December 18, 2014

How I Became a … Theistic-Evolutionist

Over the next few Fridays I will be bringing you a series entitled “How I Became a…” They will give an insight into some of the views that I hold, and how I arrived at those views. We will begin the series with “How I Became a… Theistic-Evolutionist.” Despite my Evangelical upbringing I have always […]

Thoughts on Faith and Doubt (while camping)

This week I started planning my yearly camping trip. Every year, at the end of August, I gather together family and friends and we depart on a wilderness canoe trip. I have been trekking into this one particular lake since I was three years old. Here are some memories from a previous year’s adventure: The […]

John Walton’s Excellent Take on the Debate

Note from CM: From where I sit, the best response I’ve read to the Ham vs. Nye debate earlier this week was at Biologos: Ham on Nye: Our Take. Various BioLogos contributors give their reflections, but the one I appreciate most is that of OT scholar John Walton. I appreciate his perspective because for me, […]

Bad Idea. Very Bad Idea. Horrendously Bad Idea.

This is one of the worst ideas I have heard in a long while. Creationist spokesman Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye, science educator from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on the subject “Is creation a viable model of origins?” at the Creation Museum on February 4. This is a bad idea from both the […]

Current Clergy Views on Origins

From BioLogos: What do today’s pastors think about science?   What views do they hold on creation and evolution and how strongly do they hold them?   How do origins issues impact their ministries? These were just a few of the questions that motivated us at BioLogos to commission a survey of pastors on origins. […]

Pete Enns: The scientific consensus is not something to “have faith in”

I like what Peter Enns wrote the other day. He points out that creationists badly miss the point when arguing against the scientific consensus about the evolutionary model. They frame the question as “Do you believe in science, or do you believe in the Bible?” as though they were equal options in the same epistemological […]

Updates on the Creation Wars

1. The Disney-ization of Christianity continues apace. Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, famous for Pastor John Hagee and his over-the-top dioramic teaching on prophecy and the End Times, is about to treat us with a 28,400 square foot building portraying Noah’s Ark, complete with “true-to-size animatronics animals…to underscore the Bible’s authenticity.” Here’s the promotional poster on […]

Pete Enns on Mistakes in the Adam/Evolution Discussion

Note from CM: We have asked Dr. Peter Enns before for permission to rerun his writing, and I’m tempted to do it a lot. Enns has received enormous attention from a wide audience for what he has to say about Biblical interpretation and the faith/science debate. That’s because he is courageous and clear-thinking, and frankly, […]

D.A. Carson on Genesis 1-2 and Science

One of the teachers I respect most in the Church is Dr. D.A. Carson from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Don was one of my primary NT professors when I was in seminary and he spoke at my installation service when I became pastor of a church in Waukegan, IL. One of my most satisfying moments […]

A Truth so Deep that Only Story can Convey It

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part three Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Any discussion on the relationship of science and Scripture must deal with the Bible’s first chapters and their accounts of origins. John Polkinghorne, an Anglican priest who is also a renowned physicist, gives his […]