The Bible and Science Debate: How Shall We Interpret Genesis?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Hermeneutics, Personal, Science, Scripture, Unity of the Church60 Comments

If I were to pick three highly skilled biblical scholars/exegetes, who also profoundly understand science (two of them – McGrath and Polkinghorne – have a PhD degree in hard science), to speak clearly about the way to properly read the Book of Genesis then I would pick these three theologians. I have met two of them and have read all … Read More

The Climate Change Debate: Wrestling With the Creation Narrative

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Personal, Science, The Future14 Comments

A massive report on the impact of global warming is being completed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This report explains to the world what the representatives of approximately 100 governments concluded at their meeting in Japan in late March. AP reported: “The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks … Read More

Rethinking a Christian Response to Suicide

John ArmstrongBaseball, Bio-Medical Ethics, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Death, Ethics, Science16 Comments

I am continually amazed at the lack of sensitivity and pastoral grace that many Christians have regarding their response to a death by suicide. There was a time when Christians–Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant–generally considered suicide an “unpardonable sin.” For this reason when a person took their own life the family was left with the profound sense that their loved one … Read More

The Tragic Sense of Life

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Divine Providence, Reason, Science, Spirituality, The Church, Uncategorized

I remember when I first heard the Spaniard’s name – Miguel de Unamuno. I was driving my car to speak in Iowa in the summer of about 1998 and the esteemed founding president of Regent College (Vancouver), James Houston, mentioned the importance of this Spanish philosopher for deeper insight into the faith. The course was one on spiritual formation. It … Read More

Will the World End One Week from Today?

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Eschatology, Science, The Future

Will the world end on December 21st? An interpretation of an ancient Maya calendar has been used, for several years now, to suggest that the end of the world will take place on (or around) December 21, 2012. The film “2012,” starring John Cusack, made the idea popular with many movie goers. The warnings are  linked with the Mayan calendar turning … Read More

An ACT 3 Luncheon with Brendan Purcell

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Books, Science

The last two days I have written blogs about science and creation. I published a review of Brendan Purcell’s new book, From Big Bang to Big Mystery, written by Irish scholar, Dr. Joe McCarroll. I also mentioned that I have invited Dr. Brendan Purcell to speak in the Chicago area on his book at an ACT 3 Luncheon. This event … Read More

From Big Bang to Big Mystery (A Review: Part 2)

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Science, Scripture

Yesterday, I published the first part of Dr. Joe McCarroll’s review of Brendan Purcell’s important new book, From Big Bang to Big Mystery. Today I publish the second part of his review. I believe this portion of the review explains clearly why this is an important book for thinking, serious Christian readers who want to engage the question of origins … Read More

From Big Bang to Big Mystery: The Question of Human Origins

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Science, Scripture

I grew up in an ecclesial context that had positively no regard for insights we might gain from evolution. During my student years at Wheaton College I learned to think of creation differently and began to open my mind to broader thought patterns on the questions of origins. Then I wandered into “strict (literal) creationism” for a sojourn of about … Read More

Climate Science and Evangelicals

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Environmentalism, Politics, Science

One of the true hot-button issues conservatives routinely debate  is climate science and global warming. I have listened to some of the strangest and most confusing debate over this issue. Some of the worst debate over this issue is routinely endorsed by evangelical Christians who laugh at climate science and demonize those who take it seriously. Some even produce impressive … Read More

Creation, Science and the Human Genome

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Science

Recent polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center find that four out of 10 Americans believe that the creation accounts in Genesis 1-3 are to be read quite literally. In fact, it is safe to say that a literal reading of the opening chapters of Genesis is a central tenet for most conservative Christianity. This was the case in … Read More