Tim Stafford's 2012 CT cover story profiled a young-earth creationist and a proponent of
theistic evolution. For nine further dispatches from the crossroads of science and faith, check out his new book.
Tim Stafford (Thomas Nelson)
We hear all the time that a debate is raging between two abstract entities called "science" and "religion." We even hear sometimes from actual people purporting to represent one camp or the other. But we hear rather less from those who, straddling both worlds, tend to undercut the reigning stereotypes. CT editor at large Stafford set out to discover how 11 Christians in the sciences reconcile their research with their faith convictions. Though they "hold strong opinions" on various points, he reports, they "aren't quick to condemn others" and "admit to seeing weaknesses in their own arguments. Fundamentally, they take seriously the reality that we, the human race, are still learning."
J. B. Haws (Oxford University Press)
In the years between the failed presidential bids of George Romney (1968) and his son Mitt (2008 and 2012), Mormons and their beliefs have been thrust into the public spotlight on many occasions. In The Mormon Image in the American Mind, Haws, professor of church history at Brigham Young University, looks at the events and personalities that have shaped American attitudes toward Mormons over the past half-century. Mormons, he claims, "must contend with a theology and a history that arouse suspicion and discontent," and "the challenge . . . has been to ...1