Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture looks at Exodus 16 and the provision of manna in the wilderness. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in [Read More...]

Not Paradise Lost, But Paradise Ungained (RJS)

The next three propositions in John Walton’s new book The Lost World of Adam and Eve look at non-order, order, disorder, and the fall in Genesis 3. There are several important points in this section addressing the questions: What is sin?  What was lost in Genesis 3? What is the consequence of this loss? and [Read More...]