Science and the Sacred

Science and the Sacred

June 2009 Archives

Three Ways to View the Fossil Record

As we continue to study the fossil record, we find a correlation between the age of rock layers and the types of organisms we expect to find.  There is a clear pattern of change in organisms throughout the fossil record […]


In The Bones

posted by Darrel Falk

Source: National Science Foundation Every Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s leaders: Francis Collins, Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s entry was written by Darrel Falk. I am a fan of the […]


The Wonders of the Universe

While this year marks the 400th anniversary of telescope astronomy, humanity has been drawn to gaze upon the vast expanses of the heavens long before we could see to the farthest reaches of our galaxy. For the writer of the […]


Just How Vast is the Cosmos?

Source: Hubble Heriage Team/AURA/STScl/NASA and The Hand of God When we refer to the vastness of the cosmos, exactly how large of a space are we describing? The picture above shows the galaxy NGC 4214, located about 13 million light […]

The Vastness of the Universe

  Source: AURA/NOAO/NSF and The Hand of God This week we have been looking at the beauty of the stars and galaxies of our vast universe, brought to us through the efforts of modern astronomy. However, while the vastness of […]

Fighting Misconceptions With Astronomy

Atlas Image courtesy of 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF. Christopher J. Corbally holds a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the American Astronomical Society.  He is also a Jesuit […]

The Heavens Declare

The image above, provided by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula.  The nebula is located about 166,000 light years away from us.  At its center (upper right in the picture) is a starburst […]

A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart

posted by fcollins

Source: Library of Congress Each Monday, “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of the BioLogos leaders: Francis Collins, Karl Giberson and Darrel Falk. Today’s was written by Dr. Francis Collins. I recently read some published sermons by […]


“Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge? Job 37:15-16 Science has shown us that clouds are visible […]

The Test of Faith

Has science forced God into the margins, or has it merely caused us to reconsider the “God question” in new ways?  Can faith survive the challenge of science, or even find harmony with it?  Test of Faith, an award winning […]

Four New Discoveries Shed Light on Puzzling Origins of Life

While the fact that life on Earth has emerged and flourished is abundantly clear, the mechanisms behind the origin of life still evade scientists.  Where did the proteins and genetic information that have given rise to life originate?  Which came […]

Firing Squads, Fine-Tuning, and the Multiverse

The history of our universe has been a fruitful one indeed, one that has given rise to numerous complicated system and organisms.  What is more astonishing is the precisely tuned physical constants and properties that have allowed such flourishing to […]

Research Team Finds Protein Central to Gene Evolution

Source: National DNA Day / Flickr / All Rights Reserved We have known for sometime that parents pass physical and behavioral traits through their genes to their children, but the exact physical explanation for why certain genes are chosen over […]

Saving Faith

posted by kgiberson

The popular organization Answers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham, warns that BioLogos and like-minded organizations are “destructive to biblical authority and are leading so many people astray.” I believe, rather, that anti-evolution arguments like these from Ham and other […]

Learning from God’s Works

God has provided us with two books: the book of God’s Word and the book of God’s works.  While we can learn much from studying God’s Word, we must remember that we can also learn from God’s works.  In this […]

A Crash Course in Evolution

While the process of evolution has taken billions of years to unfold, this video shows its basic principles can be explained in about two minutes.  In those two minutes, the video outlines the three basic mechanisms of evolution — mutation, […]

Evolution and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

“In a system, a process that occurs will tend to increase the total entropy of the universe.” How, then, can evolution claim that the complexity of species is increasing?  Doesn’t this movement towards order violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics? […]

The Acid of Evolution?

“Darwin’s idea eats through just about every traditional concept, and leaves in its wake a revolutionized worldview,”  writes philosopher Daniel Dennett on the potentially faith-shattering power of evolution.  Athiests claims that accepting the theory of evolution destroys the idea that […]

Our Genetic Photo Albums

Source: san.stephens2 / Flickr / All Rights Reserved Descent from common ancestral species is a cardinal principal of biological evolution, but where do we find the evidence to support such a claim?  In his book Coming to Peace with Science, […]

Evidence for Evolution in the Mouths of Birds

posted by Darrel Falk

Source: Flickr / Navena / All Rights Reserved A friend tells me the most important task for Science and the Sacred is to present evidence of evolution in ways people without a biology background can understand. A year ago, this […]

Does Science Have Room For Miracles?

If we accept a scientific view of the world in which fixed physical laws hold true, how can we believe in miracles?  After all, miracles are a suspension or interruption of these laws by God.  For example, is there a […]

Creation and Jazz Music

Source: Robert Runyon / Public Domain The classic view of creation is that God crafted all life by hand exactly as it is today.  In such a view, God takes the role of a master artisan or director who assembled […]

Biodiversity on a Microscopic Scale

Source: National Institutes of Health Looking for an example of how environment affects the evolution of a species?  Look no further than your own forearm.  A study by Dr. Julia A. Segre and her team from the National Human Genome Research […]

Religious Views on Evolution

While many talk about a general conflict between religion and evolution, the truth is that the acceptance of the theory varies greatly among religions and even denominations.  The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey”, published […]

Galileo and the Holy Inquisition

Source: Mohammed Al-Naser / All Rights Reserved This year marks the 400th anniversary of telescope astronomy, first begun by Galileo’s observations of the night sky and the publication of his treatise Sidereus Nuncius in 1610.  Few realize, however, that Galileo’s […]

Creating a Community to Explore the Harmony of Science and Faith

posted by fcollins

Today would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. At her memorial service last year, family and friends sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” The verses powerfully captured the loss I felt as a grieving son, but the chorus offered reassurance: […]

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Science & the Sacred is moving to our new home on The BioLogos Foundation's Web site. Be sure to visit and bookmark our new location to stay up to date with the latest blogs from Karl Giberson, Darrel Falk, Pete Enns, and our various guests ...

posted 8:00:00am Dec. 11, 2009 | read full post »

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 ...

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

A Stellar Advent Calendar
Looking for a unique way to mark the days of the Advent season? The Web site 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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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