Coevolution of Science and Religion? (RJS)

The first chapter of Amir D. Aczel’s recent book Why Science Does Not Disprove God gives a brief (very brief!) overview of the development of religion, from the very early fertility representations and cave drawings  tens of thousands of years ago to the emergence of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and the like. He points to the [Read More...]

The God of the Whirlwind (RJS)

Ronald Osborn (Death Before the Fall) finds the cosmic theodicy provided by C. S. Lewis as an effort to think through the problem of death and suffering in creation both thought-provoking and insufficient. The conflict with rebellious non-human powers is almost certainly part of the picture, one with strong biblical basis, but it doesn’t provide [Read More...]

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...]

The Problem of Joshua (RJS)

Lately I’ve been listening once again to the early part of the Old Testament. Genesis √, Exodus √, Leviticus √, Numbers √, Deuteronomy … Ah OK maybe, … Joshua … here the problems really take root. Today I am deep into Judges … Wondering what we are to make of this cycle of events.  Many well [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...]

From Tower Building to Net Mending (RJS)

Ronald E. Osborn wraps up part one of his new book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering with a sketch of a new approach to hard questions of the Christian faith. He uses three different images to cast this vision. First, he suggests that the Supreme Court provides an [Read More...]

The Mighty Mysterious Camel (RJS)

There has been something of a stir around the internet and on the news the last  week or two. It seems that a couple of archaeologists at Tel Aviv University published a paper suggesting that the earliest appearance of the domesticated camel in Israel an environs was ca. 930 BCE (pdf here) (BCE = before [Read More...]

Babel in Ancient Context (RJS)

Standing alongside the garden, Cain and Abel, and the Flood we have a fourth classic Sunday School tale in the early chapters of Genesis, the Tower of Babel (2242 BC according to Bishop Ussher). This is followed within a couple hundred years by Abram’s move from Ur to Haran to the land of Canaan, his [Read More...]

It is a Conundrum Pt. 2 (RJS)

On Tuesday I put up a post It is a Conundrum Pt. 1 that gave my answer to the question “How can you be a Christian?” in part through a survey of “love” passages in the New Testament. The directive to love one another is pervasive throughout the New Testament. My answer to the question [Read More...]

Should Reading the Bible Make One an Atheist? (RJS)

Over the last few weeks I have put up links to a couple of videos placed on YouTube by Big Think. The video of Francis Collins on science and faith has received something like 12,000 views on YouTube, the video of Tim Keller on a literal reading of scripture 15,000. In contrast the following video [Read More...]


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