Creationism for the first time in a few years doesn’t seem to be on the rise, if the latest Gallup poll numbers are anything to go by. Just over 40% of Americans still identify with the idea that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. Some 49% of those surveyed, however, believe that humans evolved.

There is much more to the story, including viewpoints of science educators, church groups and others in this month’s edition of Covalence.

George Murphy also takes a closer look at the origins of the universe through some recent findings with the BICEP2 project in this issue.

Covalence is taking off the month of August, but will be back online in September.

Thanks again for your support and enjoy summer!

Susan Barreto

Editor, Covalence


Science in the Seminaries: Grants help future pastors engage with science

Science in the Seminaries: Grants help future pastors engage with science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), thanks to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has awarded grants to 10 seminaries to integrate science into their core theological curricula. Courses, events, and campus activities are on tap across the US, as theological schools ponder how to prepare pastors to engage with science read on

Comptemporary theologians look at theories of creation in new book

A new book edited by theologian Thomas Jay Oord is a collection of essays on alternative theories of creation and explores a variety of ideas about creation out of nothing, also known as ‘creatio ex nihilo.’ The book, Creatio Ex Nihilo and Its New Rivals, was recently released by Routledge. “A number of scholars today, read on

Everyday morality: What does religion have to do with it?

While many may view religion as a driver of morality, a new study published in the journal Science is providing a new view of moral behavior through the use of technology. The research found no significant differences in moral behavior or judgment between religious and non-religious persons. What researchers did find was that good deeds read on

E.T.’s likely impact on religion becomes popular topic among astronomers

Two new books are concerned with E.T.’s religion as well as what an extra terrestrial’s potential impact on world religions. Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller SJ ask the intriguing question of “Would you baptize an extraterrestial?” This is the title of their latest book Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? And Other read on
A natural question of faith

A natural question of faith

What is natural? A deceptively simple question, but when it comes to what we eat, how we behave and perhaps even in how we view religion it becomes more complicated. The question about what is “natural” is being discussed with increasing frequency among Christians as well as in marketing departments as they design food packaging. read on
Genetic corn (By  Linda Bartlett, [Public Domain] via Flickr)

GMOs and protection of ‘nature': Does the Christian tradition offer a distinctive perspective?

The social, ecological and theological implications of genetically modified food crops were among the issues coming before the last General Convention of The Episcopal Church. At that convention, in July 2012, The Episcopal Church adopted a resolution A013, “Study Genetically Modified Crops  calling for study and development of recommendations to empower the 2015 General Convention to read on