Colossian Blog
September 3, 2012 | Matthew Dodrill

Tim Stafford on “A Tale of Two Scientists” and “Science as a Gift”

Tim Stafford of Christianity Today recently wrote a piece titled A Tale of Two Scientists: What Really Happened ‘in the Beginning.’ There Stafford highlights the faith stories and intellectual pursuits of Todd Wood, a young-earth creationist and director of the Center for Origins Research, and Darrel Falk, an evolutionary creationist and president of the Biologos Foundation. This feature story is the first chapter of a forthcoming book by Stafford, a project commissioned and underwritten by The Colossian Forum.

Along with Stafford’s Christianity Today piece, he also sat down with us to discuss the church’s obligation to accept science as a gift.

This is a fascinating piece and an insightful film. We encourage you to take a look!

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