Creation & Evolution

Was the fall historical?

Will Jones considers the challenges to traditional understandings of the fall in the light of his view that "modern scientific understandings of human origins do not envisage any period when the natural world was not characterised by death or disease of various kinds."

America's Clergy Are Teaming Up With Scientists

"The [American Association for the Advancement of Science] had begun to wrestle with how they could address the country’s intensifying science-religion divide. The non-profit organization had become attuned to the fact that some Christians—and especially evangelicals—often went to religious leaders, instead of scientists, for answers to scientific questions. The society saw an opportunity: Educate future religious leaders in any and all things STEM."

Written by Rebecca Heilwe, this article looks at a program for scientific education among American clergy.

What Australian biology students think of God and evolution

This interesting survey posted by the ABC begins:
 
A long-term study of Australian biology students reveals how attitudes towards creationism and evolution have shifted.
The survey, published in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, was started 32 years ago by Mike Archer at the University of New South Wales.
"I wanted to know what percentage of our incoming university students held a [creationist] view, which in effect meant we were wasting our time trying to teach them about the science of evolution," Professor Archer said.
 

Pre-Modern readings of Genesis 1

To say, “I believe in the Church” is to embrace and live into a reality that precedes us, encompasses us, and continues beyond us. Indeed, if we are to truly be the Church in the present, I believe that it is incumbent on us to listen to those who have gone before us, and recognize that our own “here and now” is not the whole of the Christian story.

Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation? Two ISCAST reviews of this important new book on origins

Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation? is an important new book on the vexed problem of reconciling mainstream evolutionary science with serious theological and biblical interpretation. This book documents an extended discussion between people from two US Christian organisations, one rejecting the mainstream view and one accepting it, resulting in contrasting approaches to early chapters of Genesis. The discussion is moderated by authors from the Southern Baptist Convention.

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