Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.
Covalence for March: Taking a closer look at evolution

Last month was the 211th birthday of Charles Darwin, and while we reviewed the disagreements over evolution last month with Ted Peters, emeritus professor of systematic theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, we are not yet done with the discussion of evolution.

This month we get another scholar’s views on what it means to take evolution at face value and what the intelligent design movement has had to say about a ‘faithful’ interpretation of the science.

Robert Shedinger, who is an associate professor of religion at Luther College in Iowa, outlines his own skepticism regarding Darwin. Responding to some of his viewpoints is our own Theological Editor George Murphy, who in turn has some problems with the intelligent design movement from both a scientific and theological point of view.

We also want to take a moment to point out the critical role technology is playing in our lives during this time of assessing and responding to COVID-19. Many churches have either cancelled services or strongly encouraged those who are over 60 or who are ill to remain home.

The ELCA recently issued its own guidance regarding the coronavirus outbreak and a number of congregations are exploring or implementing livestreaming of services, showing technologies greater role in bringing us together.
In this time of uncertainty, one thing is for certain though and that is that nothing can separate us from the love of God although we may feel separated from one another currently.

We here at Covalence would like to take this chance to wish you and your family health and wholeness in the weeks ahead.


Susan Barreto, Editor

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