Did God Create Us Sinful? (RJS)

This post is part 6 of a series The Fall and Sin After Darwin. We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? In conjunction with this we are also looking at three articles in the [Read More...]

How Much History in Gen 1-3? (RJS)

This post is part 5 in a series on The Fall and Sin After Darwin. We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? In conjunction with this we are also looking at three articles in [Read More...]

The Fall and Sin After Darwin 4 (RJS)

We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? In conjunction with this we are also looking at three articles in the recent theme issue of the ASA Journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (v. [Read More...]

Are “Shelf Doctrines” Hazardous to Faith? (RJS)

In Weekly Meanderings last Saturday Scot linked to a couple of posts by Roger Olson on his blog. This led me to read those two posts, but also several others on Dr. Olson’s site. One of them is worth some serious thought and conversation. In a post entitled Those pesky “shelf doctrines” Dr. Olson contemplates the doctrines and beliefs we know we should hold, but don’t really understand, often don’t really believe, and find ways to nuance and interpret. What are these “shelf doctrines” and what should we do about them? [Read more...]

The Fall and Sin After Darwin 3 (RJS)

We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? In conjunction with this we are also looking at three articles in the recent theme issue of the ASA Journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (v. 62 no. 3 2010) Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics, and Evolutionary Science. On Tuesday we began a discussion of the article by Daniel C. Harlow, After Adam: Reading Genesis in an Age of Evolutionary Science We discussed the portion of his article where he puts forth his reasons for a literary interpretation of Gen 1-11 as story in the last post. The next part of his article looks at the consequence of taking Genesis 2-3 on its own terms and looks as well at Paul and his discussion in Romans 5. Dr. Harlow upholds what he considers a viable doctrine of both original sin and the fall. He finds the biblical support for these doctrines, not in Genesis or the Old Testament, but in Paul. The doctrines don’t stand or fall with a historical Adam, he suggests, but with the gospel of Jesus Christ preached by Paul. [Read more...]

The Fall and Sin After Darwin 2 (RJS)

We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? The doctrines of sin and the Fall are key concerns as we consider this question. After all, evolutionary creation calls into question the existence of Adam and Eve as historical individuals and this has, or so many think, serious consequences. I started a series a couple of weeks ago that began to look at the issues of sin and the Fall (part one). Last week was rather busy and I didn’t have the time to dig into the topic, but today I return and continue the series looking at one of the three articles in the recent theme issue of the ASA Journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (v. 62 no. 3 2010) Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics, and Evolutionary Science. Today we will consider the article by Daniel C. Harlow, After Adam: Reading Genesis in an Age of Evolutionary Science. [Read more...]

The Moral Landscape (RJS)

Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith has a new book The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. As is the norm he is out giving interviews and building interest in the book. In an interview at AVClub he outlines his purpose in writing the book and some of his conclusions. In this latest offering Harris tackles the question of morality. He finds the abdication of moral framework by science and scientists to be unfortunate to say the least. Such an abdication leaves a place for religion. This is something that Dr. Harris finds regrettable. [Read more...]

Being Human 3 (RJS)

In my last post on Being Human After Darwin I commented on Francisco Ayala’s essay on the characteristics that make us human. The suggestion is that our “humanness” is not at its root reducible to chemistry, physics, or even biology. Rather the things that make us human are abstract properties related to mind and to culture. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before, not simply in our biological composition, but more importantly and more profoundly in our knowledge, our understanding, and our culture, in the knowledge of good and evil, in the awareness that things could be better. We are human collectively and in the context of culture. Sure – one can look for chemical, physical, and biological roots that give rise to our capacity for culture and abstract thought, but there has been something of a phase transition. We are not simply smarter animals. Exactly how this came about I don’t know – or I should say I don’t know the mechanism used to bring this about. However it happened it is, I think, an important part of the biblical concept of humans created in the image of God, part of the mission, purpose of God in creation. [Read more...]

The Fall and Sin After Darwin 1 (RJS)

The book Theology After Darwin contains a series of essay centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? If we were to take a poll on this blog asking this question I venture to guess that the doctrines of sin and the Fall would top the list of concerns. After all, evolutionary creation calls into question the existence of Adam and Eve as historical individuals and this has serious consequences … or does it? [Read more...]

Being Human After Darwin 2 (RJS)

I posted last week on the first part of an essay by Francisco Ayala on Being Human After Darwin. I am going to discuss the second part of this essay today, but first I would like to point to an issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation (The ASA is a network of Christians in the sciences). The recent issue of PSCF (v. 62 no. 3 2010) is a theme issue: Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics, and Evolutionary Science. According to the website the print version is sold out; but several of the articles are available for download on the ASA PSCF Discussion blog. The topics here mesh very well with the book I am currently blogging through “Theology After Darwin (available from of Abebooks.com search on author = Berry and title = Theology After Darwin). I am going to intersperse discussion of the essays in the book and discussion of the articles in the Journal. [Read more...]


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