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Evolution: Meanings & Misconceptions

For many Christians reconciling notions of creation from the Bible with the theory of evolution continues to be troublesome. In order to get our heads straight it helps to have some understanding of what we mean when we say evolution and what it’s proponents say it is not. Justin Taylor summarizes an essay by Stephen Meyer and Michael Newton Keas and lays out six different meanings of the term evolution: Evolution as change over time Evolution as gene frequency change Evolution as limited common descent Evolution as a mechanism that…

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The Curiosity Index (28.04.2015)

When the earth moves and the ground shakes: What the earthquake in Nepal left behind. Tim Chester tells you how to argue with tempation: “The pleasures of sin are real, but pleasing God is much sweeter.” Anthony Le Donne gives some background to summing up the law and the prophets: Summation of the Torah – Hillel and Jesus If you want to win at hangman you need to know the hardest word to guess And this video shows why not everything is easy as riding a bike. Especially riding a bike.

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Very special or very, very lucky

The universe is big. Bigger than you think. Actually much bigger than you can think. Depending on who you talk to, there are somewhere in the region of 200 to 500 sextillion (that’s an extra 21 zeroes right there) planets in the universe’s estimated 500 billion galaxies. That’s a lot. So the odds are, that somewhere out there are other planets that are both habitable and populated with life. Recently NASA chief Ellan Stofan predicted that we’d find signs of alien life in the next 25 years. “It’s definitely not…

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The Curiosity Index (10.02.2015)

I’m going to be regularly mentioning Ukraine. If you get tired of that, think how it must feel if you live there. Here are some images that remind us: this is war. Oscar season is coming up and Nathanael Smith at Think Theology offers his take on the latest round of back-slapping Gavin Ortlund has a good article on what kind of a thing is the Bible? Rowan Williams gives a helpful reminder that the history of Christianity goes East as well as West Talking of the history of Christianity, here is…

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How scientists view creationism

I’ve just reviewed The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is scientifically accurate by Dr Andrew Parker who attempted to reconcile Genesis 1 with the chronology of evolution. As a non-Christian scientist but one open and not hostile to religion he was scathing of what is called ‘creationism’; the literal interpretation of Genesis 1 of a six day creation no more than 10,000 years ago. Of course all Christians believe in God’s creation, that God is the Creator and without Him there would be nothing we’re just no longer united on…

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Book Review: The Genesis Enigma

The Genesis Enigma: Why the Bible is scientifically accurate from 2009 is an intriguing book and is a bold endeavour but unlikely to find many advocates. If you’re a six-day young earth creationist then ‘there’s nothing to see here’. Dr Parker is a staunch advocate of evolution and research leader at the Natural History Museum in London. What’s more interesting is that Dr Parker isn’t a Christian and from evidence in the book is moving from atheist to deist or theist position. However his attempt to reconcile scripture and evolution…

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Is dark matter science’s ‘god of the gaps’?

I can’t quite remember what I read that started this chain of thinking (this maybe), but I found myself doing a little bit of reading about dark matter. And by a little bit of reading I mean the BBC and Wikipedia. So there is the distinct possible that this is all based on thoroughly inadequate or just plain wrong information. It struck me that at present (and of course this may change) dark matter acts for science in a similar way to how atheists say Christians use God in terms…

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Where Genesis and Science agree

I almost always find myself reading Genesis in January and it strikes me that we very often focus on the areas of conflict between contemporary scientific theories and the Book of Genesis and miss out on the very many areas where the two agree. Here are some that I’ve noted: The forming of the universe was almost instantaneous (Gen 1:3 & the split seconds of the Big Bang – whichever theory of it you choose) The earth began formless, empty and mostly watery (Gen 1:2 & history of the earth)…

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