Evolution’s Place? 2 (RJS)

Today I start in earnest a series focused on Simon Conway Morris’s book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe. This book is an exploration of the evidence for evolutionary convergence – the idea that there are islands of stability and that evolution will identify these islands. Conway Morris is  Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology [Read More...]

Genesis One 8

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 8 of Walton’s book, and one that can reorient everything one sees in Genesis 1: The cosmos is a temple. The ancient near east creation narratives drew [Read More...]

Genesis One 7

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Each chp in Walton’s book is a “proposition” and today we look at Proposition 7: divine rest is in a temple. Question: What do you think of Walton’s [Read More...]

Genesis One 6

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Proposition 6: Days 4 to 6 install functionaries. “… in most cases the functionaries simply carry out their own functions in the spheres delineated in the first three [Read More...]

Evolution’s Place? 1 (RJS)

What place can evolution have in a world created by a personal God? The Darwinian paradigm of random mutation and natural selection seems to suggest that the development of life in the universe and sentient beings on our planet is a process dependent upon highly contingent improbable events.  We are a product of blind cosmic [Read More...]

Genesis One 5

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. What about Day 1 to Day 3 in Genesis 1? Is this about materiality or about functionality? Walton argues that these three days show the viability of his [Read More...]

Missional Campus Ministry 1 (RJS)

Yet another academic year approaches – yet another set of fresh new faces on campus. As we approach a the start of term I would like to renew the conversation on campus ministry we began last spring (You can find my initial salvo here). As many here know I am a professor, at a large [Read More...]

Genesis One 4

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. One reason why this book will be read, digested, and influential is because Walton chose to take one theme per chapter, keep his chps short, and make the [Read More...]

Genesis One 3

We are in a conversation and discussion about John Walton’s (professor at Wheaton) new book, The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. (By the way, if you’d like a wonderful and God-shaped exposition of Genesis 1-3, I suggest the brand new book by Marva Dawn called In the Beginning, God: [Read More...]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 10 (RJS)

We finish off this series on Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology with a brief look at his conclusions, tying his major themes together. First a reiteration of what a robust natural theology is not (according to McGrath at least): According to McGrath the interplay between science [Read More...]


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