Temporary Happy By-Products (RJS)

It has been a Star Wars season for many. Although I haven’t seen the new movie (or, indeed, any other than the original three – which were fantastic) many friends and family members contributed to the first weekend success of the film. Several have seen it more than once. Anyway, a recent twitter storm and [Read More...]

Redemption of Creation or Harps and Clouds? (RJS)

Although there are variations across the range of Christianity, it is not uncommon for Christians, especially evangelical Christians, to view our eternal destiny as a heaven of eternal worship. This is often caricatured as angels floating on clouds and playing harps for eternity. (Not exactly a view derived from Scripture.)   The core argument of J. [Read More...]

Thinking Scientifically (RJS)

What does it mean to think scientifically? Uniformitarianism and Naturalism. In the second chapter of Evolution and Belief Robert Asher, Curator of Vertebrates in the Museum of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, outlines his thoughts on what it means to think scientifically and contrasts this with some of the ways Christians approach the question [Read More...]

A Theology of Creation (RJS)

I recently picked up a new book by Ron Highfield The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety. This book explores the concepts of creation, providence and evil and looks like it should lead to some interesting conversation and insight. Ron Highfield is a professor of religion at Pepperdine University (a [Read More...]

The Evolution of Resurrection (RJS)

Resurrection is an idea that evolves and develops in Scripture reaching its climax in the New Testament with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hope for the future that resurrection ushers in for the apostles and the early church. Having looked at holistic salvation in the Old Testament, J. Richard Middleton in A New [Read More...]

Evolution, Belief, and the Virgin Birth (RJS)

One of the common objections to evolutionary creation relates to the lack of evidence for macro-evolution as opposed to micro-evolution. Most people have no problem with evolution of a sort producing variation within species. Many will even accept the evolutionary formation of new closely related species (e.g. domestic dogs, wild dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, and [Read More...]

The Mountains Melt Like Wax (RJS)

The next two chapters of Richard Middleton’s book A New Heaven and a New Earth look at the Old Testament view of God’s salvation in law, wisdom, and prophecy.  The goal of salvation in the Old Testament is earthly flourishing for both God’s people and God’s creation. Given the reality of sin salvation cannot be [Read More...]

What Are Your Objections? (RJS)

Brad Kramer had another thought-provoking post on his blog The Evolving Evangelical at BioLogos this week.  At the Evangelical Theological Society meeting earlier this month he and Jim Stump had the opportunity to ask those who stopped by their BioLogos booth what objections they had to the concept of evolutionary creation.  The top five match [Read More...]

The Authority of Science Scripture (RJS)

Too many people frame any discussion of science and Christian faith as a battle for supremacy. The authority of science and the authority of Scripture are in conflict as though this was a competition with only one winner. Some (Richard Dawkins as an example) hold up science as the only reliable authority and dismiss Scripture [Read More...]

God Redeems His People … Then and Now (RJS)

One of the overarching themes of the Old Testament is God’s redemption of his people (and boy, do they (we) need it).   Chapter six four of Richard Middleton’s book A New Heaven and a New Earth sketches this Old Testament view of salvation. But, and this is an important but, salvation in the Old Testament [Read More...]