Evolution


I’ve just come across this new (December 2010) broadcasting series which I thought I would share as it looks like a valuable resource.  Michael Dowd has conducted 38 interviews with a a diverse range of thought leaders broadly around the topic of evolution and Christianity.  The participates include Nobel and Templeton prize winners.

I haven’t yet had the chance to listen to many of them, but I particularly enjoyed the conversation with Charles H. Townes who is 95 years old.  Charles Townes won the Nobel prize in 1964 for contributions to fundamental work in quantum electronics leading to the development of the maser and laser and the Templeton prize in 2005 for progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities.

Evolutionary Christianity can be accessed free from http://evolutionarychristianity.com/blog and there is also a podcast feed.

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Bruce Waltke, a world-renowned old testament bible scholar, coming from a reformed conservation tradition has resigned (from the Reformed Theological Seminary) over a statement he made concerning evolution in a video posted on Biologos.

A good account is provided in this Inside Higher Ed article.

Perhaps the crucial quote was:

“If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution, to deny that reality will make us a cult … some odd group that is not really interacting with the world. And rightly so, because we are not using our gifts and trusting God’s Providence that brought us to this point of our awareness.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when someone has to resign over such a statement … ridiculous, even for a private college.

A good roundup of views on the blogosphere can be found here.

Update: More information of the continuing saga can be found here.