While Christian theologians generally believe we are uniquely made in the image of God, few agree on the details of what it is that makes humans unique. The topic is rich and complex, requiring us to consider Scripture, theology and science. In an attempt to do this complexity justice, BioLogos has produced six podcast episodes on the imago Dei which at least provide a good opening to the conversation.
The Standard Model is the fundamental starting place for anyone trying to understand the stuff within God’s creation. Or to quote Kepler, the Standard Model is one of many ways we are now “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”
What started as a joke – what happens when a pastor grabs a beer with a herpetologist? —ended with what could be a Science for the Church newsletter clickbait lede—“Church’s faith and science program inspires former president of student secular society to become a pastor.”
Many people have proposed different theories about the astronomical events that led the Magi to Jesus. While we might not ever definitely know the scientific event itself, there is enough scientific data to support the idea of a God that can use physical phenomena to accomplish his salvific purposes.
We have arrived at the final edition of 2021, which means it’s the time of year for staff picks!
I’ve put together the pieces that the Science for the Church team particularly enjoyed. You may have missed some of these, and that’s something we didn’t want to let happen.
We’ve had this remarkable evening, year after year, on which we come together for a little while to sing songs, to pray in hopes of feeling connected, to hear a story of a little place that comes out big, of a fleeting moment that turns out to be eternal, of an event that seems insignificance in a world of big plans and big ideas and big struggles, but that becomes the beginning of the most potent, meaningful, and world-changing story of all.
We were not left alone to navigate the disagreements between those gifted in recognizing the workings of the Spirit and others inclined toward materialism. God knew there are doubting Thomases among us who need to see, touch, and even be touched.
Wheaton Professor John Walton’s The Lost World of Adam and Eve considers how reading Genesis 2 and 3 with consideration to the culture in which it was written can inform our understanding not only of the scriptural text itself but also how we interact with scientific knowledge about the origins of humans.
In his 2019 book, Joshua Swamidass offers a potential path to bring together both the findings of evolutionary science which point to humans arising as a population and a literal understanding of Adam and Eve as a biological couple specially created by God.
In this 1998 TED Talk, Billy Graham considers both the gifts of technology and the problems that it cannot solve.