It has been more than twenty years since Philip Hefner’s book The Human Factor: Evolution, Culture, and Religion was published by Fortress Press. Now is just the right time to look back and see just how the theological concept of the created co-creator lines up with today’s science. In this combined December/January issue of Covalence we reflect on our modern telling of the human story.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Susan Barreto


Science, Salvation and You: A new perspective on atonement?

MODELS OF ATONEMENT: Speaking about Salvation in a Scientific World by George L. Murphy.  Minneapolis, MN:  Lutheran University Press, 2013.  145 pages. Paperback; $18.00.  ISBN:  978-1-932688-85-6. ‘It’s like counting angels dancing on the head of a pin!  Who cares about all this faith-science talk?  What does it possibly have to do with the Gospel?  With read on
What is it all about then?

What is it all about then?

Just mentioning the words ‘religion and science’ can often elicit quizzical glances, especially in congregations where the two words are barely uttered in the same sentence. Part of the reason for that may be that science isn’t viewed by many as something that is even relevant to the aims of the church. Salvation is thought read on

New interdisciplinary journal brings together religion, science and culture

Science, Religion and Culture is a new academic journal that crosses religious traditions, the sciences, philosophy and theology that recently published its first issue. The editorial board includes many active participants in the religion and science dialogue including Covalence Theological Editor George Murphy. The Journal’s Editor-in-Chief is Gregg Caruso, Chair of the Humanities Department at read on

Clergy’s contributions to astronomy highlighted at Adler Planetarium

A unique event held last month at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium drew in clergy and scientists, some of whom are also ordained, into broad discussions of cosmic origins, the map of the universe and history of astronomy. The highlights though were the presentations relating to clergy contributions to science and the discussion of potential for expansion read on

Rice University study reveals mismatched views of religion/science

A new study coming out of Rice University claims that the public’s view that science and religion can’t work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress and runs counter to the actual beliefs of religious groups and scientists, particularly those who are religious. The findings come from a survey of more than 10,000 Americans, read on