Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design

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9780310080978Discoveries in cosmology, paleontology, and genomics has considerably changed the context for the creation-evolution debate in the last two decades. Which is why an update to the first Counterpoints views book on the subject is needed.

Editor J. B. Stump has brought together leading voices to offer an accurate snapshot of the origins conversation in America in his new book Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. Voices include: Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe), Deborah B. Haarsma (BioLogos), and Stephen C. Meyer (The Discovery Institute). Offering their best defense of their position, each address questions such as:

What is your position on origins? What is the most persuasive arguments in defense of your position? How do you demarcate and correlate evidence…

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Trapped in “Either/Or” Thinking – An Excerpt from Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes!

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Today’s excerpt is taken from Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes by Denis Lamoureaux.

Denis is Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta, the first tenure-track position in Canada dedicated to teaching and research on the relationship between scientific discovery and Christian faith.

Continue reading to learn how he wrestled to overcome the “either/or” thinking of the creation-evolution debate.

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9780310526445_image“I am so mad!” These words were cried out by a young woman after she stood up during the middle of a class in my college course on science and religion. I slowly sank down behind the lecture stand, quickly glancing at my notes, hoping to find what I had said that triggered her outburst. And she wasn’t finished. “I’m mad at my parents…

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Extracurricular Activities 1.31.15 — Mark Mummy Redux, Post-Seculars, and Missions Trips

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Justin Taylor Shares Biblical Reasons to Doubt Creation Days Were 24-Hours

R. C. Sproul, who drafted the original Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy, once said, “When people ask me how old the earth is, I tell them I don’t know—because I don’t.”

Contrary to what is often implied or claimed by young-earth creationists, the Bible nowhere directly teaches the age of the earth.

A First-Century Copy of the Gospel of Mark? Hurtado Says Not So Fast

In the last week or so I’ve had a number of inquiries about news stories of the discovery of a fragment of the Gospel of Mark dating to the first century AD.  Actually, this isn’t a new claim, but instead a rehashing (or belated notice) of a story that initially appeared back in early 2012.  But, thanks to an article more recently in “Live Science” (

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Will You Ask America to “Forgive Us” of 7 Social Sins?

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In a post-Ferguson world, this book is timely for the Church.

I could add that in a post-Trail-of-Tearspost-Stonewall riots, post-9/11 world this book comes at a good time in the life of the church, too.

The book is Forgive Us, a book that self-consciously “acknowledges the legitimacy of much of [peoples’ anger and frustration with organized religion] and recognizes that the church through the ages has experienced significant brokenness, a brokenness that demands to be acknowledged and repented of.” (31)

Authors Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, and Soong-Chan Rah offer the American church this guide — to help the church confess to the world and to God the church’s complicity and culpability in seven sins, sins against: God’s creation, indigenous people, people of color, women,…

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Science, Creationism, and Seven Days

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Pillars-of-creation-a-photograph-taken-by-the-hubble-telescope-of-columns-of-interstellar-gas-and-dust-in-the-eagle-nebula-where-new-stars-are-continuously-being-born1 Andrew, from our sister blog Engaging Church, sent along an interesting interview with Oxford Professor John Lennox.

Lennox wrote the book Seven Days that Divide the World, which will be released later this year. In it he wrestles with the tension we often create between faith and science.

You can read an excerpt of the article below and find the rest here

“‘I think that sometimes people have been taught there are only two possibilities: Possibility one is that if you are being faithful to Scripture, you have to be a young earth creationist. Otherwise you're an evolutionist or a theistic evolutionist, and you're not faithful to Scripture," he explained to the Christian Post. ‘I don't think that…

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