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


Shifting attitudes toward creationism – is climate change the missing link?

Shifting attitudes toward creationism – is climate change the missing link?

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 read on
Has the inflation bubble burst?

Has the inflation bubble burst?

This past March an announcement of major cosmological significance was made by the BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization #2) collaboration.  The effect of gravitational waves from the primordial inflation of the universe on the cosmic microwave background radiation had been detected.  This not only supported the inflationary model of the beginning of our read on

Telescopes to Tanzania begins crowdfunding campaign

What began as a simple effort to bring the wonder of astronomy to a secondary school in Tanzania in 2010 has now expanded and is raising money to build The Center for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa to train teachers and provide educational resources that will have a long-lasting impact in the region. read on

Fossil Fuel divestment a growing trend among religious institutions

The trustees of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York are the latest group to consider and unanimously vote to begin divesting from fossil fuels from the school’s $108 million endowment. Union Theological Seminary is the first seminary to take this dramatic step in the battle against global climate change. Union President read on

Wyoming church officials endorse state science education standards

The Wyoming Association of Churches has recently endorsed the Next Generation Science Standards, which have also gained approval of science educators. Earlier this year educators said that the criticisms of the NGSS do not take into account what they know of the nature of science, the nature of scientific literacy and how students learn science. read on

Percentage of Americans with ‘creationist’ views dips slightly

The Gallup organization finds that more than four in 10 Americans (42%) continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. That percentage, which is measured annually by pollsters, is down from the 46% in 2012, but up from 40% in 2011. Half of Americans believe humans evolved with the read on