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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 […]

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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 […]

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Shiny Scales, Silvery Skins, and Evolution

  Source: Physorg.com Iridescence — 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 […]

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The Drama of Life

Often in discussions of science and religion, creation is viewed in terms of design. Some view the complex design on the natural world as proof of an intelligent creator. Others, however, claim that flaws in nature show that a divine […]

Are Creationism and Intelligent Design Movements?

Despite the existence of organizations like Answers in Genesis and The Discovery Institute, should creationism or intelligent design be called unified movements? In their study Doubting Darwin: Creationism and Evolution Scepticism, public theology Theos sought to test this assumption. Their […]

Layers of a Bubble

As I drank my coffee and munched on my toast I felt a little lonely as I adjusted to this new person sitting across from me. She was bitter. The Church, she felt, had lied to her. Having purposely distorted […]

Thanksgiving

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2 “The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His […]

Exploring the Truths of Scripture and the Truths of Nature

Two week agos, Darrel Falk discussed the sense of community and fellowship he felt at our November workshop “In Search of a Theology of Celebration”, in which pastors, theologians, scientists, and other scholars gathered to discuss the important issues surrounding […]

Evangelicals, Creation, and Scripture: An Overview

In the first posted white paper from our November workshop “In Search of a Theology of Celebration”, theologian Bruce Waltke presents eleven barriers for accepting creation through evolutionary means, as identified by evangelicals. Now in the second of the seven […]

On Ray Comfort’s “On the Origin of Species”

Though originally scheduled to take place today, volunteers gathered yesterday on college campuses across the United States to distribute free copies of Darwin’s seminal work On the Origin of Species. The volumes included one extra item not found in the […]

Songs and Speciation

(Image courtesy of Wired.com) How many times have you heard someone ask the question: “Have scientists ever actually observed the formation of a new species?” Our standard answer is that speciation is an event that occurs over thousands of years, […]

Barriers to Accepting Creation by an Evolutionary Process

In yesterday’s post, Darrel Falk discussed BioLogos’ November gathering “In Search of Theology of Celebration” and mentioned briefly the white papers that formed the basis for the three-day event’s discussion of issues — like the history of evangelicalism’s conflict between […]

More Than a Question of Numbers

Imagine your neighbor told you that the moon, rather than being 240,000 miles, was merely a quarter mile — a handful of city blocks — away from the earth. Or imagine attending an event with 10,000,000 other people, only to […]

Real Science. Real Faith.

Real Science. Real Faith. – Click here for more amazing videos Does science lead to a loss of faith in God or can a real scientist have real faith? The above video looks at the examples of several renowned scientists […]

Friends or Foes?

A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life takes a look at what it calls the seemingly “paradoxical” relationship between science and religion. According to the report, many surveys show that Americans respect science […]

Sense, Reason and Intellect

When I consider your heavens,        the work of your fingers,        the moon and the stars,        which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,        the son of man that you […]

One Body

“God does not call us to a life of studying science — he calls us to a life of following in Christ’s footsteps. Hence we must be patient with each other to follow truth as we see it in Scripture. […]

Some Cold Weather Reading

For some of us, the shortening daylight hours and colder weather means more time to curl up with a good book in the evenings. For those looking for new books to read during the fall and winter months, BioLogos offers […]

A Library

“The Bible is not a book but a library, with various types of writing in it. There is much history, but there are also symbolic stories that convey truths so deep that only a story form could convey them. (That […]

Paley and Kingsley

In his work Natural Theology, philosopher William Paley proposed his famous “watchmaker” argument for the existence to God. According to Paley, just as the intricate design of a watch implies a designer, so too the intricate design of the universe […]

Finding Harmony

Many evangelicals do not seriously deal with evolution until their post-secondary education.  For some, coming face to face with the evidence for evolution can be a threatening and faith-shaking experience. For others, finding harmony between faith and evolution is natural […]

An Artist or An Engineer?

