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Salvo Magazine Publishes Special Supplemental Issue on Science & Faith

In its Fall 2013 edition, Salvo Magazine has published a special 80-page Supplemental Issue on Science and Faith. Contributors include some prominent names from both inside and outside the ID movement. A sampling of names is below (or you can also visit here for the full list), but ENV readers will recognize many of them — William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, Stephen Meyer, John West, Mike Keas, Richard Weikart, Frank Tipler, and many others. Some of the contributors are even critical of ID, but nonetheless believe that scientism — the idea that only scientific investigation can lead to knowledge — is wrongheaded.

The articles are divided up into three sections: “Scientia” (asking questions like “can science can explain everything?”), “Fides” (asking whether faith is irrelevant in our modern scientific age), and “Scientia / Fides” (or “Sci/Fi” for short, asking whether science and faith can be reconciled). Other related questions are also explored.

Many of the articles are science-focused, critical of materialist explanations for the origin and diversification of life and/or making an explicit case for intelligent design. For example, one of my articles, “Has Science Shown That We Evolved from Ape-like Creatures?,” explains why the fossil evidence “contradicts the expectations of neo-Darwinian evolution and suggests that unguided evolutionary mechanisms do not account for the origin of our species.” Below is an announcement from Salvo about the Science & Faith special issue:

Salvo magazine is pleased to announce a supplement to its fall 2013 issue that’s devoted exclusively to the issues surrounding science and faith. The 80-page supplement features contributions from prominent academics in such fields as the Philosophy of Science, Biology, Zoology, Physics, Earth Sciences, and Astronomy, as well as leading Christian apologists from such organizations as Stand to Reason, Reasons to Believe, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

The purpose of the special issue is to shed light on the potentialities and limitations of both science and faith and to challenge the increasingly widespread notion that the two spheres of knowledge offer conflicting information about the origins and development of life. Among the many issues it addresses are scientism, evolution, intelligent design, the peer-review process, miracles, Adam and Eve, natural and moral evil, and consciousness.

Contributors to the supplement include Frank Tipler, Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University, Austin Hughes, the University of South Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences; Stephen Meyer, the Founder and Director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture; Greg Koukl, the Founder and Director of Stand to Reason; and William Dembski, the Head of the Institute of Scientific Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Sample articles — “Does Science Deserve Its Pedestal?” by Kenneth Richard Samples; “Can Science Explain ‘Origins'” by Patrick Henry Reardon; and “Is There a Conflict Between Science & Faith Over the Origin of Life?” by Jonathan Wells — are available online, as is an interview with atheist science philosopher Bradley Monton. For a review copy of the entire issue, please contact Jonathan Dockery at

If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the issue, or buying one for a friend! For $7, you can’t beat the price. And while you’re at it, subscribe to Salvo — it’s a great resource for understanding intelligent design!

Casey Luskin

Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.