A Civil Disagreement (RJS)

I recently received a copy of a new book courtesy of the publisher, Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation edited by Kenneth Keathley (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), J. B. Stump (BioLogos) and Joe Aguirre (Reasons to Believe). This is an unusual book – it isn’t a polemical defense of a view. The contributors, despite very real disagreements,  [Read More…]

God’s Absence (RJS)

As Christians we are taught much about the presence of God in creation and in our lives. Less is said about God’s absence in creation. Justo L. González ([Creation] The Apple of God’s Eye) digs into both God’s presence and God’s absence.  There is much that we could discuss in these two short chapters, but [Read More…]

The Seeds of Life (RJS)

Can These Bones Live? This is the question posed in Chapters 10 and 11 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology where he gives a brief overview of the chemical requirements for the origin of life. A more recent book, A World From Dust: How the Periodic [Read More…]

The Image of God (RJS)

The next five theses on the Adam and Eve of Genesis in their context (Adam and the Genome) develop the significance of humanity created in the image and likeness of God. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea [Read More…]

Remember the Sabbath, to Keep it Holy (RJS)

Exodus 20 ties the command to remember the Sabbath directly to the Genesis 1 story of creation. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; you shall not do any work, you or [Read More…]

Does the Universe Point to God? (RJS)

The second section of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with fine-tuning and natural theology in the context of a number of scientific theories and observations. The first of these relate to cosmology and the fundamental constants of the universe. It has been noted by many [Read More…]

“No Longer” or “Not Yet”? (RJS)

When ever we begin to think about God’s creation the question of evil rears its ugly head. If God is love and the all powerful creator, why is there evil in the world. Some pretend they’ve answered this question by reference back to the Fall: the blame lies with mankind. Just read Genesis 3. But [Read More…]

St. Augustine and Natural Theology (RJS)

Chapter eight of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with the views of Augustine of Hippo on creation. Augustine reflected at length on Genesis, creation, and time. These reflections fill the second half of Confessions (Penguin Classics) and crop up in other works. Augustine also wrote [Read More…]

It is God’s Story (RJS)

In chapter six of Adam and the Genome Scot McKnight starts by outlining the ancient Near Eastern context of the biblical creation narratives, including those in Genesis 1-3. Several texts have come to light a few in a variety of forms. Scot considers Enuma Elish, Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, and the Sumerian version of the Atrahasis creation [Read More…]

A Trinitarian Natural Theology (RJS)

The first section of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with his vision of a Trinitarian natural theology.  The section is rather academic. As McGrath sets up his vision for natural theology, he runs through the ideas advanced by many other Christian thinkers and apologists. Doing [Read More…]