C. Kavin Rowe, Professor of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School, has written a post exploring “traditioned innovation” as a biblical way of thinking. “Traditioned innovation,” he suggests, “is a way of thinking and living that points toward the future in light of the past, a habit of being that requires both a deep fidelity to the tradition that has borne us to the present and a radical openness to the innovations that will carry us forward.” Navigating through the biblical narrative of creation, fall, election, redemption, and consummation, Rowe shows how God’s pattern of creating and redeeming contains both innovation and fidelity to tradition. Traditioned innovation can provide a helpful framework for the church as it wrestles with its tradition and the findings of modern science. Be sure to check out Rowe’s full article, Traditioned innovation: A biblical way of thinking. This was first published at Faith & Leadership.
Pull Up A Seat: Venturing to the Other Side of the Dialogue Table
It's always a provocative experiment when an "outsider" takes part in a community in which they naturally do not belong. So when Jason Rosenhouse, an atheist and math professor, wrote Among the Creationists, a memoir about his experience attending Intelligent Design and Creationist conferences, we asked our friend, Todd Wood, to write a review. Todd, a young age creationist, attends a conference every year of evolutionary biologists, listening, eating lunch and talking shop alongside people with whom he substantively disagrees. As such, we couldn't think of a better person to review Rosenhouse's new book than our friend, Todd Wood. Read on for what Todd discovered...(Rosenhouse Review)
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!
Over at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog, a recent post raises some questions that are relevant to some of our concerns here at The Colossian Forum regarding scientists losing their faith. Take a look and read the questions at the end.
Someone asked me this week where she can find the most definitive statement on the intentions of The Colossian Forum. I told her to go to our website and read through our Manifesto. We invite you to take a look at it, too, if you want to know more about what we're doing. We would also like to draw your attention to a brief audio series we will run on the blog soon. Graham Tomlin and Jane Williams will discuss Richard Dawkins on their GodPod, which is brought to us by St. Paul's Theological Centre in London. Stay tuned!
Are you hoping to end the summer with some good reading? If you would like to see what our writers are saying about the latest books, take a look at the book reviews section on our website. And for recommended reading, see our bibliography.