The theme for this round-up is human beings: where did we come from?
The annual Evangelical Theological Society conference was held in Baltimore in November. One of the opening sessions featured a panel of authors (including Denis Lamoureux, John Walton, and C. John Collins) from the new book, Four Views on the Historical Adam. A journalist from The Economist was there and covered the event, writing about it for the November 23rd-29th edition. On the same topic, here is a short video from an interview of N.T. Wright on reading the story of creation.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has produced a series of half hour videos on the scientific search for the origin of modern humans called “Bones, Stones, and Genes.” For the absolute latest on this front, read through the blog and watch the videos of National Geographic’s amazing Rising Star Expedition—a major new find of hominid fossils deep in a cave in South Africa. Here is BBC’s overview of the event. Also, a philosopher reflects on the important role of the family in human evolution in an essay for Aeon Magazine, and scientists learn about human evolution from the lice that came along for the ride.
Finally, Pope Francis wrote a couple of paragraphs (§242-243) about faith, reason, and science in his Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium.”