God Nudges, Shouldn’t We Also? (RJS)

Iain Provan, in his book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Ch. 10) makes the claim that God is a gradualist. This has significant implications for biblical society, the lessons we should draw from biblical society, and the attitude we should take toward our society today. From all [Read More...]

Healing the Divide (RJS)

Last week I posted a response to the question: Do we need to read the whole Bible?  While it isn’t necessary for every Christian to read every section of the Bible, it is important that teachers, preachers, and other leaders are immersed in the entire sweep of scripture, and this includes the boring and the  [Read More...]

Human Experience and Our Hope for the Future (RJS)

A couple of weeks ago we began a series of posts looking at John Polkinghorne’s book The God of Hope and the End of the World. After looking at insights into hope and the end of the world from the realm of science (see the previous post: The End of the World), Polkinghorne turns to [Read More...]

Read the Whole Bible? (RJS)

I had the opportunity last fall to meet Amy Julia Becker at a BioLogos gathering. Amy Julia is author of a number of books, most recently Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most. She has a blog Thin Places that touches on a number of different issues. She commented on her experience at [Read More...]

Scientists, Celebrities, and Yahoos … Why Are We Here? (RJS)

The next chapter of Philip Yancey’s new book Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? makes a great followup to Tuesday’s post the “scientific” answer to the question “why are we here?”. Yancey addresses this question by illustrating several of the views running around in our society and contrasting them with a Christian [Read More...]

Not Benevolent, Warm, and Fuzzy (RJS)

The industrious ants store up food for the winter while the grasshopper sings the days away. Aesop’s fable of The Grasshopper and the Ants provides an ancient example of moral lessons derived from nature. Ants are always working and foraging for food. We would do well to emulate this industry. But can nature alone really [Read More...]

The End of the World (RJS)

There are a number of topics worth some thought and discussion – topics where our current understanding of science plays a role at some level. The questions of origins and of miracles top the list, but the nature or possibility of an “Age to Come” with new heavens and a new earth also raises questions. [Read More...]

An Exciting Opportunity! (RJS)

Are you interested in questions of science and Christian faith? Perhaps not quite sure what to think? Want to enter into a conversation and learn some more? On this blog we’ve been carrying on a conversation about the relationship between science and Christian  faith for many years. The conversation has wandered over a wide range [Read More...]

The Old Testament Isn’t “Green” … or Is It? (RJS)

A longer title to this post could be “What the Old Testament really says about our relationship to the rest of creation … and why it matters.”  That is a bit of a mouthful though. The short title could be simply “Earth Keeping.” This isn’t some conservationist piece, trying to fit the Old Testament into [Read More...]

Gould, Bryan, and the Importance of NOMA (RJS)

Actually a better title for this post might be A Shocker! … Gould Defends Bryan. Today William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925, image source) is best known for his role in the (in)famous 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton TN. Stephen Jay Gould devotes much of a chapter in his book Rocks of Ages to Bryan. Gould does [Read More...]