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Recent BioLogos meeting in New York: Enthusiastic despite being a minority

In “Evangelical Evolutionists Meet in New York” (Christianity Today, 3/30/2012), Tim Stafford reports,

N. T. Wright, Tim Keller, John Ortberg among Biologos conference attendees.

Knowing that they are in a minority among Protestants did not limit the gathering’s enthusiasm. About 60 participants came by special invitation, with the proviso that their names would not be publicized without permission. This was intended to encourage open conversation on sensitive topics. Attending were such luminaries as N. T. Wright, Alister McGrath, John Ortberg, Tim Keller, Scot McKnight, Os Guinness, Joel Hunter, and Andy Crouch. Prominent scientists included Ian Hutchinson of MIT and Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Forty-one pastors and parachurch leaders participated.

One wonders about the wisdom of revealing the fact that 60 attendees did not want their names published without permission (as opposed to just not mentioning the matter). Anyone whose business it is can probably find out anyway, which makes it look – quite unnecessarily – as though the person was hiding something.

The March 20-22 conference was called “Theology of Celebration.”

See also: BioLogos. claims not to be Darwinist after all … and it’s not April 1 either

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