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Science and the Sacred

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July 2009 Archives

Breathing at 30,000 Feet

Migration can often be a long and difficult journey for animals.  For the bar-headed goose, migration often entails flights over the highest mountains in the world: the Himalayas. Bar-headed geese have been observed flying at altitudes as high as 30,000 […]

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The New Old Flood Geology

In 1923, self-taught geologist and amateur scientist George McCready Price published his work The New Geology.  A vocal opponent of evolutionary theory and an advocate of young earth creationism, Price dedicated much of his book to bringing down the “geological […]

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The Mystery of the Soul

“You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.” – Walter M. Miller, Jr.A Canticle for Leibowitz What exactly is a soul? Is it a physical entity? Can it be separated from the body? […]

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An Intellectual Sun

Source: mangtacio / Flickr / All Rights Reserved “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis Professor Alister McGrath […]

A Call for Peace in the Science/Faith Battle

Normally each Monday “Science and the Sacred” features an essay from one of The BioLogos Foundation’s leaders. However, this week we welcome a special entry from guest contributors Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. It is one of the oldest conflicts, […]

The Evolution of Skin Color

In this TED lecture, Nina Jablonski — scientist, primatologist, and author of Skin: A Natural History — discusses the evolution of human skin color in response to varying levels of UV exposure in different geographical environments.  Inhabitants of equatorial areas, […]

It’s Good to be Different

Variation among a species plays an important part in their evolution. The appearance of beneficial physical traits through genetic mutation drives species to evolve over time, as the best suited traits are passed on to future generations. However, not every […]

A Dangerous Book?

Biologoist Ken Miller recalls first reading Darwin’s famous work The Origin of the Species during the summer after high school.  Despite it’s revolutionary ideas about biology, Miller found the book fascinating for a completely different reason: “The truth is during […]

Natural Selection: The Video Game

Ever wanted to try your hand at establishing a viable evolutionary lineage?  If so, the Science Channel has the perfect opportunity.  The free game, “Who Wants to Live a Million Years?”, allows players to help a species survive a changing […]

More Than a Houdini

“The God of my early religious training pulled off tricks that are not beyond the powers of any competent conjuror; Harry Houdini or David Copperfield could turn a stick into a serpent or water into wine without batting an eye.  […]

Different Types of Origins Stories

posted by Darrel Falk

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. We all love origins-stories — be it stories about our […]

Traces of our Evolutionary Past

Are wisdom teeth good for anything other than a trip to the dentist’s office?  Why do we have an appendix anyway?  Why do we have a third eyelid?  Today, these body parts seem to serve no purpose.  But this doesn’t […]

Science and Religion at The Darwin Festival

The Darwin Festival in Cambridge, held from July 6 – July 10, marked the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his publication of Origin of Species.  Though the event was not meant to be a science-and-religion […]

Passing on the Burden

For many evangelicals, the conflict between science and religion seems unavoidable.  After all, with a literalist interpretation, certain aspects of the Bible seem to clash with the facts of modern science.  Indeed, while embracing the harmony between science and faith […]

New Study Catches Speciation in Action

Though an extremely important part of evolutionary theory, speciation has been notoriously difficult for scientists to observe in action.  However, a new study published in the August issue of the American Naturalist has found that a single genetic change has […]

Not Chaos, But Cosmos

What is the proper relationship between science and religion?  Why is the universe so seemingly ordered and comprehensible?  What can account for the suffering in the world?  Is the universe finite or infinite? These are just some of the questions […]

Blessed is the Peacemaker

posted by kgiberson

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 Karl Giberson. The news these days — especially in the BioLogos part […]

The Same Life

The seas teem with countless beautiful and wonderful creatures, from the silvery schools of fish that dart through the waters and the mysterious jellyfish who float silently through the deep, to the forest of brightly colored coral that provide a […]

In the Cathedral and In the Laboratory

As our technology continues to increase and science continues to play an important part in our modern lives, the battle between science and religion seems to keep escalating.  On one side are those who claim that religion is merely outmoded […]

Fire Starters

Source: US Department of Agriculture Plants that have evolved to spread wildfire? The idea seems to go against what we’d consider “survival of the fittest”. It’s no mystery that areas prone to fire encourage evolutionary adaptations in native plants.  After […]

A Tale of Two Papers

Source: joguldi / Flickr / All Rights Reserved Kenneth Miller, a biology professor at Brown University, tells a story of catching two students plagiarizing.  It seemed quite clear that the two students had submitted the same papers, but the two […]

The Things of Earth

Source: BaylorBear78 / Flickr The hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” assures us that as we look closer into the wonderful face of Jesus, the things of this earth “will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and […]

Word Games

posted by kgiberson

Source: zamburak / Flickr / All Rights Reserved 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 Karl Giberson. Have you […]

Life

“More appropriate, I should think, is the view that God created the universe out of an interest in spontaneous creativity… What would such a universe be like?  Well, it would for one thing be impossible to predict in detail.  And […]

Calling All Ants

Source: binux / Flickr / All Rights Reserved As a boy, Sir John Lubbock helped none other than Charles Darwin, his next-door neighbor, to perform experiments.  As an adult, Sir John conducted biological experiments of his own.  In the 1870s, […]

Can God and Darwin Co-Exist?

A recent survey conducted by the British Council and marketing research company Ipsos MORI looked at the reactions of 10,000 individuals from ten different countries to Darwin and his theory of evolution.  Among the questions the team asked were whether […]

Fireflies: Natural Selection in Action

Many of us are familiar with the glow of fireflies that fills the air during the summer months.  However, those pulses are more than just a pretty light show.  They are the product of a complex pattern of natural selection, […]

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We're Moving
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 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, ...

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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