The Spiritual Journey of Homo Sapiens

Friday, October 9th 2020, 5:00pm
Online Public Forum,

Please join us for an online CTNS Public Forum:


The Spiritual Journey of Homo Sapiens


Dr. Jim Stump



We often talk of our individual spiritual journey -- the highs and the lows that have contributed to my becoming the person I am today. Perhaps we might speak in similar terms about the spiritual journey of our species. According to Christian theology, God intentionally created human beings to be God's image bearers. If that is so, we can see our evolutionary history as a preparation for that calling. Then the challenging times in our species' past might be understood along the lines of James 1:3-4, according to which we are tested to produce perseverance, so that we might become mature and complete. Yes, there was much death and suffering in our evolutionary past, and we may never fully understand why God chose to create through such a process. But we can at least gesture toward a response to this aspect of the problem of evil by acknowledging that the suffering our species endured and responded to has developed in us many of the capacities that allow us to carry out our calling as image bearers today.


Jim Stump is Vice President at BioLogos. He oversees the editorial team, participates in strategic planning, and hosts the podcast, Language of God. Jim also writes and speaks on behalf of BioLogos. He has a PhD in philosophy and was formerly a professor and academic administrator. His books include, Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design; Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the IssuesHow I Changed My Mind about Evolution; and The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity.


The forum will take place Friday, October 9 at 5pm (PDT). The discussion will be moderated by Robert John Russell, with the lecture followed by a brief question and answer period.  Please email to register.  Confirmation emails with Zoom link will be sent mid-September.  We look forward to seeing you there!