June Blog Highlights
This month, we were proud to feature excerpts from biologist Sean Carroll’s book Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, an award-winning account of how the field of evolutionary development biology, or Evo Devo, has shaped our understanding of how animals evolve, by studying their development. The two excerpts introduce the history of the science behind Evo Devo as well some of the most exciting lessons taught by Evo Devo research. Carroll does an outstanding (and witty) job of making a complex set of ideas more manageable to understand, and we encourage you to read this book in its entirety.
Our June posts also featured another essay from the ECF project Nazarenes Exploring Evolution, the third to be featured from their collection on our site. Written by geologist Steven M. Smith, the essay explores his introduction to Young Earth Creationism as a teenager, and how he learned to overcome the “false dilemma” of choosing between his faith and his passion for science.
Web editor Emily Ruppel also contributed to the blog this month with an article first featured in the American Scientific Affiliation’s God and Nature magazine. The piece centers on Grace Buchanan, a teacher and mother of three, and her husband Scott as they moved towards embracing evolution as God’s means of creation.
Of course, our fellows continued their respective series as well. In his series "Evolution Basics", Dennis Venema took a look at the information contained in the genome, further exploring the genetic evidence for common ancestry. Meanwhile Ted Davis's look at John Polkinghorne’s Belief in God in an Age of Science moved onto Polkinghorne's views on divine purpose and the problem of evil. You can learn more about his series by reading our interview with Ted in this month's newsletter.