With this issue, Origins & Design welcomes Nancy Pearcey as our new managing editor, replacing Bruce Gordon, who has joined the staff of the Michael Polanyi Center at Baylor University.
Ms. Pearcey comes to O&D well-equipped for her role. For the past several years, she worked with Charles Colson, both as executive editor of the daily radio program BreakPoint and as co-author of a monthly column in Christianity Today, where the topics under scrutiny often included evolutionary theory, intelligent design, the philosophy of science, and the place of science in culture at large. More recently, Pearcey co-authored How Now Shall We Live? (Tyndale, 1999), a best-selling book examining the role of intelligent design within the overall theistic worldview.
Pearcey has long been a presence in the area of science and theology. Her earlier book with Charles Thaxton, The Soul of Science (Crossway, 1994), is widely used as a text in courses on the philosophy of science and origins, and her articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as Touchstone, Books & Culture, and First Things. Pearcey brings an expert editorial hand to O&D, along with her lively, insightful intelligence. We are delighted to have her on board, and hope that Ms. Pearcey’s editorial acumen will accelerate (from an admitted near standstill) the publication of a large backlog of manuscripts.
This issue also introduces several new authors to the pages of O&D. Joseph Francis, a cell biologist at Cedarville College in Ohio, surveys the process of eukaryotic cell division using the idea of irreducible complexity as his analytical guide. Michael Corey, an author who has written widely on the relationship of science and theology, reports from the scene on last year’s AAAS symposium on major questions in cosmology and the philosophy of science. Walter Hearn, a Berkeley-based veteran of the science/theology debates, responds to Lydia McGrew’s article, “Blaming the Handyman” (Origins & Design, Winter 1999), and Lydia returns the favor with a vigorous reply of her own. Margaret Helder, a Canadian botanist, and Kurt Wise, an American paleontologist, review two new books, respectively: Denis Lamoureux’s Darwinism Defeated? and Leonard Brand’s Faith, Reason, and Earth History.
You’ll also find our usual sampling from the recent literature, and correspondence from readers. We hope to hear from you for our next issue.
– Paul Nelson
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