New Opportunities for Paleontologists and a Need for Prayer
Recipients of our Evolution & Christian Faith (ECF) grants continue to produce excellent scholarship and new resources for the church about evolutionary creation. Here we feature a handful of ECF-related opportunities, resources, and prayer requests.
Opportunity for Early-Career Evolutionary Biologists and Paleobiologists
Do you know a Christian evolutionary biologist or paleobiologist? Chances are they feel rather isolated, both at church and at work. No doubt they could benefit from time with other scientist-believers who understand their challenges.
Such an opportunity is right around the corner. This June, Calvin College paleontologist Ralph Stearley and Seattle Pacific University anthropologist Cara Wall-Scheffler are teaming up to lead a week-long seminar for early-career scientists (grad students, recent PhDs, and young faculty) in evolutionary biology or paleobiology. This will be the first of two such seminars funded by their ECF grant.
This summer’s event, hosted by Calvin College, will draw on the expertise of four guest speakers: Mary Schweitzer (dinosaur paleobiology, North Carolina State University); David Lahti (behavioral evolution, Queens College, CUNY); Ronald Numbers (history of science, University of Wisconsin); and Rob Barrett (theology and science, congregational issues, Colossian Forum).
Participants will receive a stipend, lodging, books, and a small travel allowance. If you or someone you know would like to apply, don’t delay! Registration closes April 21.
Prayer for ECF Grantees
Please pray for our ECF grantees. Like BioLogos itself, many teams are in situations where they are facing criticism from militant atheists or dealing with disagreements between Christian brothers and sisters. Pray for the humility to look for the best in others, wisdom to know what to say and when to say it, and patience in situations that develop over months and years.
On March 21, Ken Ham wrote a blog post, “BioLogos Funds Projects to Undermine the Authority of the Word,” to warn his followers about the video curriculum created by Diane Sweeney and Josh Hayashi. BioLogos, along with Diane and Josh, responded to Ham on March 26, pointing out that both our organizations care deeply about the authority of Scripture, even if we differ on how it should be interpreted.
Resources, Scholarship, and Events
Faith Alive, publisher of Deborah and Loren Haarsma’s book Origins, has just released a DVD to accompany the book. The six-session study videos are designed for Sunday school, small group, or book club use and can be viewed online.
Many of our grantees are giving lectures or sponsoring events. To see if there is one in your area, check out our events page for an up-to-date listing.