Category: Creation

The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
The Evolution Debate

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The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
The Evolution Debate

The “Southern Baptist Voices: Teleological Arguments, Theistic Evolution, and Intelligent Design” debate regarding creation and evolution between Southern Baptist scholars and Christian scientific scholars from BioLogos continues. The Southern Baptist scholars favor creationism, progressive creationism, or intelligent design; while the BioLogos scholars favor theistic evolution. Baptist Press has published two recent articles have been posted about this debate (article 1, focused on Dr. Keathley’s articles’ and article 2, focused on Dr. Dembski’s articles)

The format for the debate is that the Southern Baptist professors wrote articles and submitted them to BioLogos in January. The BioLogos scholars are now responding article by article. So far, Dr. Ken Keathley of Southeastern Seminary has posted two articles on “Expressing Our Concerns: Part 1, and Part 2), with two response articles from BioLogos scholars (Reply 1 and Reply 2), and two articles by Dr. William Dembski of Southwestern Seminary on “Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral?” (Part 1 and Part 2), with three responses by BioLogos scholars (Response 1, Response 2, Response 3). You are invited to participate in the discussion in the comments after these articles.

Other Southern Baptist scholars who have contributed articles for the series are Dr. John D. Laing of Southwestern Seminary; Dr. Bruce Little, Dr. John Hammet, and Dr. James K. Dew from Southeastern Seminary, and Dr. Steve Lemke from New Orleans Seminary. To find the continuing series, go to http://biologos.org and click “The Forum” tab. From the Forum home page, click the “By Series” choice on the menu on the right, and choose “Southern Baptist Voices.”

Two previous SBC Today articles have more information on this debate – article 1 and article 2.

The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral?

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The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral?

How should Twenty-first Century Christians interpret the creation accounts in the book of Genesis?  How can these biblical creation accounts be reconciled with contemporary scientific accounts? Is theistic evolution tenable, or should we believe in creationism or intelligent design?

We posted an announcement earlier about a dialogue addressing these questions, an ongoing dialogue between some Southern Baptist scholars and some Christian scientists from the BioLogos organization. The BioLogos Foundation is a group of Christians who see “evolution as the means by which God created life, in contrast to Atheistic Evolutionism, Intelligent Design, and Creationism.” In essence they are looking to prove that the findings in science are compatible with the Christian faith. BioLogos was founded by Francis Collins, the former head of the Human Genome Project and currently head of the National Institutes for Health.

Each dialogue in this “Southern Baptist Voices” series on the biologos.org website features an article or two articles from a Southern Baptist scholar, with a response from a BioLogos scholar.The series arose from a discussion between Dr. Ken Keathley, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Darrell Falk, President of BioLogos.

In the first pair of articles, Dr. Keathley submitted a two part article that we referenced on March 14, 2012 (click here). From this original discussion, BioLogos is building series, in which the BioLogos staff will dialogue with such invited noteable Southern Baptist scholars as: Dr. John D. Laing, Dr. Bruce Little, Dr. John Hammet, Dr. Steve Lemke, Dr. William Dembski, and Dr. James K. Dew.

The next Baptist guest in the series is Dr. William Dembski, Research Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and well-known advocate of the intelligent design movement, who is addressing the question “Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral.”

In part 1, Dembski compares the “non-negotiables” of Christianity with the “non-negotiables of Darwinism (click here). And in part 2 (click here) he continues his analysis of the comparison of the non-negotiable tenets, concluding that the evidence for Darwinism is the real crux of the matter, not whether it is or is not theologically neutral.

As with other internet discussions, BioLogos has included an arena for comments and responses. We, at SBC Today, would like to invite Southern Baptists to join in this scholarly dialogue as it unfolds over the next few weeks.

The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
Theistic Evolution vs. Creationism

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The BioLogos-Southern Baptist Theologian Dialogue:
Theistic Evolution vs. Creationism

The BioLogos Foundation is a group of Christians who see “evolution as the means by which God created life, in contrast to Atheistic Evolutionism, Intelligent Design, and Creationism.” In essence they are looking to prove that the findings in science are compatible with the Christian faith. BioLogos was founded by Francis Collins, the former head of the Human Genome Project and currently head of the National Institutes for Health.

A dialogue is now underway on the BioLogos blog entitled “Southern Baptist Voices: An Ongoing Series” between a group of Southern Baptist theologians and some BioLogos scholars (most of whom are scientists) over the issue of the BioLogos affirmation of a version of theistic evolution. The Southern Baptist scholars were recruited by Dr. Ken Keathley of Southeastern Seminary, writing their articles at the end of last year. The BioLogos scholars are responding to them article by article over a period of time. There are comment sections after each of the articles in which anyone can join in the discussion.

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