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Karl Giberson, Ph.D
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Karl Giberson, Ph.D, is a leading scholar of science & religion, a topic on which he has written several books and hundreds of articles, essays, reviews, and blogs.

He is the former President of the BioLogos Foundation (www.biologos.org), founded by Francis Collins to help Christians make peace with science. He is an active participant in America’s creation/evolution controversy and has published in many outlets including Salon.com, Edge.org, Discover, The Weekly Standard, and Perspectives of Science & Faith. He has also written or co-authored seven books: Worlds Apart: The Unholy War Between Science and Religion; Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story; Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion, which has been published in Italian and Spanish; Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution, which was recognized by The Washington Post as a “Best of 2008” book; The Language of Science & Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions (with Francis Collins); Quantum Leap: How John Polkinghorne Found God in Science & Religion (with Dean Nelson); and The Anointed: America’s Evangelical Experts, (with Randall Stephens).

Giberson is a popular speaker and has lectured about science-and-religion internationally, including at Oxford University, MIT, the Venice Institute for Arts and Science, the Etore Majorana Center in Sicily and colleges and universities in the United States. In 2006 he spoke at the Vatican on "America's Ongoing Hostility to Darwinism.” Contact him directly at kgiberson@Stonehill.edu for speaking engagements.

Giberson is a professor at Stonehill College, where he teaches writing, and Science-and-Religion in the Cornerstone Program. He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation.

His website contains additional information: www.karlgiberson.com

Entries by Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Ham-on-Nye Debate: 'Anti-Science Guy' Automatically Wins

(136) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:56 AM

The media is buzzing with news of the upcoming debate between Bill Nye the "Science Guy" and Ken Ham, America's leading young earth creationist the "anti-Science Guy." Much of the buzz has come from allies of Bill Nye, telling him to avoid climbing on stage with Ham to debate the...

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Leading Scholar of Science and Religion Passes Away

(29) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Ian Barbour, who almost single-handedly founded the scholarly study of science and religion, died over Christmas. He was 90 years old, and for the last half-century he towered over the developing field of science and religion.

Prior to Barbour's work the interaction of science and religion was dominated by...

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‪Teaching About God and Science Revisited

(786) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Dr. Hedin's course at Ball State University on the "Boundaries of Science" remains in the news, with the New Atheists, led by Jerry Coyne, waging a war of words with the senior fellows at the Discovery Institute.

I often find myself caught between the extreme views coming from these...

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Teaching Students About God and Science

(452) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Physicist Eric Hedin is headlining the Culture Wars right now because of his class at Ball State University on the "Boundaries of Science." Critics and supporters are deeply polarized about the propriety of this class, which the syllabus says "will examine the nature of the physical and the living world...

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Evolution's Refusal to Die

(666) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:51 PM

The most interesting strategy employed by anti-evolutionists over the last century and a half has been to report that "Darwinism is Dead" or "Evolution has Collapsed." The exercise is all but meaningless in terms of scientific discussion but it's a marvelous culture war strategy, requiring almost no effort to get...

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Why Americans Love Creationism

(603) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:21 PM

I was sobered while watching a recent conversation on HuffPost Live about America's troubled conversation over origins. Nominally about recent attempts in Louisiana to get creationism into the public schools, the wide-ranging conversation shines a remarkable light on the country's century-long battle over creation vs. evolution.

All...

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The Evolution of Anti-Evolutionism

(227) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Anti-evolution bills continue to circulate in school districts across the country. The concerns that motivate the bills are now about a century old, first making headlines in the famous trial of John Scopes, on trial for disobeying a Tennessee law known as the Butler Act passed in 1925. The law...

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Pope Benedict Was a Friend of Science

(180) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 4:09 PM

The complicated and ancient drama of selecting a new pope will soon begin with the departure of Pope Benedict, our planet's most important spiritual leader. His successor will embrace a tumultuous set of challenges at a critical time in the history of Christianity.

An underappreciated achievement of Pope Benedict...

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Science, Religion and Embryos

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:30 AM

A friend of mine is in the late stages of a tragic pregnancy that will lead either to a stillborn baby or, at best, to a baby that will struggle for a few hours and die. The prognosis was made early on and the decision to take the baby to...

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Young Earth Creationism Is a Threat to American Survival

(1587) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 11:51 AM

The ruckus about Rubio's relationship to geology continues unabated. And my attempt last week to deflect attention from him to the larger problem of science literacy in the United States has been misinterpreted as a defense of Rubio's position and a lack of appreciation for the relevance.

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Marco Rubio's Geological Cliff

(150) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 12:52 PM

The science blogosphere is alive with condemnations of Marco Rubio for being vague on the age of the earth. In a much-discussed interview with GQ, the Tea Party favorite said he thinks there are "multiple theories out there on how the universe was created." The earth, says Rubio, may have...

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Is Evolution Satan's Great Lie?

(974) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell," according to U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga. They are not scientific theories supported by mountains of evidence, as scientists would have us believe. They are a part of Satan's grand plan to keep people "from...

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If Only We Could Edit the Bible

(162) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 9:06 AM

I have often wondered--quietly and usually to myself--what would happen if we could edit the Bible. After all, textbooks get edited and publishers bring out new and improved versions that are more in tune with how things are, instead of how things were. Wouldn't it be good if some ecumenical...

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Science and Religion Peace Talks Remain Controversial

(242) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI created a new foundation to promote constructive dialog between science and faith, something we desperately need (CNA/EWTN News). The initiative draws on years of conversation coordinated by Science & the Ontological Quest (STOQ), a project funded in part by the Templeton Foundation. I made...

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God and the God Particle

(246) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Physics is grand. It's the grandest of the many achievements of our species -- greater than music, greater than art, greater than our omni-present consumer marketplace with its daily provision of ever-smarter phones and ever-stupider advertisements.

When physics shows up on our doorstep, as it does when we purchase...

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Mythologizing Evolution Revisited

(172) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 9:38 AM

My last post, "Mythologizing Evolution," generated quite a bit of controversy and not a little hostility. Some of this was my own fault for not anticipating some confusion about the meaning of the word "myth" as I was using it.

The confusion about the word "myth" in my...

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Mythologizing Evolution

(362) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 12:09 PM

A prominent new atheist blogger has just completed a week-long series paying homage to the great journalist H. L. Mencken, best known for his coverage of the 1925 Scopes Trial. The series represents ongoing efforts to enhance the mythology of evolution, efforts that have been particularly successful when...

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The Wonder Of The Universe

(39) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 3:25 PM

"Why is there something rather than nothing?" This simple-sounding question has been at the heart of discussions about the existence of God as long as there have been such discussions.

Physicist and popular author Lawrence Krauss offers his answer in his new book, "A Universe from Nothing." Actually,...

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Take an Atheist to Church

(421) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Atheists often talk about religion like scientists at the Center for Disease Control talk about plagues and epidemics -- unambiguously bad things that we should work to eliminate. There is a difference, however. The scientists at the CDC know what they are talking about because they have studied epidemics. Their...

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Rebuilding the Evangelical Mind Requires Courage

(65) Comments | Posted March 3, 2012 | 8:00 AM

This spring semester, California's Biola University, among the nation's largest evangelical institutions, opens the doors of its ambitious new Center for Christian Thought. Resembling institutions such as Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, Biola's center seeks to bring a mix of senior and postdoctoral fellows to campus to collaborate with internal...

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