Peanut allergies are rare in Africa, where children are exposed early and often to a variety of microbes that we might regard as old friends.
The biological concept of convergence lends credence to a Christian view of providence—and fits with a scriptural account of a story-shaped world.
We all belong to a collective, evolutionary process in which we, like the ants, work together to build our community and preserve the species.
Microscopes reveal countless worlds inside the world, from cells to tiny structures within cells diligently performing mysterious tasks.
We wish something would prove beyond doubt that Someone obliged us large-brained, bipedal primates with a breath of consciousness.
Randomness is distinct from the Greek concept of chance. Conflating the two imports to science the sense that random events are gratuitous.
Many people have an intuition that the natural world shows purpose, order, or providence. Benjamin Jantzen does a marvelous job analyzing the attempts to turn that intuition into arguments.
Stephen Jay Gould regarded science and religion as addressing different kinds of questions. Owen Gingerich goes a step farther with a more nuanced approach.
For Andrew Elphinstone, human selfishness and violence are not evidence of a world gone wrong. They show a person ripe for transformation.