11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam.”

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. The debate over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of the evangelical system lead to patterns of responses [Read More…]

finally: why evolution absolutely without question HAS to be true

In the September/October issue of Archaeology, I read what may be the single most important reason for why human evolution simply has to be true! In a ground-breaking article, Zach Zorich–whose name will henceforth be sung in praise by all the faithful–shows that evolution makes baseball possible. Let me repeat: without evolution, there is no baseball. [Read More…]

Christianity, evolution, and Bambi Theology

I just came across a brief but insightful interview at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumencial and Cultural Research. Janet Kragt Bakker interviews Christopher Southgate on the how Christian faith engages theologically the harsh realities of evolutionary theory, namely extinction, suffering, and cruelty in the animal world. Southgate is a biochemist, poet, and Christian theologian. He is [Read More…]

Two recent books on Adam, evolution, and Christianity that I don’t think help at all

Two books on evolution and Christianity have been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now: Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation and Four Views on the Historical Adam. I haven’t been sure what to do with them. The first is the product of a 2011 symposium hosted by the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice. The participants were Dick Averbeck [Read More…]

Evangelicalism and Evolution ARE in conflict (and that’s fine)

This month over at RespectfulConversation.net, as part of their ongoing series on the future of evangelicalism, the topic is evolution and evangelicalism. I posted there some of my own thoughts on the matter. Below is an excerpt. Follow this link to my post and to the entire conversation. Do it now. ….So, I repeat my point: evolution [Read More…]