June 21, 2018

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Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 5- Israel’s Bible

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Chapter 5- Israel’s Bible Polkinghorne begins this chapter by noting that even though he believes that parts of the Old Testament convey deep truth in the form of symbolic story that in other parts God chose to reveal the divine nature through a particular […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 4- Ambiguity

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Chapter 4- Ambiguity The tapestry of life is not coloured in simple black and white, representing an unambiguous choice between the unequivocally bad and unequivocally good.  The ambiguity of human deeds and desires means that life includes many shades of grey.  What is true […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 3- Creation and Fall

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Chapter 3- Creation and Fall What is the genre of the opening chapters of Genesis?  What type of literature is it?  Even the most convinced young earth creationist admits that the Psalms are not to be taken “literally”; that figurative language and the language […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Chapter 2- Development

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Chapter 2- Development In the Anglican lectionary, the reading for the sixth chapter of Joshua ends at verse 20, the triumphal entry of the Israelite army into the city, and omits the verse that follows.  That verse states, “Then they devoted to destruction by […]

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible- by John Polkinghorne, Introduction and Chapter 1- Scripture

Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible – by John Polkinghorne Introduction and Chapter 1- Scripture We are going to blog through the book: “Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible” by John Polkinghorne.  John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is internationally known as both a physicist and a priest. He served as president of Queens’ College, […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 9- Let the Students Speak!

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 9- Let the Students Speak! By Denis O. Lamoureux NOTE TO READERS: Denis has contacted me and proposes to hold a discussion session via Adobe Connect, which will be free to all interested Imonkers.  It’s a great opportunity to interact with the author of this book personally, and […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 8- The Religious Evolution of Darwin

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 8- The Religious Evolution of Darwin By Denis O. Lamoureux In this chapter Denis strives to rehabilitate Darwin’s popular image as the atheist of atheists.  After all, Richard Dawkins has famously noted that while it had always been possible to reject theology, “Darwin made it possible to be […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 7- Galileo and God’s Two Books

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 7: Galileo and God’s Two Books By Denis O. Lamoureux The story of the Galileo affair has become the primary symbol of the popular understanding of the relationship between science and religion, known as the “conflict” or “warfare” model.  The picture is of ignorant, superstitious religious leaders armed […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 6- Moving Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 6- Moving Beyond the Evolution vs. Creation Debate By Denis O. Lamoureux In this chapter Denis asserts that there are at least five basic positions on the origin of the universe and life.  So we don’t have to be locked into only two positions and “either-or” thinking.  They […]

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes!  Chapter 5- Ancient Science and the Book of God’s Words

Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! Chapter 5- Ancient Science and the Book of God’s Words By Denis O. Lamoureux Like Denis, when other Evangelicals find out I am an evolutionist and a Christian they immediately want to challenge me by asking: “If evolution is true, then where in the Bible does it say that […]