• Covalence for September 2017

    Covalence for September 2017

     God himself will milk the cows through him whose vocation that is. –  attributed to Martin Luther This month in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we once again look at science from the viewpoint of Christian vocation. It is important as many studying science may not believe their faith is integral to read on

  • Covalence for July - August 2017

    Covalence for July/August 2017

    This month features an interesting article from our theological editor George Murphy, “God is not a pinhead,” where he writes of physics and mathematics in relation to God in this insightful two-part series. There are also a number of interesting classes for seminarians being offered in the fall semester as well as new events on read on

  • Covalence for June 2017

    Covalence for June 2017: The ethical implications of CRISPR technology

    The topic of this month’s issue — Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats — does not sound like something that could drastically change our daily lives. CRISPR-CaS 9 (as it is commonly referred to) is being closely watched by scientists and ethicists for potential impact on the human genome. An ecumenical group of church leaders read on

  • Learning opportunities aplenty

    Covalence for May 2017: Learning opportunities aplenty

    This month we look at what seminarian students learned about theology in spending time at an aquarium with their professor. Reverend William P. Brown’s course in Old Testament took an untraditional route to the end of the semester, which he wrote about in an essay we publish this month. We also look at what impact read on

  • Covalence for February 2017

    Covalence for February 2017

    In our first issue of 2017, we look back at the success of a unique program that blended seminary classes with timely scientific topics — Science for Seminaries. There are plenty of educational opportunities for the public and for educators in our Calendar section, and information on a new MOOC at Dartmouth that promises to read on

Features

Seeing and believing as a scientist

Seeing and believing as a scientist

Seeing and believing as a scientist Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 edition of the Lutheran Forum. It is published here with the author’s permission. I am an experimental particle physicist, working as the Run Coordinator of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment in the Large Hadron Collider located at the read on

Commentary

Affirming science in the congregation is a challenge worth thinking about anew

Affirming science in the congregation is a challenge worth thinking about anew

So something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately in reviewing our new web resources and talking to people in my own congregation is, how can we honor science as a vocation within our worship service and liturgy? I recently brought this up at our church’s worship and music committee meeting, so I’m open to read on

News

Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology compiles religion and science resource master list

The Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology (LAFST) has introduced a new resources section on its website. These resources may prove useful in organizing or facilitating discussions regarding Christian faith and science.  Most of the web links connect to other sites. Included in the grouping are curricula, information on religion and science organizations, science read on

New book explores a ‘theology of cancer’

A new book from Leonard Hummel and Gayle Woloschak explores more than what cancer is — it looks for God is in the complex evolutionary development of all cancers. Published by Cascade Books, the book was released in July. Leonard Hummel is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Director of Supervised Clinical Ministry read on

University of Chicago starts science and religion course this fall

The University of Chicago announced a new course within its Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies that focuses on faith and science. The course “Science and Religion: From Confrontation to Dialogue Part 1,” will be taught on September 26 and November 14 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. According to the course description it will read on

Well-known Lutheran astronomer discovers new evidence of star formation

A research team led by Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase, an Adler Planetarium astronomer and scholar active in the religion and science dialogue, has discovered new evidence of stars forming in our Milky Way Galaxy. The team used a telescope equipped to detect infrared light invisible to our eyes and the findings reveal how stars, including our read on

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