Must We Play the Game? (RJS)

The next chapter of Matthew Nelson Hills new book  Evolution and Holiness: Sociobiology, Altruism, and the Quest for Weslyan Perfection explores a topic at the cutting edge of science – the existence or not of human freedom … the free will question. This is a question I’ve posted on a number of times over the [Read More…]

And Cain Knew His Wife (RJS)

Where did Cain get his wife? Did people really live 900+ years? Who cares who begot who?  Can we get to the action?! Perhaps the most boring genre in the Bible is the genealogy – or at least it can seem so from our twenty first century perspective. They raise questions at times – especially [Read More…]

East of Eden (RJS)

Chapter 4 of Genesis begins on what should be a happy note, the birth of two sons, but things quickly go south. Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.” Next she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel [Read More…]

The Serpent in the Garden (RJS)

All was going along great. Adam, Eve, Garden, God. And then, appearing from nowhere, the serpent was in the garden. The first verse of Genesis 3 introduces the character. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, [Read More…]

Is Intelligent Design Dead? (RJS)

A decade ago Intelligent Design with a capital I and a capital D was a hot topic. A major trial testing the teaching of the ID in Pennsylvania was decided in late 2005 and Stephen C. Meyer’s massive book Signature in the Cell was published in 2009. It was a common topic in evangelical churches [Read More…]

You Are Not What You Eat! (RJS)

Many of the most interesting topics at the interface science and the Christian faith fall in the realm of neuroscience, sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. These are fields, it should be noted, that are in flux and undergoing rapid development. Much of the literature, especially the literature written for a popular audience reflects the inconsistencies of [Read More…]

From Atoms or Adams, We are God’s Creation (RJS)

The next chapter of Ron Highfield’s new book The Faithful Creator looks explicitly at divine creation and modern science. Certainly the first image that comes to mind for many is the (supposed) conflict between the conclusions of modern science and biblical faith in God as creator.  But is this conflict real and unavoidable, or is [Read More…]

The Heart of the Matter (RJS)

John Walton has an interesting analysis of the question of women in ministry included in the Contemporary Significance section of his commentary on Genesis 2 (The NIV Application Commentary Genesis).  This is worth some serious thought and discussion. Commitments. He suggests several steps and commitments we should take. First, the commitments quoted from pp. 189-191. [Read More…]

And They Become One Flesh (RJS)

With consideration of Genesis 2 the series of posts on Genesis intersects those on biblical womanhood. Genesis 2 provides a creation account both distinct from an complementary to the creation account of Genesis 1. In both accounts the culmination of creation is human beings, male and female, placed in God’s sacred space to be his [Read More…]

The Fossils Say No! (RJS)

But what do the fossils say no to?  (Spoiler: It isn’t evolution.) I’ve been summarizing and reviewing Robert Asher’s book Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist. Dr. Asher is a specialist in mammalian evolution as evidenced in the fossil record. He is Curator of Vertebrates at the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge UK. In [Read More…]