Posts under "Theology and Science"

Squirrels as Spiritual Icons

March 23rd, 2016 / 1 Comment

As far as I know, no scripture or great piece of spiritual literature praises the squirrel. We find references to foxes, eagles, snakes, and locusts. Judah is a lion. Doves are harmless. Sparrows have value, even though not much. But nothing on the squirrel. It’s not that squirrels are rare. They live on every inhabitable […]

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Are Animals Made in God’s Image?

September 10th, 2015 / 5 Comments

I’ve been asked to write a chapter in a book exploring what it means to be made in God’s image. The invitation provided me the opportunity to think more deeply than I have about whether we should say nonhuman animals can express the image of God (imago dei). I’m grateful to Michael Burdett, a postdoctoral […]

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Must Adam Be a Historical Person?

June 22nd, 2015 / 13 Comments

In his new book, Saving the Original Sinner, Karl Giberson looks at how Christians have understood the Bible’s first humans. The range of understandings may surprise many readers. What the range means for Christians today might be even more surprising. Many Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians worry that without a historical Adam and Eve, the Christian […]

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The Risks of Love and Life’s Big Questions

May 7th, 2015 / 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a public lecture on a complex set of subjects: evolution, evil, and Christian theology. As I prepared for my address, I thought about the importance of seeking plausible answers to life’s biggest questions. And I pondered the risks involved. Northwest Nazarene University’s science and religion club […]

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Does it Make Sense to Believe in Miracles?

December 5th, 2014 / 27 Comments

In the final chapter of my current book on providence, I address the issue of miracles. This book project is funded as part of a larger grant I received to explore what it means to believe God acts providentially in a world of randomness. Much of my discussion in this last chapter revolves around various […]

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