BioLogos announces grants to reconcile Christianity and evolution

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This past week BioLogos announced the chosen projects from amongst the applicants for its ‘Evolution and Christian Faith’ grant program.  This involves 3 million dollars of Templeton Foundation funds to be distributed to groups or individuals working to “address theological and philosophical concerns which certain branches of Christianity have about evolutionary creation.”

According to BioLogos the applicants had to to fulfill certain criteria:

“All projects will explore consonance between evolution and Christian faith. Proposals were not considered if they rejected (or at least did not helpfully inform) historic, creedal Christianity (e.g. historical Resurrection, high view of Scripture, etc.) or if they rejected the conclusions of mainstream science (e.g. old earth, common descent, etc.). Please note that this does not mean all grantees are necessarily ardent supporters of evolutionary creation.”

In other words, applicants need to be believing Christians who accept an old-earth timescale and some—although not necessarily all—elements of evolutionary theory.

The grants, ranging from $23,000 to $300,000, were awarded to 37 individuals or groups.

The projects funded fit into two main categories. First, the vexatious question of how to reconcile scientific data on human origins with the biblical account of Adam and Eve. No fewer than eight of the projects directly tackle this issue.

Most of these seem to be desperate attempts to contrive a plausible interpretation of Genesis that somehow encompasses the current scientific consensus on human evolution. Only one: “Adam, Paul and Evolution: what Evangelicals need to know”, run by a team from Trinity Western University, appears to include a strong scientific input from Dennis Venema, a geneticist who is frequent contributor to BioLogos on subjects dealing with human evolution. The rest are content to play the evangelical horses and men, bravely trying to put the Humpty Dumpty of Adam and Eve together again after it was cruelly pushed from the wall (by science.)   

Written By: Martin Corcoran
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25 COMMENTS

  1. “The increasing awareness of evolution and population genetics among evangelical Christians places pressure on pastors and lay leaders to offer informed guidance on these issues to their congregants.”

    Put on a new dress girls, the one you have now is all worn out and tattered. Go to the Ball, and dance until midnight but be careful; watch the time, the chariot is going to turn into a pumpkin again. I am offering this advice as informed guidance and since I have the title of “Dr.” in front of my name, best heed my deed. I am, and remain, an educated man. It is all you need to know.

  2. Temple-dumb still funding delusional stupidity to pollute scientific work!

    The grants, ranging from $23,000 to $300,000, were awarded to 37 individuals or groups.

    As the cockneys would say! “Can you Adam and Eve it?”

  3. Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.

  4. In reply to #10 by KeithSloan:

    Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.
    Unfortunately, Christianity is based on a direct peer-to-peer concept of communicating with their diety as apposed to catholicism which uses a priest as a medium. Its essential for christions to justify that link in order to maintain their beliefs. That said, watching them try to prove the 6000 year old earth idea with scientific ideas will be hilarious to watch.

  5. In reply to #10 by KeithSloan:

    Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.

    Sorry Keith, you haven’t quite understood the deal? Telling the truth doesn’t get you the money. Plus they’ll want a few more words to make it sound sort of important and look like you’re addressing the theological and philosophical concerns that certain sections of Christianity have regarding evolutionary creationism – now and forevermore to be known as EC, along with ID and YEC.

    Perhaps you should leave it till the next round of grants which rumour has it will address the theological and philosophical concerns that certain sections of Christianity have regarding Gays, Blacks, Children, and Women?

    Anvil.

  6. In reply to #12 by Anvil:

    Sorry Keith, you haven’t quite understood the deal? Telling the truth doesn’t get you the money. Plus they’ll want a few more words to make it sound sort of important and look like you’re addressing the theological and philosophical concerns that certain sections of Christianity have regarding evolutionary creationism – now and forevermore to be known as EC, along with ID and YEC.

    Absolutely!!!! A high prportion of the content should be ‘fisticated fee-ology” in addition to credible pseudo-science!!

  7. If they just keep on shaking the box with a triangle cut into it…sooner or later a square will drop out…err!…at least that is what they understand from quantum physics and statistical chance!

