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


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

Neuroscience, theology and violence: a new focus for popular lecture series

The Siena Center at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, is bringing together voices from the scientific and theological community to discuss the implications of violence and how these two disciplines might respond. According to Rachel Hart Winter, director of St. Catherine of Siena Center at Dominican, the theme of “Sin and Pathology: Theology, Neuroscience read on

University of Chicago Divinity School looks to hire professor in environmental ethics

The University of Chicago Divinity School plans to fill an appointment for a new, tenure-track assistant professor position in Environmental Ethics. According to the job posting, candidates should be qualified to teach and direct research in Environmental Ethics (e.g., the value of and duties towards biotic realities, non-living realities and ecosystems, environmental criticism, animal rights, read on

Jesuit brother wins American Astronomical Society honors

Brother Guy Consolmagno will receive the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Communication in Planetary Science at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in November. The annual awards presentation for the Department of Planetary Sciences within the AAS honors research, exploration and even journalism in the field of planetary science. Brother Guy as read on

A New Clergy Climate Letter

The Clergy Letter Project is looking to promote “a broader and more scientific understanding of the many ways humans interact with the natural world” through the new “Clergy Climate Letter.” The Clergy Climate Letter was developed in partnership with Interfaith Power and Light and the National Center for Science Education. It reads as follows: We, read on