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Random Events in a God-Created World

We live in a world characterized by a degree of randomness. Scientists speculate that randomness occurs at the quantum, genetic, and environmental levels of existence. But I’ve been wondering lately, What does this mean for theology?

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Apr

16

Random Events in a God-Created World

We live in a world characterized by a degree of randomness. Scientists speculate that randomness occurs at the quantum, genetic, and environmental levels of existence. But I’ve been wondering lately, What does this mean for theology?

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Apr

3

God and the Laws of Nature

Theologians and philosophers are especially interested in the fundamental nature of law-like regularity in our world. I’ve been thinking lately about how we might best think of God’s relationship to these so-called “laws of nature.”

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Mar

27

New Manual Statement on Creation

One result from the recent Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project was the widely shared view that the Church of the Nazarene needs a new and more robust statement on creation. Pastors, scientists, laity, theologians, and biblical scholars came together to formulate such a statement.

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Mar

23

A Time for Sabbatical

I’m on sabbatical this semester, and I’ve been particularly aware of how I’m spending my time. In fact, I’ve been reflecting a great deal on what sabbaticals are supposed to do.

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Mar

5

Free Will in Philosophical Theology

The majority of great philosophers and theologians have believed in free will. Contemporary discussions of what free will is and how it might function, however, have not always been clear. In his new book, Free Will in Philosophical Theology, Kevin Timpe takes free will as his central concern to explore theological issues.

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Feb

4

Renovating Holiness

I’m sensing a renewed interest today in holiness. This renewal comes from many who are relatively young – Millennials and Generation Xers – and those living outside North America. But how these people talk about holiness differs from your grandma’s holiness!

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Jan

28

What I Learned at Exploring Origins

The Exploring Origins conference at Point Loma Nazarene University was a great success! I’m grateful to the many who attended and to those who led in various ways. This aspect of the Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project, however, taught me some things.

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Jan

9

Books I’m Reading Now

My reading shelf has been filling up. But I’m happy to report I’ve been finding more time than usual to get some reading done!

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Jan

6

Making Sense of Love & Evil, Chance & Purpose

I'm beginning a new book project! Thanks to a generous grant from the randomness and divine providence project, I'm offering a proposal for how we might best believe God acts providentially in our world.

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Jan

1

Godfather of Science and Religion Dies

My friend, Ian Barbour, died recently. He was 90 years old. Widely considered a groundbreaking giant in the science-and-religion dialogue, Ian was especially kind to me. I consider him the godfather of contemporary science and religion scholarship.

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Dec

13

Nazarenes Exploring Evolution Book Available

The provocative book, Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, is now published! For the first time, a large number of leaders in the Church of the Nazarene weigh in on whether it makes sense to believe God creates through evolution.

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Dec

3

Exploring Origins Conference

I’ve been planning a conference on origins with Mark Mann at Point Loma Nazarene University. The major issue for discussion is evolution. I'm happy to report the conference plans are coming together nicely!

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Nov

26

Arminius as Theologian of Grace?

In Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace, Keith Stanglin and Thomas H. McCall elucidate Arminius’s theological perspectives.  I commend them for this much-needed explanation of Arminius’s own theology. But the book left me unsatisfied.

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Nov

18

Arminius on Foreknowledge and Predestination

Although some Christians have heard of the great Dutch theologian, Jacob Arminius, few know much about him. Two new books aim to change this.

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Sep

10

Nazarenes Reject Strict Inerrancy

Recently, the Church of the Nazarene reexamined its view of the Bible. A study committee recommended that the denomination retain its current doctrine of scripture and reject strict inerrancy.

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Aug

30

Books I’m Reading Now

Given my summer travels, I’ve been able to do more reading than is sometimes possible during the school year. It’s amazing how much time I have to read when on planes, trains, and just taking a break on vacation!

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Jul

22

The Import of Defining Love

For the past decade or more, I have been thinking about the love, science, and theology interface. The questions about how these three major domains relate to one another are complex. And they require complex but understandable answers.

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Jun

20

Nazarenes Exploring Evolution

I'm headed to Boston to attend a Biologos conference for grant recipients. I'll be talking about the exciting developments in the Nazarenes Exploring Evolution project.

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Jun

9

The Unsatisfactory Mystery of Divine Action

I just finished a wonderfully accessible and clear book on God's activity in the world. It was written from an advocate of Thomas Aquinas's theology, and it addresses recent scientific theory and scholarship. I'll be recommending that serious scholars of science and theology read this book... even though I strongly disagree with its proposals!

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May

10

Pastors On Evolution and Creation

A recent survey indicates that pastors are beginning to change their views on evolution and creation. And I think that’s a good thing!

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Thomas Jay Oord is a professor, author, and theologian from the Northwest. Read more