Jesus Ate Fish and Other Thoughts on Death (RJS)

To dig a little deeper into the problem of animal suffering Ronald Osborn (Death Before the Fall) turns to C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Pain. There are two ideas that are offered up for consideration. All Death is not Evil. According to Osborn, Lewis makes a distinction between sentience and consciousness. Sentience is [Read More...]

And it Was Good … But Red in Tooth and Claw? (RJS)

One of the more common arguments against evolution is the requirement of death before the fall. Not just death as a fact, but death as a mechanism of creation.  It is often suggested that evolution is inconsistent with the notion of God as creator and creation as good. After all evolution relies on death and [Read More...]

Death Before the Fall (RJS)

I recently received a copy of a new book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering by Ronald Osborn courtesy of the publisher (IVP). This is not your typical coffee table book, although the imagery with which Osborn starts, Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, would fit right in … aside that [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...]

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...]

Being Drawn Toward the Future (RJS)

Daniel Harrell wraps up his book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith, with a reflection and a perspective that I don’t think we consider seriously enough. Christians have always believed all truth to be God’s truth, implying that science and faith, despite differences when it comes to explaining why, nevertheless should agree in regard [Read More...]

Soon and Very Soon (RJS)

I am mourning this week as a fellow faculty member and long time (5+ year) attender of our church died last week, not in the fullness of age as we read in Isaiah 65:20, but at my age. He wasn’t a close friend, but he and his family had been to our house for dinner [Read More...]

Evolution and the Sting of Death (RJS)

The latest installment of the BioLogos series Southern Baptist Voices, published earlier this month, explored the troubling issue of the role death plays in evolution. John D. Laing, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Havard School for Theological Studies, raised the issue in his essay Evolution and Death. The [Read More...]


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