October 20, 2017

Update: Ben’s Creation Class

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: Not long ago, iMonk community member Ben S. solicited our advice about teaching a class on creation to a group of young people. He promised us a report, and here it is. You guys rock! Firstly, I’d like to say that I was overwhelmed (but not surprised) by the quantity and […]

Open Mic: Teaching about Creation

By Chaplain Mike Internet Monk reader Ben sent in the following question, asking for counsel from our IM community. Dear Chaplain Mike, On Friday, I’ve got 30 minutes to talk to a group of 11-13 year-olds about ‘creation and evolution’. They haven’t studied anything about either at school, and in the context of the church […]

Our Digital Life: Perils & Possibilities

By Chaplain Mike In our discussions about catechetical teaching this week, issues were raised with respect to this age of digital communication in which we now live. Greg, for example, commented, “…we are facing not just illiteracy, but an epistemology shift. Not only is generation next learning in different ways, it seems they flat do […]

Relating to Science, Our Neighbor

By Chaplain Mike Christianity Today’s top ten list of news stories from 2010 included one that prompted a lot of discussion here on Internet Monk: 8. Prominent Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke resigns from Reformed Theological Seminary under pressure amid debate on the historicity of Adam. “If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution,” […]

What Would That Say about God?

By Chaplain Mike If an evolutionary model should turn out to best explain the way the universe works from a scientific perspective, what would that tell us about God? How would our view of God change? What would we have to adjust in our thinking about who he is and how he works? These are […]

Guest Post — Science and Faith Issues: A Personal Testimony and a Plea for Perspective

Update: Sorry, while I was away today, we received some spam that appeared in the comments. I have deleted these and related comments. CM. Note from CM: Earlier this year, I was involved in a discussion about Genesis and creation issues on a site where my views were most certainly not welcome. I kept noticing […]

A Conference for You!

By Chaplain Mike We don’t normally advertise conferences around here, but I came across one recently that made me think, “Now there’s a conference I’d like to sit in on.” It’s called: “Galileo Was Wrong, The Church Was Right—The First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism.” It will be held right here in the great state […]

Brueggemann on the Genre of Gen 1-11

Here is another thought-provoking quote, giving the reader of Genesis 1-11 something to consider when approaching the text. This comes from Walter Brueggemann’s fine commentary on Genesis in the Interpretation series (Genesis: Interpretation: a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching). Comment needs to be made on the matter of creation, world-beginnings and attempts to correlate […]

It Don’t Mean a Thing without that Historical Ring?

By Chaplain Mike In addition to issues of interpretation with regard to Genesis 1 and the portrayal of creation it gives, (which have been covered in detail here in previous posts—check the archives), Young Earth Creationists insist that only their literal view of the Adam and Eve story in Genesis 2-3 is consistent with an […]

iMonk Classic: Niki Made Her Choice and, Apparently, So Did We

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 4, 2009 A year ago, this Michael Spencer piece really got people talking. FIRST: Read “Evangelicals and Science” at Tim Stafford’s blog. SECOND: Niki is fictionalized, but not much. I am hoping this post will make one point: the Gospel combined with anything- a view of […]