• 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 April 2017

    Covalence for April 2017

    Communicating the religion and science story is the theme of this month’s issue, which features an essay from Leslie Wickman on the history of the American Scientific Affiliation. This group is growing and currently totals 3,000 scientists who are also Christian, while the number of American scientists identifying themselves as Christians is an estimated 3.6 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


God is not a pinhead

God is not a pinhead

Scientific American in May 1963 published theoretical physicist Paul Dirac’s article “The Evolution of the Physicist’s Picture of Nature.” It was my last year as a physics undergraduate and the article described important steps in development of relativity and quantum theory and also suggested future developments. Dirac emphasized the importance of “beautiful mathematics” in describing read on


When the answers do not come easy

When the answers do not come easy

Looking for evidence-supported answers only to find more questions may be frustrating, but this search is by no means a useless endeavor when it comes to faith and science. Many beginning the religion-and-science journey start out with something to prove. Sometimes it is for validation of the faith they grew up with, and other times read on


Researchers pinpoint a connection between religion and health

A Vanderbilt University study found that people who attend services at a church, synagogue or mosque are less stressed and live longer. The research included adult men and women ages 40-65 in examining the relationship between religiosity (i.e. church attendance) and the cause of mortality in middle-aged adults. Those who attended church or other houses read on

Yale Divinity School unveils new ecology degree program for religion students

Yale Divinity School (YDS) will be accepting students this fall for a new concentrated ecology program of study in the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree path. The Religion and Ecology concentration draws on faculty resources across the theological disciplines, including biblical studies, ethics, liturgical studies, pastoral care, spirituality, theology and world religions and read on

‘Artificial Intelligence and Apocalypse’ topic of two-day symposium in the UK

The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM) will hold a two-day symposium (April 6 and 7, 2018) on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and apocalypse and a call for academic papers is now underway. Organizers point to the stunning defeat of elite players of the Chinese game ‘Go’ by read on

Gallup poll finds percentage of Americans with creationist views is declining

The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years has hit a new low: 38%. This is the lowest percentage in 35 years, but interestingly, roughly the same percentage say humans evolved, but that God guided the process. Pollsters also said that less-educated Americans read on

Faith and science workshop on human germ-line editing coming up in October

Scientists, theologians and ethicists plan to host a unique workshop on human germ-line editing on October 6 and 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event, “God and Human Suffering: Conversations on 21st Century Genetics and Our Shared Future”, is sponsored by the University of Utah: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics and UCEER read on

Chicago area seminary students to discuss ‘an evolutionary theology of cancer’

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be offering a new course this fall for Chicago area theological students called “Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer” that will be chaired by Dr. Lea Schweitz and Dr. Leonard Hummel. The course offering is open to 12 area theological schools and the University of read on


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