Hump retrospective 3 – creation with no need for a Creator

In Britain, at least, a common position of many ordinary Evangelical Christians (until they start reading American books, anyway!) is, “I don’t see why God couldn’t have created through evolution.” The rub is that they usually have little idea of what evolutionary theory says: what they mean is that species might well change over long periods of times, under the creative direction of God, as an alternative to each being created de novo.

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Hump retrospective 2: old earth with death, carnivores and natural evils

Creation “groaning” for 13bn years?

My retrospective review of this aspect of the last ten years of my research is timely, it seems. For reviewing Joshua Swamidass’s Genealogical Adam and Eve YECs Robert Carter and John Sanford mention Josh’s citing of my book God’s Good Earth, in relation to the subject of death before the Fall.

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Hump retrospective 1: six day recent creation

It was what I fielded about the biblical acceptability of an old earth view that got me “censored” in the original series of articles for a Christian magazine in 2008 (see previous column) that put me on to the science-faith trail.

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A retrospective on my last decade’s work

I thought it would be worth spending a few posts looking back on what has turned out to be a fruitful “research programme” on scientific and biblical origins over the last ten years for me, to see what problems have been resolved, and which, if any, remain unanswered.

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Prometheus bans fire

If there is one thing I would change in my first book God’s Good Earth, it is the part on humanity’s abuse of creation, in a section I entitled, “The long history of trashing the planet.”

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Continuity and discontinuity

Here’s an interesting podcast by Intelligent Design proponent Paul Nelson, a philosopher of science, whom I’ve got to know a little both through Peaceful Science and via a mutual friend.

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31st January, 2020

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Are research paradigms faith commitments?

When I was about five, I joined the TV comic’s Red Ray Club, whose badge was proudly preserved in the family until my brother wisely threw it out of his home a year or two ago.

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My new book published!

The Generations of Heaven and Earth is now available at discount price from the publisher, Wipf & Stock, here. According to their usual custom, availability at Amazon and overseas will follow on, though it’s certainly now advertised there too, as of Satrurday.

There is now a homepage for the book, which includes a few extra goodies such as an online bibliography, explanation of the cover design, and the chapter epigraphs I had to leave out of the book to keep the size reasonable.

Buy the book and help spread the Genealogical Adam word … as well as, more specifically, gaining a new and thrilling insight into God’s big story in the Bible.

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Cutting edge science and witch trials

Using the Salem witch trials as an analogy in my last post made me aware of the controversial figure of Cotton Mather, the archetypal superstitious Puritan widely blamed for the Salem witch trials.

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