Author Archives: Jon Garvey

Jon Garvey

About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.

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 … Continue reading

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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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Intersectional shamanism

Three cheers for actor Laurence Fox, who on the BBC’s Question Time refused point blank to acknowledge the very validity of the existence of the “unconscious institutional racism” of the British people voiced by a (white) audience member regarding the Artist Formerly Known as HRH.

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Death before the Fall

Three times in the last week, I’ve encountered YEC objections to old-earth thinking in general, and Genealogical Adam and Eve in particular, that stress the theological importance of the direct relationship between sin and death. One of these was in one of the few negative comments on Josh Swamidass’s YouTube interview (a good watch), one was from a scholar into whose correspondence I was copied, and one was from another Christian academic in a video on another topic.

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On the importance of real history to the gospel

One of the themes I deal with, fairly briefly, in The Generations of Heaven and Earth is how important it is that the Genealogical Adam hypothesis grounds the Bible in history – real history.

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