The problem of imperfect design in nature raises serious concerns for the idea of God as the divine engineer, the metaphor put forward by those associated with the Intelligent Design movement. After all, if God designed each detail in the […]

Darwin, Laplace, and “God of the Gaps” Reasoning

To some, Darwin’s theory of evolution has atheistic implications and seems like an attack against the divine power of God to create the universe. Certainly, Darwin’s theory does offer a natural explanation for how highly complex systems in biology seem […]

Evolution in an Erlenmeyer Flask

Twenty-one years and 40,000 generations later, an experiment looking at the evolution of a population of single-celled E. coli bacteria has finally reached its conclusion. The results “beautifully emphasize the succession of mutational events that allowed these organisms to climb […]

Astronomy and Faith

“Our explorations have produced a vast archive of remarkable astronomical images… The riches are too many for choices, the revelations beautiful and dreadful. Who can look at these images and not be transformed? The heavens declare God’s glory.” -Chet Raymo, […]

Astronomy and the Vatican

When many people hear the words “astronomy” and “the Vatican”, they are reminded of the infamous trial of Galileo, who was forced to recant his championing of the Copernican model and the belief that the earth revolved around the sun. […]

Optical Illusions and the Evolution of Sight

In this video, Beau Lotto, founder of art studio and science lab Lottolabs, offers a fun look at optical illusions and how they reflect the evolution of our ability to see. Our vision, argues Lotto, does not show the world […]

An Active Creator and a Cooperating Creation

“The picture I want of God’s relationship with the world is one of continuing interaction, not occasional intervention; poking with the divine finger when things go wrong. I believe that God interacts with the world, but doesn’t overrule the freedom […]

Helping the Teachers

On Monday, Darrel Falk addressed the need to teach children both respect for the Bible and an understanding of science.  He called for concerned Christians to begin developing a curriculum that embraces the harmony of Christian faith and science. In […]

The Deep Aesthetic of Nature

We have all experienced, in one form or another, the beauty and awe of the natural world around us. Whether it be standing amongst a field of wildflowers, gazing down from atop a mountain, or pausing to listen to the […]

BioLogos.org Introduces Collection of Leading Figures

The BioLogos position sits between two extremes: those who insist modern science is the only source of truth and knowledge on the left, and those who insist on an ultraliteral reading of the Bible as the only source of truth […]

“Creation”

Just when it seemed that the Darwin biopic Creation, which hit theaters last weekend in the UK, would never see daylight in the United States, a distributor has stepped forward. Newmarket Films, the same company that distributed The Passion of […]

The Gift of Thought

“The heavens speak of the Creator’s glory and the sky proclaims God’s handiwork.” -Psalms 19:2 “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” -Psalms 104:24 According to a […]

Newly Discovered Genetic Link Sheds Light on Evolution of the Four Chamber Heart

The four chambered heart is essential to the existence of warm-blooded animals. The division of the heart into two atriums and two ventricles allows the heart to completely separate the flow of blood to the lungs and the rest of […]

Making Sense of the Natural World

As we have often stated throughout both our website and this blog, the mission of the BioLogos Foundation is to promote the harmony of faith and modern science, such as the theory of evolution. Often, to help share this vision […]

Of Mice and Men

As we continue to study genomes, we find striking similarities between our human genome and those of other organisms. These similarities can lead to one of two conclusions: either humans share a common ancestor with other living things, or the […]

Courage to Seek

“Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.” -Paul Tillich, “Saturday Evening Post” “God gave us a curiosity to understand his creation. I don’t […]

Did Darwin Kill God?

That’s the question of a documentary aired by BBC, which looks at the relationship between religion and evolution. Connor Cunningham, the documentary’s host, is a firm believer in evolution as well as a Christian. The apparent clash between science and […]

Our Story

In the early chapters of Genesis, we meet Adam and Eve, the original man and woman formed from the dust of the Earth, brought to life by the breath of God, and placed in a beautiful garden with a mysterious […]

Alister McGrath on Science and Religion

Alister McGrath, author of A Fine-Tuned Universe, was a “rottweiler sort” of atheist in his younger years. However, after attending university, McGrath discovered that God was more exciting that he initially thought, and became a Christian. As he began to […]

