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...]

Genesis One 2

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 does it mean when we say “create”? John Walton argues that the standard view today is a “material ontology.” For us, to “create” means to bring something [Read More...]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 9 (RJS)

Chapter 15 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology is entitled “An Emergent Creation and Natural Theology.” This chapter presents some rather interesting ideas. First McGrath returns to Augustine – not to his cosmology or science, but to his view of God’s creative power.  According to Augustine [Read More...]

Genesis One 1

We at the Jesus Creed blog, both Scot and RJS, have already invited one and all to enter into 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. Today is our first day. We anticipate 18 posts, one for each [Read More...]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 8 (RJS)

Chapter 14 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology deals with the question of teleology and directionality in evolution. The neo-Darwinian paradigm, (that popularized by Richard Dawkins for example), is that evolution is an undirected, highly contingent, random process.  Evolution simply operates to preserve the replication of [Read More...]

Why Us? (RJS)

There is a new book out Why Us?: How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James LeFanu (HT TG).  I have not read this book (yet anyway) – but it has received a fair bit of attention lately. It was also cited by AN Wilson in the interview Scot linked to in Weekly Meanderings [Read More...]

A Fine Tuned Universe? 7 (RJS)

Is there evidence for design in biology? Or for that matter, what would constitute evidence of fine-tuning in biology? This is the next question arising as we continue on with Chapter 13 of Alister McGrath’s book A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology: If there is any question guaranteed to excite [Read More...]


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