Available for pre-order: Evolving Faith, by Steven L. Peck

08.26.2015 | The Maxwell Institute

I’m very excited to announce that the next title in the Maxwell Institute’s “Living Faith” book series will be released on October 27. You can pre-order it on Amazon today. It’s Steven L. Peck’s Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist.

Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Peck, an acclaimed Latter-day Saint author and scientist, demonstrates in this new book that both science and faith are indispensable tools we can use to navigate God’s strange and beautiful creation. Evolving Faith is a collection of technical, personal, sometimes 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 needed companionship for women and men engaged in the unceasing quest for further light and knowledge.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Advance Praise

“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, Dean of Science & Health, Utah Valley University and author of Everyone is African, Evolving, and Relics of Eden, and co-author of Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy.

“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 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 Department lecturer, Stanford University.

About the Author

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 including his latest Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction.