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...]

What do we lose?, Jack asks us

Jack Levison, at HuffPo, asks what we lose when we become obsessed with the creation/evolution debate. No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible [Read More...]

Ham, Nye and BioLogos

BioLogos, yesterday, posted responses to the Nye-Ham debate about evolution and creation. Here is BioLogos President Deb Haarsma’s concluding response: While the debate pitted two extreme positions against one another, I was glad to hear references to other options. Bill Nye repeatedly pointed out that many religious people, including Christians, accept the evidence for evolution [Read More...]

Was It Wasted Time? (RJS)

My son celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday … quite the milestone. Wow! It has been a lifetime of development, growth, and learning. Life is always a process. To him the picture to the right was a lifetime ago, yet to me it seems like yesterday. This led me to think about a post I wrote [Read More...]

Most Americans Are Fine With Evolution (RJS)

 Most White Evangelicals Are Not. The Pew Research Center recently released the results of a poll on views of human evolution in the US. The poll reports that 60% of adults in the US believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time, 33% believe that humans and other living things have existed [Read More...]

Neither Gods Nor Beasts (RJS)

Faith-based biology is not limited to conservative Christians and other theists. Neither is appreciation of the powers of science limited to atheists and agnostics. Recently I read a short book Neither Gods Nor Beasts by Elof Axel Carlson. Carlson is a geneticist who taught biology for decades at UCLA and at Stony Brook. He calls [Read More...]

Reason, Revelation, and Relationship (RJS)

Science, especially in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, is changing the way we in western culture view human beings, human nature, and the human experience. Some claim that this may prove a much more serious challenge to Christian faith than the science surrounding the age of the earth or evolution and common [Read More...]

All About Adam (RJS)

From The Economist All About Adam commenting on the ETS session at Baltimore (HT R): A trickier controversy has been triggered by findings from the genome that modern humans, in their genetic diversity, cannot be descended from a single pair of individuals. Rather, there were at least several thousand “first humans”. That challenges the historical [Read More...]

Super-Speed Evolution from AiG (RJS)

My post earlier today dealt with the Tower of Babel and some of the problems introduced by a literal reading of this story. The story of Noah and the flood is another story where a literal reading requires some rather interesting contortions.  Natural Historian had an interesting post on this topic last week: Invoking Super-Speed [Read More...]

The Power of Ideas (RJS)

The nature of human beings, what it means to be human, extends beyond mere material physicality. There are two profound ways in which this is true.  (1) We develop as individuals, but we do so in communities. We are human corporately, not simply as individuals.  A bottom up approach just doesn’t work. Humans are social [Read More...]