The Bible is not “scientifically accurate”: why that’s good news for Christians

In a previous post, I mentioned Joshua 10 and 1 Chronicles 16:30 as “problem passages” for those whose view of inspiration depends on the Bible being accurate in everything it says (or seems to say) about astronomy, geology, biology, etc. Joshua 10 claims the sun temporarily stood still during a battle between the Israelites and the … Continue reading The Bible is not “scientifically accurate”: why that’s good news for Christians

Why you might have to choose between science and faith

In the wake of Ham v. Nye, the latest spectacle in the ongoing creation/evolution debate, cooler heads are calling for a rapprochement between science and faith. Take, for example, Tim Stafford’s impassioned plea on behalf of our children to stop treating the two pursuits as mutually exclusive: Right now, the way we’re carrying on battles … Continue reading Why you might have to choose between science and faith

Creation debate recap: Bill Nye invites us to explore the world, Ken Ham does not

[Note: This article is also available on the Huffington Post.] It’s unlikely anybody’s mind was changed by the creation debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. Ham behaved pretty much as expected, largely skirting the scientific argument and framing the debate as one of competing worldviews. He attacked evolutionary theories from 1836, rather than address … Continue reading Creation debate recap: Bill Nye invites us to explore the world, Ken Ham does not

Debating Adam

If you want to get caught up on the historical Adam debate, which has been prompted in part by Peter Enns’ book The Evolution of Adam, here are some good places to start… Christianity Today published a balanced summary last year in their feature article “The Search for the Historical Adam.” Over on the Jesus Creed blog, … Continue reading Debating Adam

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns, a review (part 2 of 2)

So what are we to make of The Evolution of Adam? There’s no question Enns’ proposals concerning Adam (and Paul’s use of Adam) are controversial for many Christians. They’re not something we should embrace or reject quickly. Books like these often elicit knee-jerk reactions (from both sides) when something more thoughtful is called for. Like … Continue reading The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns, a review (part 2 of 2)

Science vs. Scripture (or, history repeats itself)

There was a time when scientists made a series of discoveries that revolutionized our understanding of the world around us. They began proposing new theories to explain these groundbreaking observations. Not everyone was happy about it. Many in the church felt threatened by the new scientific consensus, which undermined confidence in Scripture (so it was … Continue reading Science vs. Scripture (or, history repeats itself)

Rethinking Adam? (part 2)

I’m sure Pete Enns knew what he was getting into when he published The Evolution of Adam last month. As Scot McKnight said in his endorsement, this is a guy who’s earned his “battle scars.” (Enns was let go from Westminster Theological Seminary for his previous book, Inspiration and Incarnation.)  Southern Baptist theologian Al Mohler has already promised … Continue reading Rethinking Adam? (part 2)