Founded by Francis Collins, who resigned when he became director of the National Institutes of Health, BioLogos had the goal of turning evangelical Christians towards accepting evolution. They proposed to do this by showing literalist Christians that the Bible and Darwin were completely compatible. It didn’t work of course.
Efforts stalled, and BioLogos began engaging in all sorts of crazy apologetics, many of them trying to show how Adam and Eve—a couple that genetics tells us could not have spawned all humanity—could still somehow be human ancestors, ergo that Jesus didn’t have to die for a metaphor.
In the end, BioLogos went for the coward’s solution, refusing to take a firm stand on whether Adam and Eve really existed. This, of course, was profoundly contradictory to their pro-science approach. In their desire to reconcile Darwin and Jesus, they watered down the Darwin. That is the inevitable result when one tries to turn literalists toward science.
Then two of BioLogos’s important people resigned: Biblical scholar Pete Enns and Vice-President Karl Giberson, I suspect because of differences in how to approach those Darwin-unfriendly Christians. The housecleaning continued: President Darrel Falk resigned at the end of last year.
Two days ago a little mole told me that BioLogos was about to name a new president, so I asked Sigmund to watch the website and report back to us. And, with his usual diligence, he has. Ladies and gentlemen, the Big Announcement:
BioLogos announces a new President
The evolution of BioLogos towards becoming a purely religious apologetic organization continues with yesterday’s appointment of its new President. Deborah Haarsma, a Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, replaces Darrel Falk, who stepped down at the end of 2012.