The BioLogos Foundation
|Purpose||"BioLogos invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as we present an evolutionary understanding of God's creation."|
|Headquarters||Grand Rapids, MI, United States|
The BioLogos Foundation is a Christian advocacy group established by Francis Collins in 2007. BioLogos aims to contribute to the discussion on the relationship between science and religion and emphasize a compatibility between science and Christian faith.
Francis Collins served as its president until he resigned on August 16, 2009 to become the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health. The presidency was then assumed by Darrel Falk, who retired at the end of 2012 after three years. On January 28, 2013, Deborah Haarsma became the new president, and Jeffrey Schloss the new Senior Scholar. Karl Giberson was also a member before leaving BioLogos in 2011.
Background and goals
After his book The Language of God was published in 2006, Collins says that he received thousands of e-mails from individuals seeking to explore the relationships between scripture and science. Collins established the BioLogos Foundation to provide responses to these questions and promote a view of harmony between science and faith.
The foundation promotes evolutionary creation as a narrower and more orthodox version of theistic evolution. That is, they affirm that God is the creator and affirm that evolution is the best scientific description of the process by which God brought about the diversity of life. Focusing on many components of contemporary science, the foundation helps solidify the relationship between Christianity and science. Topics including the multiverse, the Big Bang, abiogenesis, evolution, the geological time scale, climate change, and other major events in natural history are discussed and paralleled to Christian theism. Utilizing subjects such as particle physics, paleontology, climatology, cosmology, evolutionary psychology, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, astrophysics, molecular biology, oceanography, theoretical chemistry, biochemistry, geology, special relativity, genetics, zoology, paleoanthropology, hydrology, inorganic chemistry, atmospheric sciences, and hundreds of other natural science disciplines, the foundation gives tools and scientific information about understanding natural theology and the philosophical implications in Christianity and the Bible. Evangelicals are the foundation's primary audience; however, Collins says that he hopes that skeptics, seekers and believers of other faiths will find the website to be helpful.
The BioLogos Foundation has drawn criticism from both creationists and atheists. In response to a Time Magazine article about the foundation, Ken Ham, a young-earth creationist, said “it is compromisers like Collins who cause people to doubt and disbelieve the Bible—causing them to walk away from the church.” Ham discussed his opposition to The BioLogos Foundation in detail during his second annual "State of the Nation" address on February 17, 2009. Jerry Coyne, a professor of biology at the University of Chicago and secularist, calls the foundation the “latest endeavor to forcibly marry science and faith” and “embarrassing in its single-minded fervor to prove that conservative Christianity and evolution are really good buddies.”
BioLogos has also received praise and positive responses. Supporters of the BioLogos Foundation include Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, who claims the Foundation’s goal of “helping fundamentalists evolve can only be good for civilization," and Timothy Keller, author of The Reason for God and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City, who has stated that “the BioLogos foundation provides an important first step towards (a thoughtful dialogue between science and faith).”
Notes and references
- BioLogos website background page
- "New Leadershp for the BioLogos Foundation". Announcement of new BioLogos president and senior scholar. The BioLogos Foundation website. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "How is BioLogos different from Evolutionism, Intelligent Design, and Creationism?". BioLogos Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Interview with Francis Collins". Christianity Today. April 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- Time Magazine piece
- Ham, Ken (May 11, 2009). "Who Teaches This? You May Be Surprised". 'Around the World with AIG's Ken Ham'. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- Ken Ham "State of the Nation 2"(video)
- Coyne, Jerry (April 29, 2009). "Shoot me now: Francis Collins's new supernaturalist website". 'Why Evolution is True'. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- Parker, Kathleen (May 10, 2009). "An Evolution for Evangelicals". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- Quote from BioLogos.org
- The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis Collins
- Coming to Peace with Science , by Darrel Falk
- Origins, by Deborah and Loren Haarsma