In 2005 we published our book Paradigms on Pilgrimage: Creationism, Paleontology, and Biblical Interpretation. It tells the stories of our two journeys as a paleontologist and pastor/biblical scholar. It recounts how we were each taught a young-earth, scientific-creationist position in our younger years and how we eventually came to embrace understandings that are more modest, tentative and nuanced, but which we ultimately have also found more satisfying, durable and empowering. This was the result of a process that required years of study and reflection, and which included times of frustration and disillusionment as well as moments of liberating insight. The book has now gone out of print and as a result we are able to make the text available online here to anyone who’s interested. We invite your comments and questions on each post, as well as general Q&A and discussion about religion and science, faith and reason, in light of the whole book. (Comments may be edited for length, content, and tone.) Thanks for reading along, and we look forward to interacting with you!
Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey
Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith
Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey is Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is a biblical scholar, retired pastor, freelance writer-editor, and consultant to Bible publishers and translators.