New Eyes

“If faith has meaning, it can’t be off in one part of you. It has to be integrated. I think my faith adds to the experience of being a scientist in the way that discovering something has more meaning, sort […]

Creatures Great and Small

Among the distinguishing features of the countless living creatures on our planet, size is certainly one of the most noticeable. Life on earth encompasses everything from microscopic one-celled bacteria to the gargantuan blue whale, the largest animal to have ever […]

A Culture War

The discussion surrounding evolution is often marked by the loud voices of opposing sides. To some, evolution represents a challenge to morality and religion that must be fought head on. They agree with leading anti-evolutionist Henry Morris, who wrote that […]

The Flagellum Unspun

In his book No Free Lunch, William Dembski makes the case for intelligent design by arguing that the bacterial flagellum, thanks to its apparent irreducible and specified complexity, could never have been produced through evolution. To support his argument, Dembski […]

God’s Answer

“This new knowledge of the galaxies is exhilirating and terrifying, beautiful and dreadful… The Hubble Deep Field photo opens us to a cosmos of capacious grandeur — a universe of 50 billion galaxies blowing like snowflakes in a cosmic storm… […]

The Question

“Do you believe in evolution?” It’s a common question, asked in countless schools, churches, debates, and surveys. However, as Douglas Swartzendruber, professor of biology at Seaver College, notes in his essay “Scientific Knowledge and Belief in God”, it’s a question […]

Creator and Father

When describing God’s role in creation, many use language and images that present God as a master designer, fashioning the universe by his hands. Certainly, when looking at the almost machine-like complexity of life, the idea of God as a […]

Two Complementary Accounts

The creation accounts of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 seem to tell completely different stories. In Genesis 1, creation is presented in successive stages, with God showing his satisfaction with each result. While the creation of man is mentioned, it […]

Darwin’s Search Engine

Is evolution predictable? Many would argue that it is not. After all, the driving mechanisms of evolution — natural selection, genetic mutation, genetic variation, mass extinctions, etc. — seem to defy a linear, predictable path. Indeed, some cite the apparent […]

The Fragile Beauty of Life

“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” – Psalm 8:4, NIV At times, the Earth can seem like a massive place. As we look at the wonders of living creatures, […]

One Step at a Time

The diagram above shows the complex process of the human blood-clotting cascade, which requires the interaction of at least a dozen different proteins to properly work. The system is so complex that intelligent design proponents argue that it cannot be […]

Following Nature’s Design

In this TED talk, Janine Benyus describes some of nature’s most efficient and intriguing designs and how we can learn from them to better our own inventions through the process of biomimicry. As Benyus reminds us, humans are not the […]

Snapshots

Source: blakebill91 / Flickr / All Rights Reserved A common criticism of evolutionary theory is the apparent lack of transitional fossils throughout the fossil record. If evolution were true, argue opponents, why do we not find more fossils that “link” […]

Even Our Vestigial Organs Can Play An Important Part

A few weeks ago, we did a post on vestigial organs — organs that were once integral to our survival that we seem to have evolved beyond needing. Among the list were organs such as our appendix, our wisdom teeth, […]

The Problem With Two Little Words

In 1995, the National Association of Biology Teachers published its “Statement on Teaching Evolution.” The goal of the statement was to help address the controvery surrounding evolutionary theory in high school classrooms. However, rather than help alleviate the controversy, the […]

Astronomy and Accomodation

“But the discoveries that come streaming in from our telescopes are inspiring thoughtful people not to subsume science to faith or faith to science, but to seek an accomodation between the two. It is this quest that is winning adherents […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clouds

“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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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.  […]

Explaining BioLogos

On April 28th, The BioLogos Foundation celebrated the launch of its new website (www.biologos.org) with an evening event held in Washington DC.  As described in Tuesday night’s presentations, as well as yesterday’s inaugural blog entry, the original inspiration for biologos.org […]

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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 in the science-religion dialogue. We're inaugurating ou

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 or reflect the light that passes against their scales or

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, 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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