The Sacred Chain
How Understanding Evolution Leads to Deeper Faith
by James Stump
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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 28 May 2024
A thought-provoking and eye-opening work by Jim Stump, Vice President at BioLogos and host of the Language of God podcast, offering a compelling argument about how evolution does not have to be at odds with faith, but can actually enrich and deepen it.
In this moving and deeply thoughtful book, Jim Stump takes readers with him on his journey to understanding evolution and reconciling it with his faith. The Sacred Chain draws on philosophy, theology, and the latest scientific research to tackle some of the biggest questions facing humanity and people of faith today, such as:
How can we hold the Bible as a sacred text and yet reconcile modern science with it?
By condensing noteworthy events in the history of our universe into one calendar week, what can we learn about God’s creative process and priorities, and where humans fit in?
If humans are created in the image of God, what does evolution have to teach us about our species and our place in creation?
What about the soul? How can we understand our transcendent qualities if the human body is the product of evolution?
How does evolutionary science help us understand how God might use pain and suffering for important and good purposes?
Does it have to be one or the other—science or religion—or is there a third way, one that not only preserves faith in the face of modern science, but leads to a stronger, more relevant, and more authentic faith?
Deeply researched and a delight to read, The Sacred Chain provides clarity in our uncertain times, revealing a bigger picture of our world and our place within it. It is a panorama consistent with the scientific findings about who we are and where we come from that can actually bolster our faith as it engages our curiosity about ourselves, our universe, and the nature of existence itself.