There are so many paths in life, personally, professionally, socially. So many categories or labels we may apply to ourselves, or to others. It can be easy at first, going for the big ones, the major ideas. One might be an American or a Republican or a Christian or any of a number of other sweeping designations (or any combination thereof).
But, as we dig deeper, it is less easy to simply specify a label. Most of your peers may be pro-abortion but you are pro-life. You side with your political party on most issues except guns. Or, you may find yourself at odds with your fellow churchgoers on the subject of evolution. This last can be true regardless of one’s religious beliefs. Plenty of people hold a variety of beliefs regarding evolution, even within a given group.
Biologos Editor Shares Her Thoughts
We have written to compare and contrast various positions on origin, creation and evolution. One resource we have mentioned is Biologos, a Christian foundation intent on showing the scientific and biblical evidence for evolutionary creationism.
Following, we share thoughts from Kathryn Applegate, Biologos Resources Editor, on the organization’s 10th anniversary.
That Wet Dog Smell
“At first when BioLogos was headquartered in San Diego, we didn’t have an actual office. Darrel Falk worked out of his biology office at PLNU, and I worked out of a windowless nook shared by the adjunct biology faculty (who had priority, by the way—when they needed the office I’d find an empty classroom to work in).”
The Last Dodo
“From 2013-2015, I managed our Evolution & Christian Faith program, which distributed several million dollars in grant funding toward the development of new scholarly and lay-level resources on origins and faith…
“The second summer meeting took place in Oxford, England. On the final evening, we held a banquet dinner at the storied Oxford Museum of Natural History, site of the famous 1860 debate between Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, and Thomas Huxley, a biologist from London…
“One of the curators led a small group of us into a room filled to the brim with specimens in labeled boxes. She lifted the lid of a small box, revealing the head of a dodo with skin intact—the only remaining soft tissue specimen of a dodo in the world!In the early years of BioLogos, we had conferences, but unless you were paying close attention, you probably didn't know about them...We have now hosted three large public conferences... Click To Tweet
“In the early years of BioLogos, we had conferences, but unless you were paying close attention, you probably didn’t know about them. That’s because the early meetings happened behind closed doors, with promises of anonymity given to invited participants.
“In those days it was risky business for conservative Christians to discuss evolutionary creation openly, except to condemn it. The first conference organizing committee—composed of people like Tim Keller, Philip Yancey, Os Guinness, and Andy Crouch—were incredibly brave to put their names behind the invitation. They did so not because they were personally convinced that evolution was true, but because they believed the church needed to work out the theological implications if it were true. They were convinced of the critical importance of interdisciplinary dialogue about science and faith for the integrity of the church…
“We have now hosted three large public conferences, the last of which took place just a couple of months ago in Baltimore. It was remarkable to see a big ballroom full of scientists, pastors, teachers, and plenty of interested laypeople, talking around tables about all sorts of things: gene editing, exoplanets, how to talk about our faith in a post-Christian world, and yes, evolutionary creation. The sense of danger has given way to a sense of relief and optimism.”