Ben  McFarland

Ben McFarland

Seattle Pacific University

Ben McFarland teaches biochemistry and chemistry at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He grew up near Kennedy Space Center and wanted to be a paleontologist in the second grade. He received a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Technical Writing from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Structure and Design from the University of Washington. His research uses the rules of chemistry to redesign immune system proteins. In 2013 he received an Evolution and Christian Faith (ECF) grant from BioLogos to write A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life (Oxford University Press, 2016). He lives near Seattle with his wife Laurie and his children Sam, Aidan, Brendan, and Benjamin.

Topics include:

  • The chemical story of evolution
  • Predictability, purpose, and convergence in evolution
  • Art, music, and language in faith and science

 

  • A World from Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life

    | Ben McFarland
    Blog Post
    A World from Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life | Ben McFarland

    Natural history is not one random thing after another, but it is a flowing, surprising narrative. The world is not a happenstance to be overcome but a gift to be unpacked. Read More >

    Basics
  • Streams in the Martian Desert

    | Ben McFarland
    Blog Post
    Streams in the Martian Desert | Ben McFarland

    The prospect of microbial life on Mars should enhance, not diminish, our amazement at the giftedness of our own planet.   Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • On Being Wrong in Science

    | Ben McFarland
    Blog Post
    On Being Wrong in Science | Ben McFarland

    I had to go through the wrong hypothesis before finding that reality was more interesting. The wrong idea led to a right result in the lab, making for a better story in the end. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • A World from Dust

    Ben McFarland
    Project
    A World from Dust Ben McFarland

    Project Description I proposed to write a popular science book titled The Quickening: How Chemistry Shaped Biology that would tell the story of how the familiar columns of the period... Read More >