No Interpretation Needed!? (RJS)

On Sunday Scot put up a short post highlighting a shift at Bryan College tightening the “acceptable” ranges of interpretation of the Genesis account. While most of the commenters on the post mourned the change that sentiment is certainly not universal. As one of the commenters put it: I am thankful that there are some [Read More...]

The Spirit of Life (RJS)

The fifth chapter of The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms is by Jürgen Moltmann. I’ve heard a great deal about Moltmann over the last several years, but this is the first thing by Moltmann I’ve had reason and time to read. (Yes I could have “made” [Read More...]

The Benefit of a Spirit-Breathed Perspective (RJS)

In the third chapter of The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms Jeff Schloss, Professor of Biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara CA, reflects on the role that Spirit played in creation (past) and plays in creation (present). Hovering Over Waters: Spirit and the Ordering of [Read More...]

Once Again: Immortality is a Divine Gift! (RJS)

The picture to the right is of a hawk that landed with its fresh caught meal outside the window on campus a couple of weeks ago. It was mesmerizing to watch (I’ve got some video clips as well). I was quite distracted from my meeting. Theology did not enter my mind at the time, but it [Read More...]

It Starts With Genesis (RJS)

The Great Debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye last week was interesting. There is no scientific case for a young earth and Ken Ham did not really offer one. He drew a distinction between historical science and observational science and relegated all scientific evidence for an old earth to interpretation corrupted by a secular [Read More...]

The Great Debate? Nye vs. Ham (RJS)

Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era? As many probably know there was a debate on Tuesday, this one with Bill Nye, The Science Guy, vs. Ken Ham, The Bible Guy. The debate is, for a time at least,  readily available on YouTube. I was busy Tuesday and couldn’t watch [Read More...]

Evolution, Death, Adam, Wright (RJS)

Back in July I put up a post Adam, Adam, Adam, Wright that discussed a range of views on the topic of Adam. In the post I quoted from an interview between Andrew Wilson and N.T. Wright where the question of Adam came up. Recently I happened on another interview, this one when Justin Brierley [Read More...]

And Then God Speaks … About Creation (RJS)

The climax of the book of Job comes when Yahweh answers Job, or more accurately instructs Job, from the whirlwind in Chapters 38-41. This long series of posts, and the careful interaction with recent commentaries by John Walton (Job (The NIV Application Commentary)) and Tremper Longman III (Job (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom [Read More...]

The Origin of Life (RJS)

Among the issues shaping the origins debate, the most complex scientific questions surround the origin of life. Gerald Rau outlines some of the confusion and uncertainty concerning the origin of life in chapter 4 of his book Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything. I’ve written on this before, but it [Read More...]

The Origin of the Universe – Three Views (RJS)

In his book Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything Gerald Rau considers four different aspects of origins – the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of species, and the origin of humans. The first, the origin of the universe, is in many respects the least controversial [Read More...]


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