What Makes the Whole More Than the Sum of Its Parts?
A living being is more than the collection of the multitude of organic components of which it is made.
Some Things We Can Know
Those who study historical topics such as origins often face questions for which no easy answers are evident. Published in Origins, v. 65.
What Adventists Have to Share with the Scientific Community
Only if Christians can be trusted in areas scientists know, will they be trusted in areas scientists don’t know.
Sand Dunes of the Sahara: How Should We Relate Scripture to Earth Science Questions?
A Christian scientist, while accepting the testimony of Scripture about God’s past intervention in Earth’s history, can still keep an open mind toward aspects of the geologic record that are unusual and different.
Can Rocks Teach Us Something About God?
Can we learn more about the qualities of the Creator through the study of geology?
A Physicist’s Look at Nature and the Nature of God
Because the creation of God bears undeniable evidence of its Author, there are things in nature that may reflect – even though in a very pale way – some of the characteristics of the nature of God. What follows are two analogies from physics that can serve as illustrations for aspects of the Divinity.
A Journey of Faith and Science
Toward the end of my graduate studies in organic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, the conflict that sometimes arises between science and faith presented itself forcibly to me. The closest friend that I had in a group of about 25 people was a brilliant post-doctoral fellow from Georgia, and we decided to take a day trip to the San Diego Zoo to get away from the pressures of the University.…
Miracles and Natural Law: Are They Compatible?
With the scientific knowledge we currently have of nature, is it still reasonable to believe in miracles?
A Review of the Documentary Film "Is Genesis History?"
Is Genesis History? asks a question that many Christians struggle with. Is the first book of the Bible comprised of pious myths? Is it an allegory designed to teach important lessons about God, but not actually a record of the history of life on Earth? Or is it a reliable record of events that actually occurred in the past? In other words, is Genesis the oldest book of history available today, one…
The Great Search
In a world drowning in information, there is an even stronger search for ultimate truth. It seems the information age expects each of us to sort out misleading advertisements, internet “facts”, and professionally perpetrated misinformation in our own attempts to determine what is true.
Questions: Their Role in Discovery
When we are seeking answers, it matters a great deal what questions we ask. That seems obvious, but asking the right questions does not always happen automatically. And one of the important questions is “can I expect to know the answer to this question?”I am especially thinking of questions and answers relating to faith and science: questions about origins and geological history. First of all, consider…
Coping with Difficult, Unanswered, and Unanswerable Questions
Difficult, unanswered, and unanswerable questions are often catalysts for paradigm shifts in technology, medicine, and in personal and community value systems.Challenging questions important to Christian value systems are often about origins, evolution, pain and suffering, age of the earth, and various creation scenarios. Christian education has a responsibility to help individuals learn how to honestly…
This point cannot be overestimated. Galileo wasn’t fighting against the Bible, but against an interpretation of the Bible dominated by the prevailing scientific dogma, which for centuries had been Aristotelianism.
Christianity and the Development of Science: Part 3 – Modern Day Believers
While the science culture may have become less receptive to belief today, researchers of faith still contribute to the scientific community.
Christianity and the Development of Science: Part 2 – The Founding Fathers of Science
This second part of a series on Christianity and the Development of Science provides additional examples of well-known past scientists whose study of nature came from a desire to know the Creator better. Many of these men were active Christians and held administrative positions in the church. Their study of the Bible led them to view the world in a way that helped them understand nature.
Christianity and the Development of Science: Part 1 – A General Discussion
Warfare and conflict are often what come to mind when thinking about the relationship between science and religion. Some of the best known examples are arguably (Gould) the flat earth, the church's resistance to Galileo and his heliocentric system, Darwinian evolution, and the Scope's trial in Dayton, Tennessee.
Human Suffering and Creation: the Surprising Missing Link
What does humans suffering have to do with the doctrine of creation?
Christ, Character and Creation. The “Former Things” and the Creator
It matters greatly what model of earth history we adopt. This explains why Jesus carefully worded the first angel’s message to endorse a special creation worldview and a global flood, both so important to the worship of the Creator. How beautifully, then, the name Seventh-day Adventist testifies to the goodness and worship worthiness of our God, the benevolent Creator, who banishes forever the “former things.”
Theistic Evolution: Implications for the Role of Creation in Seventh-day Adventist Theology
The Adventist faith will not be itself if it accepts theistic evolution. The active God who created by the word of His mouth, who communicated through the prophets, who lived among us, died in our place, was resurrected and ascended to minister for us, who will return the second time to gather us to Himself, who will resurrect the dead and re-create the new earth, and who will finally destroy sin, cannot be worshiped if He does not exist.
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