Monthly Archives: December 2013

Neither Gods Nor Beasts

Faith-based biology is not limited to conservative Christians and other theists. Neither is appreciation of the powers of science limited to atheists and agnostics. Recently I read a short book Neither Gods Nor Beasts by Elof Axel Carlson. Carlson is … Continue reading

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The Greatest Drama Ever Staged

On Christmas Eve (day) I posted a reflection from one of Dorothy Sayers’ essays in Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World  also available under the title The Whimsical Christian: 18 Essays. This is a volume well worth coming back to … Continue reading

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Story and History

The book of essays by Dorothy Sayers Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World reprinted as The Whimsical Christian contains an essay entitled “A Vote of Thanks to Cyrus.” In this essay Sayers reflects on the way we classify different kinds … Continue reading

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Why Would a Scientist Believe a Virgin Gave Birth?

Most Christians have a deep appreciation for the scriptures, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Many of our disagreements, especially the most heated discussions of science and faith arise because we respect and wrestle with scripture as inspired … Continue reading

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Christian Education and The Questions of Origins

Earlier this year Scot posted on several chapters in a new book Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation. (Those interested can find them here.) Today I’d like to consider another of the chapters in this book – Teaching Genesis 1 … Continue reading

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Both Body and Soul

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Mt. 10:28  The Greek word ψυχὴν, psyche, translated soul in … Continue reading

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Reason, Revelation, and Relationship

Science, especially in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, is changing the way we in western culture view human beings, human nature, and the human experience. Some claim that this may prove a much more serious challenge to … Continue reading

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Super-Speed Evolution from AiG

My post earlier today dealt with the Tower of Babel and some of the problems introduced by a literal reading of this story. The story of Noah and the flood is another story where a literal reading requires some rather … Continue reading

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Babel in Ancient Context

Standing alongside the garden, Cain and Abel, and the Flood we have a fourth classic Sunday School tale in the early chapters of Genesis, the Tower of Babel (2242 BC according to Bishop Ussher). This is followed within a couple … Continue reading

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The Power of Ideas

The nature of human beings, what it means to be human, extends beyond mere material physicality. There are two profound ways in which this is true. (1) We develop as individuals, but we do so in communities. We are human … Continue reading

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