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What is BioLogos?


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BioLogos is the name of an organization that promotes theistic evolution. Their slogan is “science and faith in harmony,” and they seek to show that science and faith do not have to be mutually exclusive. One of the central claims of BioLogos is that God began the process of evolution, making Him responsible for origins, but they deny the biblical account of creation plus the verity of any of the miraculous (supernatural) stories in the Bible. Based on scientific evidence, i.e., what we can observe of the natural world, BioLogos claims that the six-day creation and various other supernatural events in the Bible cannot possibly be true. BioLogos acknowledges the existence of sin in the world, but they have no answer to how sin infected humanity. BioLogos looks to evolution and archaeology for insight, but those studies provide no explanation of sin.

BioLogos places the authority of science (the study of God’s work) above the authority of theology (the study of God’s Word). When the interpretation of one seems to conflict with the interpretation of the other, BioLogos invariably chooses to side with science, as currently understood, and they automatically throw out any biblical reference to miracles as “unscientific.” There are some big problems with this approach.

First, science does not preclude the miraculous. Arthur C. Clarke, a noted science fiction author, said, “Magic is simply science that we don’t understand yet,” a statement that highlights the limitations of science. Just because we don’t understand how God accomplished a miracle does not mean He was unable to accomplish it. Christians believe that God is omnipotent and that He upholds the entire universe by the “word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Consider the story of Joshua’s army and the sun standing still—a story that many people find utterly unbelievable and scientifically irrational. Joshua needed daylight to defeat the Amorites, so God stepped in, and “the sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day” (Joshua 10:13). In order for the sun to stop (skeptics point out), the earth would have to stop in its rotation, which would destroy all life on the planet. But this is not the only possible explanation of how God performed the miracle. Even if He did stop the earth’s rotation, could not the all-powerful, all-wise God have compensated for the lack of rotation and preserved life on earth? Christians do not say, “Based on science, this or that is impossible”; they say, “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Second, science does not explain the supernatural. God inhabits the supernatural world, a realm that science is incapable of measuring, testing, or explaining. Science is the study of what is natural—it does not inform us about the supernatural. BioLogos, in promoting the primacy of science, says that miracles (and therefore all things supernatural) cannot exist because science cannot explain them. If a person rejects the existence of the supernatural, he cannot be a Christian, because Christian theology depends heavily upon supernatural occurrences such as the virgin birth of Christ, the atonement, the resurrection of Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All these doctrines are essential to Christianity and cannot be done away with, regardless of what science says.

Third, science is not infallible. Take, for example, radiometric dating, which assumes that, by calculating the current rate of decay of certain observable elements, we can calculate backwards to determine the age of the earth. But recent discoveries in the field have shown that decay rates may not be constant over time ( and that the earth might actually be between 4,000 and 14,000 years old. Evolutionists often criticize Christian beliefs for being axiomatic—not subject to change based on new information—but the science world has its axioms as well. Radiometric dating is one such cornerstone, for the simple reason that natural selection depends on incredibly long periods of time. If the earth is young, evolution cannot have occurred.

If nothing else, these considerations should make it clear that there is more room for doubt than evolutionists claim. There is no solid reason to throw away our Christian beliefs or to adulterate them, as BioLogos does, in favor of the claims of science.

Recommended Resource: Battle for the Beginning: Creation, Evolution, and the Bible by John MacArthur

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