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May 2009 Archives

Human FOXP2 Gene Affects Mice

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have genetically engineered mice with the human version of FOXP2, a gene connected to the development of language.  The result?  The new mice developed more complex nerve cells […]

Crochet, Coral, Mathematics, and Evolution

In this TED Talk, science writer Margaret Wertheim discusses the mathematical patterns of coral reefs and her attempt to recreate them through the art of crochet.  By following a set algorithm, Margaret and her sister were able to recreate the […]

An Introduction to “On the Origin of Species”

Despite its monumental reputation and importance in unifying the life-sciences by popularizing the theory of natural selection, On the Origin of Species rarely finds itself in many summer “to read” piles.  At over 500 pages, Darwin’s famed book is certainly […]

Evolution and the House Cat

Source: sualk61 / Flickr / All Rights Reserved How did the modern domesticated house cat — beloved pet and subject of countless art works, movies, and internet memes — evolve from its more wild brethren?  The June issue of Scientific […]

God or Matter?

posted by kgiberson

The University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne recently objected to the suggestion that humans might actually be a part of God’s creative plan. Like most of the so-called “new atheists,” he denounces the idea that evolution — all by its […]

What is evolution?

With the exciting announcement of the Darwinius massilae fossil this week, evolution has been a popular topic around the internet.  However, a lot of questions and misconceptions about evolution have also surfaced.  Is there any real “proof” for evolution?  Can […]

The Cold, Hard Facts of Science

Source: Celestial Photography / Flickr / All Rights Reserved With science becoming increasingly more capable at explaining both us and our world, what place is left for religion?  After all, as many nonbelievers assert, doesn’t the church continue to exist […]

Sin

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 The destructive power of sin is a painful and constant reminder of the Fall, the breaking of mankind’s […]

The Missing Link?

Source: Public Library of Science journal Could the fossil above, revealed to the public today at a news conference, be the long sought after “missing link” for evolution that some news outlets are claiming?  In actuality, the idea of a […]

A Rational Belief

posted by Darrel Falk

Source: finsbry / Flickr / All Rights reserved My granddaughter Sara is six years old. About six months ago, her mom called to tell me Sara wanted to talk about some theological concepts. She put Sara on the phone, and […]

The Beauty of Bacteria

The complexity of life extends even to the smallest of creatures, including bacteria.  In this TED lecture Bonnie Bassler, a molecular biologist from Princeton, discusses her discovery of quorum sensing — the chemical mechanism by which all bacteria are able […]

Chemist Shows How RNA May Have Formed

Source: National DNA Day / Flickr / All Rights Reserved For 20 years, the question of how nucleotides, the building blocks of both RNA and DNA, could have spontaneously formed during the beginning of our planet has beguiled researchers.  The […]

The Awe-Inspiring Elegance of DNA

The computer animation above shows the replication of DNA.  Despite their undeniable beauty, to some, such images can be a fearful thing.  After all, if life can be broken down to a series of chemicals, messengers, and physical laws, doesn’t […]

What Would Augustine Think of Darwin?

If St. Augustine of Hippo were alive today to read Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, would he consider it the faith destroying work that many evangelical Christians accuse it of being?  In his article “Augustine’s Origin of Species,” Alister […]

Evolution and the Imago Dei

posted by fcollins

Genesis 1:26-27 reads: “Then God said, `Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and […]

The Question of Altruism

Source: sweetcaroline / Flickr / All Rights Reserved Acts of altruism seem to pose a problem to the idea of a strict “survival of the fittest.”  After all, how does a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save others […]

What about Galileo?

Source: http://library.thinkquest.org The Galileo affair, depicted above in a painting by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury, is a favorite example of how science and religion are destined to be in perpetual conflict.  According to the popular retelling, the trial pitted Galileo, the champion […]

The Evolution of the Immune System

Source: National Cancer Institute “We can look high or we can look low in books or in journals, but the result is the same. The scientific literature has no answers to the question of the origin of the immune system.” […]

A Gift of Love

Copyright: Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2) The image above is of Barnard 72, known as the “Snake Nebula” because of the dark snake-like pattern it forms.  The shape comes from a concentration of dust and dark matter that blocks escaping visible […]

Adaptation and Sea Creatures

“How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” – Psalms 104:24 Even in the depths of the ocean, the beauty and function of God’s creation shines through.  Oceanographer […]

The Road Less Traveled

posted by kgiberson

What is the most fascinating question in all of science? My vote goes to the meaning of the so-called “anthropic principle,” and, judging from the traffic to www.biologos.org, the apparent design of the universe intrigues a lot of people. The […]

The Works of Your Hands

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1 The “hand” shown above is created by energy emanating from the nebula around the dying star PSR B1509-58.  […]

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Shiny Scales, Silvery Skins, and Evolution
  Source: Physorg.comIridescence -- a key component of certain makeup, paints, coatings of mirrors and lenses -- is also an important feature in the natural world. Both fish and spiders make use of periodic photonic systems, which scatter or reflect the light that passes against their scales or

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A Stellar Advent Calendar
Looking for a unique way to mark the days of the Advent season? The Web site Boston.com offers an Advent calendar composed of images from the Hubble Telescope, both old and new. Each day, from now until the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, the calendar will offer a beautiful image from the hea

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 09, 2009 | read full post »

Belief, Guidance, and Evolution
Recently BioLogos' Karl Giberson was interviewed by Marcio Campos for the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo's Tubo De Ensaio (i.e. "Test tube") section. What follows is a translated transcript of that interview, which we will be posting in three installments. Here is the first. Campos: Starting o

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 08, 2009 | read full post »

Let's Come at this From a Different Angle
Every Friday, "Science and the Sacred" features an essay from a guest voice in the science and religion dialogue. This week's guest entry was written by Peter Enns. Enns is an evangelical Christian scholar and author of several books and commentaries, including the popular Inspiration and Incarnatio

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 04, 2009 | read full post »


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