That’s a good question...(faith and science edition)

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Perhaps the most significant life lesson I’ve learned in my young adulthood is that knowing all the answers isn’t as important as asking good questions. So every now and then I like to use Fridays to 1) link to other bloggers and writers who have asked compelling questions during the week and 2) open the floor for you to share whatever questions you’ve been wrestling with lately.

Today I’ll link to some of the folks I met at the BioLogos Foundation conference last week in an effort to address some of the questions you posed to help me pass as an intellectual at the event. 

  •  Jen asked, “How does the concept of "randomness" in natural selection plausibly fit into a creation scenario? How can randomness be seen as purposeful?”

This is apparently a really hot topic right now. At the conference I met Dr. Kathryn Applegate, who has spent a lot of time thinking about this issue and who looks way too young to have developed computer vision algorithms to measure the remodeling activity of the cell’s cytoskeleton.  

Kathryn has written three really great pieces on the subject: “Understanding Randomness,” “That’s Random” and “Adaptive Immunity.” In addition, check out this question on the BioLogos site: “Does the presence of chance in natural processes conflict with belief in God’s sovereignty?

  • Aubree said, “My biggest hang-up [with macro-evolution and biblical interpretation] is its implications on Jesus’ death. The Bible says that there was no death before Adam and Eve sinned. It was through their sin that death (imperfection) entered the world – and Jesus on the cross rectified that, once again bringing humanity access to God. Believing in macro-evolution the way Darwin has described it, says that death was around long before people were.”

I made a point of asking about this at the conference, and theologian Peter Enns offered a brief response, noting that central to this debate is Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 in which Paul draws his famous parallel between Jesus and Adam.  Enns suspects that Paul indeed thought of Adam as an historical figure, but argues that this is not the point of his letters. Paul, addressing the big debate of the day, is simply trying to make the point that Jews and Gentiles are on the same footing, that sin and death are universal conditions of humanity.  To make this point, Paul understandably chooses a figure like Adam.

This is a rather sloppy and incomplete explanation of Enns’ position. If you have a few minutes, check out this fantastic (and surprisingly readable!) five-part series, entitled “Paul’s Adam”: Part 1Part 2,Part 3Part 4Part 5.

I haven’t forgotten the rest of your questions, and will continue to try to address them over the next few weeks and months.

In the meantime, check out these cool people I met at BioLogos: Dennis Venema (who strikes me as being both smart and wise), Steve Matheson (who knows how to make just about any conversation more interesting), and Justin Topp (who instantly felt like a friend). You may also want to read this short chapterentitled "A Christian Perspective on Biology" written by Dennis and Richard Paulton. It's an accessible introduction to some important topics.

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What questions are you asking this week—on your blog, at your dinner table, in your head, in your heart? (They don't have to be about faith and science. Feel free to include links!)

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That's a good question...

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Perhaps the most significant life lesson I’ve learned in my young adulthood is that knowing all the answers isn't as important as asking good questions. So every now and then I like to use Fridays to 1) link to other bloggers and writers who have asked compelling questions during the week and 2) open the floor for you to share whatever questions you've been wrestling with lately.

Elizabeth Esther caused quite a stir when she asked, Are humans inherently good or bad?

Scot McKnight did too when he asked, What does your church do on July 4?

For my writer friends—Jody Hedlund asks, Will my grandma like my book?

For my fellow doubters—Jason Boyett asks, Is church the best place for doubters?

For my favorite tech guys—XKCD asks, What’s the difference between geeks and nerds?

On a side note: Now that Dan and I get most of our news online, we’re always in search of good, in-depth articles about current events. After this most recent Israeli-Gaza-flotilla incident, I realized we could use some suggestions regarding sources for international news. I’m feeling a little uniformed.  Any ideas? Have you read a particularly compelling piece about the incident? Where do you typically get your international news?

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What questions are you asking this week—on your blog, at your dinner table, in your head, in your heart? (Feel free to include links!)

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That’s a good question…

Perhaps the most significant life lesson I’ve learned in my young adulthood is that knowing all the answers isn’t as important as asking good questions. So every now and then I like to use Fridays to 1) link to other bloggers and writers who have asked compelling questions during the week and 2) open the floor for you to share whatever questions you’ve been wrestling with lately.

In response to our recent conversations about the Gospel, Jen at Conversion Diary asks, Can you share the gospel in 140 characters or less?

RJS at Jesus Creed asks, Is free will a figment of our imagination?

Jason Boyett asks a bunch of good questions in his interview with Nick Fiedler: Part 1Part 2

Keith asks, What stage of Lost grief are you in?

Chris Brogan asks, Do women want to lead?

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Matt Appling at The Church of No People asked me a bunch of good questions in an interview he posted today. My favorite question was, What does this generation of Christians have to offer the next generation?

You can read my response here.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear how you would respond to that question.  So, today I’m posing two questions…

1. What does this generation of Christians have to offer the next generation? 
2. What questions are you asking this week—on your blog, at your dinner table, in your head, in your heart? (Feel free to include links!)

You can answer just one or both...cause it's a free country and it's Friday.

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That's a good question

Perhaps the most significant life lesson I’ve learned in my young adulthood is that knowing all the answers isn’t as important as asking good questions. So every now and then I like to use Fridays to 1) link to other bloggers and writers who have asked compelling questions during the week and 2) open the floor for you to share whatever questions you’ve been wrestling with lately.

Some things that got me thinking this week:

Jason Boyett asks, How do doubters achieve a balance between honest questioning and concern over the spiritual well-being of non-doubters?  

Karl Giberson of the BioLogos Foundation asks, Why should we trust scientific orthodoxy? (Money quote:“The consensus on the age of the earth not a ‘consensus of opinion’ but a ‘consensus of data’ and a ‘consensus of methods.’)

Over at The Church of No People, Matt asks, What would it take to make you give up your faith?

On the Tim Ferriss blog, Rolf Potts (author of Vagabonding) asks, Are you doing well or living well? 

Tabitha asks, Can you think of one impossible thing today?

Kristin asks, What do we hope our kids will get out of church?

Janet asks, Will it matter in a year?

Jody asks, How essential is an online presence to a writer’s career? 

So, what questions are you asking this week—on your blog, at your dinner table, in your head, in your heart?

(Feel free to link to your own blog.)

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That’s a good question…

Perhaps the most significant life lesson I’ve learned in my young adulthood is that knowing all the answers isn’t as important as asking good questions. So every now and then I like to use Fridays to 1) link to other bloggers and writers who have asked compelling questions during the week and 2) open the floor for you to share whatever questions you’ve been wrestling with lately.

Some things that got me thinking this week:

Don Miller started quite the conversation by asking,  Does God have a specific plan for your life?

Pete Wilsons asks, Do we really need the church?

Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times asks, Is PowerPoint making the military stupid? (Which of course made me wonder if PowerPoint is making all of us stupid.)

Jason Boyett asks archeologist Robert Cargill, Have we discovered Noah’s Ark?

Josh Mueller asks, What are the motives behind my comments online?

Micah asks, What does “literally” mean? And then Dan asks, What is Micah thinking? (A fun exchange between former college roommates.)

ThatGuyKC asks, Are you a slave to cliches?

My friends Sarah CunninghamRenee Johnson, and Kary Oberbrunner (along with Jesse Rice and Shawn Wood) ask, Are you ready to throw mountains? 

So, what questions are you asking this week—on your blog, at your dinner table, in your head, in your heart?

(Feel free to link to your own blog.)

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