Testing Book Smarts (RJS)

Joel Duff at Naturalis Historia has a blog well worth following.  As a biology professor and a thoughtful Christian his insights are worth reading.  His post earlier this week Testing Book-smarts with Observation is a great example. Here he poses a question: Should professors at Universities be active participants in generating and testing ideas or [Read More…]

A Blaze of Glory! (RJS)

The rapture and Armageddon, military conquest and the heaven and earth passing away in a blaze of glory are concepts that can catch the imagination.  A commenter on a recent post (here) noted that the imagery of destruction can have a profound effect. The Rapture thing didn’t just shape our understanding of Jesus’ second coming, [Read More…]

Of Crockoducks and Kangaroaches (RJS)

One common argument brought up to cast doubt on the theory of evolution is the absence or paucity of intermediate or transitional forms. Much is made of the fact that there is no evidence for “macroevolution” – one kind becoming another completely different kind. But transitional forms … what does this mean?  Presumably animals with [Read More…]

In the Beginning (RJS)

The first chapter of Ron Highfield’s new book The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety looked at the theology of creation in the Old Testament. A commenter on A Theology of Creation  suggested that this was the wrong place to start.  As Christians our understanding of Christ should shape our [Read More…]

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…]