Hello all! My apologies for missing out on the Really Recommended Posts for a few weeks. In between moving, doctor visits for the second child (!), and having family and friends in and out of the new place, it’s been absolutely chaotic. Anyhow, here are the latest reads I’ve found for you from around the web. As always, let me know what you think, and let the authors know as well!
Biologos Responds to the Ark Encounter– Answers in Genesis has made a huge splash in the news recently with their “Ark Encounter”- a $100 million theme park dedicated to young earth creationism. Here, from a different part of the spectrum of Christian belief about faith and science, Deborah Haarsma, the president of Biologos, offers a response to the Ark Encounter.
Pokemon Go and our longing for the world to be transformed– An intriguing post about how augmented reality games might point to our desire for more in the world than the mundane. My home church is a hotspot for Pokemon Go, in other news!
Send Dr. Giles to the Evangelical Theological Society Conference– Kevin Giles is one of the world’s foremost experts on Trinitarian theology and has written multiple books on the relation between God the Father and God the Son. I had the privilege of meeting him a few years ago and was blown away by both his courtesy and knowledge. Christians for Biblical Equality is raising money to send him to the ETS conference this year. This is greatly important, given the recent debates (click link to see summary) over the “Eternal Functional Subordination” of God the Son. Here’s another link from a different perspective on the topic.
As a Psychiatrist, I Diagnose Mental Illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.– An interesting read whatever your perspective, this article by a psychiatrist speaks on how sometimes phenomenon occur which cannot be explained but by agents.
Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Soren Kierkegaard– Kierkegaard is one of the most misunderstood thinkers in Christianity. Here’s a crash course on his philosophical and theological thinking. Be sure to read the rest of the series to get introductions to a number of important thinkers.
The words of Jesus in John’s Gospel, 5; 39-46 is the best response to Biologos. The Pharisees challenged Him, Jesus pointed out that they search the scripture to find salvation, the books of Moses, including Genesis. Jesus accuses them of not believing Moses. Moses wrote the flood story, the ark story and the genealogies that establish a 6000 year old earth.
This narrative in John indicates that Jesus did believe Moses, and the Torah. His rebuke was spot on for all old earth believers, theistic evolutionists, or anyone else who rejects the plain exegesis of these passages.
I would suggest that Bioslogos falls into the same category as the Pharisees. They also reject the plain forward reading of Genesis. I would also suggest that organizations or individuals who allegorize the historical narratives in Genesis do more damage to the faith than YEC. The skeptics and anti-theists do not overlook this obvious hypocrisy, in fact they use it against the Church and Christians that most of them hate.
If secular science, origins science in particular, conflicts with the historical narratives in Genesis, the science is simply wrong. Wrong science and revised science has been the norm in the past so why would we put absolute trust in science now.
To conclude, I will point out that most scientists are anti-theists, humanistic naturalists and reductionist. This is a presupposition and an a prior no different than a YEC, neither can be considered unbiased, but I personally will cast my lot with Jesus and believe what Moses wrote in Genesis.