Signposts to God and More (RJS)

Books, books, books … What is the best book you’ve read on Science and Christian faith? It seems to be the season … not the holiday season, but the book season.  I recently received three new books. Books by a physicist, a biologist (with training in theology as well), and a philosopher.  All three tackle [Read More…]

What Do You Love? (RJS)

What do you want from life? What brings a satisfaction that lasts? Wealth, power, sex? The correct candidate winning today’s election? (I am sure this hits a nerve with a large number of readers.) Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Tim Keller digs into the question of a satisfaction that lasts in the next [Read More…]

The Stories We Tell (RJS)

Chapter 2 of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature by  Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown digs into the warfare model of science as it pertains to neuroscience and psychology. Does science disprove God? Whether a person believes it does or not depends more on the narrative constructed around the [Read More…]

God, Satan, Job and the Rest (RJS)

Before digging into the text of Job is is helpful to understand the roles played by the major characters in the book. Section two of the recent book How to Read Job by John Walton and Tremper Longman III discusses each of the players. There are chapters dedicated to God, Satan, Job, Job’s human advisors, [Read More…]

It Isn’t About Jacob! (RJS)

It has been awhile since the last post in our walk through Genesis – Isaac was Isaac-ing, but now we turn to Jacob, through whom the nation of Israel was established. Abraham and Isaac became fathers of many nations, but Jacob of only one, God’s chosen people Israel. Abraham had many sons, but only through [Read More…]

Is Meaning a meaningless Pursuit? (RJS)

For many people in the 21st century the search for some transcendent meaning is futile, a mere chasing after rainbows. The meaning of life is simply what you make of it – relationships, pleasure, achievement, accomplishment (which can include sacrificial service) – in the limited time available. Certainly this has been the response of many [Read More…]

Apes on the Way Up? (RJS)

Neuroscience and psychology are fast developing fields with a proliferation of sub-disciplines and degrees offered. Our scientific understanding of what it means to be human is undergoing rapid evolution. In many respects this is the battle front in any active war between science and religion. Once upon a time the front involved the form of [Read More…]

Reading Job as Literature (RJS)

I am preparing to lead a short Bible study on the book of Job using the recent book How to Read Job by John Walton and Tremper Longman III as a guide. The book of Job provides an excellent forum for discussing the nature of Scripture as the word of God, God as creator, and [Read More…]

We All Live By Faith (RJS)

I closed my last post on Tim Keller’s new book Making Sense of God with a comment made on my post None and Fine With It: The evidence is the evidence, and science follows the evidence. Christianity comes to the evidence with a preconceived premise that there is a supernatural creator, which then biases all [Read More…]

Science for the Good of the Church (RJS)

The final section of  A Little Book for New Scientists: Why and How to Study Science by Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson looks at  the interplay between science and Christian faith – particularly science and Scripture, the impression that most scientists are atheists, and the calling to be scientists for the good of the church. [Read More…]