11 October 2007

More required reading

As a Christian biologist (and now Christian biologist blogger), one of my goals is to help Christians understand biology. And right now, that means I need to focus on helping Christians see the worthlessness of most of the ideas in the Intelligent Design movement, and especially to help Christians see how embracing ID is both theologically and intellectually unwise.

Well, John Farrell is a an ally, and he's a great read. Check out his blog, at Farrellmedia, which he describes as "reports and commentary on the news, science, and creative ends of the media." Among other things, Farrell seems to be particularly interested in (and annoyed by) the enthusiasm of conservative publications like The American Spectator and National Review for the ideas of ID. (I don't follow those publications closely at all anymore, but I have noticed with alarm the fondness for ID that is displayed at Books and Culture.) I've added one of his books, The Day Without Yesterday, to my must-read list. (Just what I need. I haven't even finished The Sonnets.) Last month, a post on John's blog spawned a long discussion at Touchstone. Enlightening, in various ways.

I've also added The Fire and the Rose to my blog list. It's the blog of one D.W. Congdon, a seminary student at Princeton. There you'll find some interesting discussion of theology, science, and, most notably for me, concepts of the soul and the Imago Dei. One of my favorite posts: "Can we still speak of the soul?" My best friend is mentioned in that article.

Finally, I recommend Gordon Glover's blog, based on his book Beyond the Firmament. I haven't read the book (Steve Martin reviews and recommends it over at Evangelical Dialogue on Evolution), but Gordon's comments here and his work on the blog make it clear that he and I have a very similar approach to science and faith.

Now before I get back to work on my slowly-gestating article on evolution of new proteins, I thought I should explain why my articles don't come out every three hours: I'm actually a working scientist -- currently on sabbatical in the lab of a friend and collaborator -- and, well, doing experiments is just as fun as writing about them.

Take that, PZ.

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