Statements of Principle
We are a community of committed Christians who wish to contend for the truth as revealed through the person of our Lord Jesus Christ and through God’s Word, the Bible.
We hold a high view of Scripture and contend that no human authority can transcend the authority of the Word of God. We humbly submit to His Word, even to those parts that are hard to understand. We confess that there is much we do not know.
We accept by faith the clear teaching of Scripture that the God of Scripture is Creator, as described in narrative prose in Genesis 1 and 2, and that the creation was miraculous, as witnessed through the whole of Scripture.
We accept by faith, but also by careful scholarship, that the Biblical account of history is true. Scientific principles and historical principles both provide support for the veracity of Biblical history, starting from the miraculous creation of time, space, matter and energy; to the miraculous creation of life; to the miraculous creation of Adam and Eve; to the real consequences of a literal fall; to the devastation of a global cataclysm which flooded the entire world and destroyed all its land-dwelling air-breathing life except that miraculously preserved in the ark Noah had built; to a diaspora of families, languages, and cultures out of the Middle East after the tower of Babel; to the establishment of the Hebrew people as a conduit for human redemption; to a literal Exodus; to the unfolding of Israel’s history leading to the first coming of Christ via His miraculous virgin birth; to Christ’s public ministry punctuated by miraculous signs including raising individuals from the dead; to His own literal death by crucifixion, His burial in a sealed tomb, followed by His bodily resurrection three days later; to His tangible appearances to His disciples on several occasions during the forty days following His resurrection; to His visible ascension into heaven; to the miraculous falling of the Holy Spirit during the feast of Pentecost upon His followers who were gathered together in Jerusalem; to the miraculous empowerment of His disciples after Pentecost and the subsequent explosive growth of the church despite opposition and persecution; to the clear and certain prediction of Christ’s second coming.
We hold a high view of science. We are committed to high standards of academic integrity and rigorous use of the scientific method. We assert that science arose in the context of Christian faith and that most of the founders of science shared our Christian views. We reject the false characterization that Christian faith stands in opposition to science or endangers science in any way.
We wish to exhort ourselves, and all of our fellow believers, to reflect the character of Jesus. This means that we must be humble, we must seek reconciliation with those with whom we have quarreled or disputed, and we must speak the truth in love.
Our Approach to Research
At Logos we wish to produce very high quality research. We recognize that like all scientists, we are subject to personal bias, and can never be perfectly objective. For this reason we carefully consider competing models and explanations (we are very aware of the competing evolution perspectives). We strive to include in our work minimal unspoken assumptions. Wherever possible we attempt to include appropriate positive and negative controls in our experimental designs. We double check our results and document our methodology so that our work can be repeated by others.
Like the founding fathers of science, we believe in a God of order – who is always honest and true. Therefore, we do our best to guard our scientific integrity, and we trust that honest and open investigation will support our broader thesis. We do not feel compelled to force-fit our results to match our expectations, our hopes, or the consensus of the day. We realize that a diversity of views and models can enrich the scientific community and should provide the best opportunity to discover what is really true.
The Importance of Genesis 1-11
Since its inception, Logos Research Associates has been committed both to a high view of Scripture and to a high view of science. We contend, contrary to popular perception, that good science strongly and consistently affirms Scripture. We acknowledge that this view is rejected in most academic circles today, and even within many Christian circles. While we earnestly seek to contend for the faith, we are at the same time committed to demonstrating respect toward fellow Christian believers who do not agree with us. This motivates us to find ways to defend what we believe to be true while not offending or denigrating other earnest Christians.We humbly look to God for the wisdom and grace to help us be faithful on both counts.
We at Logos Research Associates are convinced that the first 11 chapters of Genesis are foundational to the coherence of the rest of the Scripture, and so we cannot in good faith minimize their face-value meaning – as so many urge us to do. In humility we are convinced that good science allows us to defend Genesis 1-11 as genuine history. There are four prominent reasons we view these chapters as so foundational.
First, we are persuaded that Scripture clearly describes and builds upon a miraculous and perfect creation which originally was free of sin, death, suffering, disease, parasitism, and predation. The perfect creation described in Genesis 1 and 2 is a fundamental reflection of God’s own perfect character. The perfect nature of the pre-Fall world is in fact a powerful picture of the heavenly state which is the eager expectation of every true Christian. To reject a perfect and miraculous creation calls the character of God into question, undermines the veracity of Scripture, and diminishes the glimpses Scripture gives us into the reality of heaven.
Secondly, we are persuaded that the description of a literal Fall in Genesis 3 provides the only coherent explanation today for the origin of natural evil, human sin, suffering, disease, parasitism, and predation. Most of the rest of Scripture reveals the mind-numbing consequences of the Fall as well as the nature of the spiritual war which still rages around us. Rejecting a literal Fall not only brings the character of God into question (is God the author of evil?), but leaves the origin of death and suffering entirely unanswered. More importantly, if in reality there was no Fall, and the human race did not in reality acquire a sin nature as a result, then the proposition that we actually can and do commit acts of rebellion against God is undermined. If our actions are only natural impulses, then there is no basis for judgment, we do not need to be saved, and Christ had no reason to go to the cross.
Thirdly, catastrophic judgment in the form of a global Flood (Genesis 6-9) is foundational to understanding the Scriptural themes of God’s holiness, His unconditional requirement for justice, and His need to purge away evil. It is only in this light that we can understand the need for the Mosaic Law, for atoning sacrifice for sin, and for the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross. To reject the Flood blurs the certain reality of the coming final judgment. It calls into question Christ’s description of the world conditions just prior to His return, which He likens to the time just prior to the Flood of Genesis (Mat 24:37-39).
Lastly, if there was no Flood then there was no Tower of Babel event (Genesis 10-11), and therefore no adequate explanation for the astonishing diversity of ethnic groups and languages we observe in the human population today.
For nearly 2000 years, these basic truth claims concerning the history of the world (a perfect original Creation, the Fall, and a global Flood judgment) have been foundational to our understanding of the Gospel. However, in light of modern interpretations of certain scientific evidences, some now say that believing such things is simply no longer possible. Many good, intelligent, honest, Christian believers say the scientific evidence now demands that we must set aside the face-value meaning of Genesis 1-11 (and many other parts of Scripture) to accommodate certain modern scientific findings. The following article tries to explain, in good faith and with Christian love, why those Scriptures are simply too important to dismiss, and why good science allows, and sometimes even seems to require, a Genesis 1-11 understanding of world history.
To our brethren who are committed to the “old earth” perspective, we wish to re-affirm that we consider you our brothers and sisters in Christ, we respect your differing perspective, and we understand the complexity of the scientific issues being debated.
See also a more indepth article on, The Importance of Genesis 1-11, by John Baumgardner, Bill Hoesch, and Alicia Hoesch.