A Threshold Issue in Evolutionary Theory

Perhaps you were taught what I was taught. There is such a process called microevolution but there is no such process called macroevolution. That is, within a species there is variation and change but there is no evolution of one species to another. I learned this — or something like it. A threshold issue in evolutionary theory is speciation. That [Read More…]

Understanding Evolution: In 24 Hours!

What does the word “evolution” actually mean? Does it mean a godless philosophy (for some, yes) or progress socially in the world (for some, yes). What does it mean in the scientific community? Denis Alexander, in Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?, answers this question in a lengthy, informed (and challenging for me) chapter [Read More…]

Gould, Bryan, and the Importance of NOMA (RJS)

Actually a better title for this post might be A Shocker! … Gould Defends Bryan. Today William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925, image source) is best known for his role in the (in)famous 1925 Scopes trial in Dayton TN. Stephen Jay Gould devotes much of a chapter in his book Rocks of Ages to Bryan. Gould does [Read More…]

Materialism Isn’t Enough (RJS)

The next two interviews in Science and Religion: 5 Questions are with William Lane Craig and William Dembski, both Christian philosophers. (See the post 5 Questions … And Some Answers for the questions posed in this book). William Lane Craig is trained in Philosophy (Ph.D. University of Birmingham) and Theology (D. Theol. University of Munich), while [Read More…]

Does the Bible Contain Science?

The question — Does the Bible contain science? — is one of the more penetrating question one can ask when the debate about creation vs. evolution arises. The irony is that many of the most conservative of Christians absolutely know and fight for the Bible containing science while the most naturalists of scientists contend the very [Read More…]

The Original American Creation-Evolution Debate

When it comes to evolution vs. creation, American history story-telling focuses on none other than William Jennings Bryan and the famous Scopes trial in Dayton, TN. But the first major evolution vs. creation debate occurred in the South, it was almost entirely confined to Southern Presbyterians, and it was one string in a cultural knot: [Read More…]

Community Matters (RJS)

Jonathan Hill, an assistant professor of sociology at Calvin College, recently released the results of a National Study of Religion & Human Origins.  This study was funded by the Evolution and Christian Faith grants program at BioLogos and you can find a link to the full report with a summary of the major findings in [Read More…]

Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?

Some say Yes and some say No. Strident voices are heard on both sides. Strident-voice-folks often have small ears. For those with ears, the question in the title to this post is a real one. No one today has written more fairly about this topic than Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for [Read More…]

What Is Religion Anyway? (RJS)

The first three interviews in Science and Religion: 5 Questions are with fairly outspoken skeptics of religion (something of a coincidence as the order is strictly alphabetical) – Simon Blackburn, Susan Blackmore, and Sean Carroll. The views they put forth are worth some consideration as these questions and concerns are raised by many others in [Read More…]

5 Questions … and Some Answers (RJS)

I picked up an interesting and somewhat unusual new book recently, Science and Religion: 5 Questions. The editor, Gregg D. Caruso, posed five questions on science and religion to thirty three different authors and scholars covering a broad range of viewpoints. Respondents include Daniel C. Dennett, Michael Shermer, William Dembski, John Polkinghorne, and Rabbi David [Read More…]