Is There Ambiguity in the Bible? (RJS)

Chapter four of Dr. John Polkinghorne’s little book  Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible explores the ambiguity he finds in the bible. The tapestry of life is not coloured in simple black and white, representing an unambiguous choice between the unequivocally bad and the unequivocally good. The ambiguity of human deeds and desires means [Read More…]

Adam in Genesis and Paul (RJS)

There is little doubt that a major fault-line in the integration of a Christian understanding of the world with the major findings in modern science is centered on the issue of Adam. We saw this in the response to the posts last week on Tuesday (Pastors Unconvinced … Now What?), Wednesday (Science, Evolution, and the [Read More…]

Testing Scripture on Creation and Fall (RJS)

Any discussion of the interface of science and scripture will eventually come to Genesis 1-3 creation and fall. The centrality of this discussion was obvious in the comments after the post on Tuesday Pastors Unconvinced … Now What? and the brief post yesterday Science, Evolution, and the Bible. Dr. John Polkinghorne gives an overview of [Read More…]

Pastors Unconvinced … Now What? (RJS)

The question of Adam and Eve has come up often in the discussion of the relationship between science and faith. While it has no impact for the unbeliever from the science side of the question, it is a serious issue from the Christian side of the question. We’ve discussed it at length through C. John [Read More…]

Is Intelligent Design Dead? (RJS)

There is an interesting column by Paul Wallace on the Huffington Post: Intelligent Design is Dead: A Christian Perspective. Wallace quotes another blogger, Jason Rosenhouse: In the nineties and early 2000s, ID seemed to be producing one novel argument after another… it was [then] possible to wonder seriously if ID was a serious intellectual movement, [Read More…]

Testing Scripture 2 (RJS)

Scripture plays a foundational role in the Christian faith on both an individual level and a corporate level. In fact, the centrality of scripture to the Christian faith is hard to argue. It is a self-revelation of God, so Christians believe. The Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne has written a short book to describe his general [Read More…]

Science and Theology 5 – Motivated Belief (RJS)

Is religious belief merely a faith claim – a personal preference like that for peanut butter? Last Friday I put up a short post pointing to a column in the Huffington Post by Paul Pardi based on an interview with Professor Peter Boghossian of Portland State University. Dr. Boghossian takes the position that faith claims [Read More…]

Do Faith Claims Have a Place? (RJS)

There is an interesting column by Paul Pardi in the Huffington Post: Why Faith Claims Should Be ‘Corrected’: A Professor’s View (HT JT). In this column Pardi discusses a recent article and talk by Professor Peter Boghossian of Portland State University. At the heart of Boghossian’s argument is the idea that students should leave a [Read More…]

Testing Scripture 1 (RJS)

Scripture plays a foundational role in the Christian faith on both an individual level and a corporate level. In fact, the centrality of scripture to the Christian faith is hard to argue. It is the self-revelation of God, so Christians believe. Without the Old Testament we would know little or nothing of God’s relationship to [Read More…]

Are Science and Theology Complementary? (RJS)

We are in the middle of a short series of posts on  a recent book by The Rev. Dr. Polkinghorne, Theology in the Context of Science. This is a rather academic book – but the kind of book that someone who wants to move beyond the culture war issues of young earth, old earth, and [Read More…]


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