  8. In reply to #12 by Anvil:

    In reply to #10 by KeithSloan:

    Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.

    Sorry Keith, you haven’t quite understood the deal? Telling the truth doesn’t get you the money. Plus they’ll want a few more words to make it sound sort of important and look like you’re addressing the theological and philosophical concerns that certain sections of Christianity have regarding evolutionary creationism – now and forevermore to be known as EC, along with ID and YEC.

    Perhaps you should leave it till the next round of grants which rumour has it will address the theological and philosophical concerns that certain sections of Christianity have regarding Gays, Blacks, Children, and Women?

    Anvil.

    You seem to miss understand. I was not claiming any grant or trying to. I was pointing out that you cannot resolve Christianity and Evolution.

  9. In reply to #11 by jason.markell.73:

    In reply to #10 by KeithSloan:

    Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.
    Unfortunately, Christianity is based on a direct peer-to-peer concept of communicating with their diety as apposed to catholicism which uses a priest as a medium. Its essential for christions to justify that link in order to maintain their beliefs. That said, watching them try to prove the 6000 year old earth idea with scientific ideas will be hilarious to watch.

    Don’t see that it makes any difference if the claimed communication is peer to peer of via a priest. There has to be something special about humans for God to send his son to Earth. Evolution our place in the cosmos, shows there is nothing special about us, therefore Christianity has to be false.

  10. The theory of the talking snake, explained by evolution?

    Reptiles without auditory facilities talking? Now that is erm………. interesting but if you really want to falsify evolution all they need to do is find a few fossil spiders with vestigial vertebrae and……………..Heh Heh Heh. The poor scared feeble minded still looking for evidence that they are special.

    Look on the bright side at least its money not spent on seminaries to turn out more mother theresas or looking after ratstrangler.

  11. Reconcile evoloution with the church, so going back to adam and eve, which one was black, which one was white, and which one was ,brown,olive,or red indian, and how come these days when we inbreed,the biological and mental outcomes are so bad?

  12. In reply to #10 by KeithSloan:

    Well I for one would say that Christianity requires than Man ( homosapien ) has a special relationship with God ( Assuming he exists ) Jesus being the son of god etc etc. To my mind evolution proves that there is nothing special about Man, we are just another evolved animal, so why would we justify a special relationship.

    My two children are just another pair of evolved animals. So is my husband, and my friends. They are all incredibly special to me. My cat is just an evolved mammal, but I’m very fond of her, shes special to me. I’m concerned about endangered species, they are special and unique products of evolution, but they’re just evolved animals so why should I care.

    Just because somethign evolved doesn’t mean it isn’t special to somebody. That argument doesn’t really hold water – and it is actually a favourite one of creationists.

  13. “reconcile scientific data on human origins with the biblical account of Adam and Eve”

    ok: scientific data on human origins points to a number of ape subspecies emerging in africa and radiating out through asia, europe, america and australasia. the only surviving line of subspecies, homo sapiens sapiens, which is the only known hominid existing today, was and is, according to scientific data, very good at telling stories and within the last few thousand years, developed methods of recording stories such that in some form, many of these stories still exist today.

    one of these stories is about 2 characters called Adam and Eve

    reconciled enough?

  14. I imagine the original donors of all the money will be overjoyed to hear that BioLogos is now so rich that it can afford to divert funds from the usual religious activities like missionary indoctrination, disaster relief, and support for poor third world communities into pseudo-scientific vanity projects performed by quack scientists in developed countries.

    On balance I think I would prefer them to continue their normal activities which, while they do recruit more sheep to be fleeced, at least have the side effect of educating and improving the quality of life for people in the third world, than taking the money and pointlessly wasting it

  15. Remember that, as Jerry points out in the original post, that these sort of awards from the Templeton Foundation are simply a gravy train. Many of those who have received grants have been connected to the foundation in one role or another. Their “research” does not need to make sense. As long as they can keep up the appearance of doing something sophisticated, the money will roll in. They really are a morally bankrupt organization.

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