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...]

No Miracles Allowed? (RJS)

I’ve been reading Stephen Jay Gould’s short book Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life in which he outlines the concept of non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA), an important concept in the discussion of science and Christian faith. In Chapter 2 Gould provides two examples illustrating the idea of NOMA and the compatibility [Read More...]

NOMA and Rocks of Ages (RJS)

A topic that comes up often in the discussion of science and religion is Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of non-overlapping magisteria or NOMA. I’ve read many papers and books that refer to this principle – sometimes agreeing, more often  disagreeing significantly from both sides. There are those who disagree with the concept, wanting to put [Read More...]

Coming Soon … “The Talk”? (RJS)

How do we prepare our people, young and old, for “The Talk”? There was an interesting opinion piece in the NY Times a week ago. David Barash, an evolutionary biologist and psychology professor at the University of Washington described how he gives “The Talk” to his undergraduate biology students: God, Darwin and My College Biology [Read More...]

Dealing With Darwin (RJS)

Often times we forget the importance of place and time on the way ideas are received and processed. David Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen’s University, Belfast makes it his business to study the relationship between the way ideas are received and developed as a function of place.  One of the (many) [Read More...]