Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist

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Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Acclaimed Latter-day Saint author and scientist Steven L. Peck demonstrates that both are indispensable tools we can use to navigate God's strange and beautiful creation. Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist is a collection of technical, personal, whimsical essays about Mormon theology, evolution, human consciousness, the environment, sacred spaces, and more. With the mind of a scientist, the soul of a believer, and the heart of a wanderer, Peck provides companionship for women and men engaged in the unceasing quest for further light and knowledge.

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Steven L. Peck is an associate professor of Biology at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses including The History and Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics. His research in theoretical mathematical ecology and insect populations has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations for helping to fight insect-borne illness. His published works include over forty scientific articles in prominent publications like American Naturalist, Newsweek, and Zygon, fictional works like The Scholar of Moab and A Short Stay in Hell, and a number of poems and short stories.

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"Peck's writing and storytelling is entertaining and compelling. His approach of utilizing faith as part of rational pursuits is strong but not alienating. This accessible collection of essays reflects the hand of a bright scientist and a devoted person of faith." Jani Radebaugh, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University

"In this excellent collection of essays, biologist Steven L. Peck has interwoven his unique and thoughtful insights on the complex intersection of science and his personal commitment to faith. As a first-rate scientist who thinks intensely about the meaning and rigor of scientific inquiry, and as an exceptionally gifted writer, he shares with readers the value of science from a powerful perspective in captivating prose." Daniel J. Fairbanks, author of Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA and co-author of Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy.

"In his latest work, biologist Steven Peck's own famously polymath brain is itself under the microscope, and what a fascinating specimen it is! We see an eclectic collection of approaches scientific, theoretical, theological, and personal combined in an unmistakably loving way, offering a model for how religious believers can flourish in a science-driven world many fear is increasingly hostile to faith." Cynthia Bailey Lee, Computer Science lecturer, Stanford University

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