About Zach Ellis

Zach is currently a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary researching the role of leaders in congregational change. His calling in life is to train and equip pastors to faithfully lead local congregations. When not studying, he'll most likely be watching Sporting Kansas City score goals or hiking with his wife and two kids.

Gene Editing: The Next Step in Self-Evolution
Article by David Ewing Duncan (2017)
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By | 2017-09-13T03:43:12+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Flourishing, Genetics, Research|

What is the Science? What was once only in the imaginations of science fiction writers is now a reality. In 2012, scientists from Sweden and California discovered a way to edit DNA with something called Crispr-Cas9. This technique allows scientists to “cut and paste DNA” to change the genetic code of an organism. [...]

Science and Theology: Mapping the Relationship
Article by Nancey Murphy (2013)
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By | 2017-09-13T03:41:09+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Religion and Science, Research|

What is the Science? The relationship between science and religion is complicated. In the early 1900s, some conservative Christians, reacting to modernism and higher criticism, began to see evolutionary biology as conflicting with Scripture. Some liberal Christians, reacting to this science-religion bifurcation, began developing a theology that was immune to scientific advancement. More [...]

Why You Should Get Some Rest

By | 2017-08-10T21:00:51+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Flourishing, Research|

Articles Reviewed: How to Be Extremely Productive Without Getting Extremely Exhausted by Thomas MacMillan (2017) Sometimes Not Working Is Work, Too by Brad Stulberg (2017) Let the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brain by Cody C. Delistraty (2017) What is the Science? Recent research into sleep patterns suggest that getting less sleep leads [...]

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being
Article by Jill Suttie (2017)
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By | 2017-08-01T04:39:15+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Flourishing, Purpose, Research|

What is the Science? In popular culture, creativity is often associated with madness. However, recent research suggests that creativity is much more strongly associated with well-being. One recent study pursued this correlation even further to see if creativity might be causing well-being or if well-being causes creativity. After studying 650 young adults, researchers [...]

Neanderthals, Denisovans and Human Speciation
Article by Dennis Venema (2011)
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By | 2019-04-30T23:52:03+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Cosmos, Research|

What is the Science? The fossil record suggests that the majority of human characteristics emerged between 3.5 to 5.5 million years ago. One of the earliest of the genus homo lived one to one and a half million years ago. Anatomically modern homo sapiens originated less than 200,000 years ago, living simultaneous to [...]

Death and Rebirth: The Role of Extinction in Evolution
Article by Dennis Venema (2012)
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By | 2019-04-30T23:55:46+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Cosmos, Research|

What is the Science? According to Dennis Venema, evolutionary theory is the "theory that changes in heritable variation over time can shift average characteristics of a population, and that differential reproductive success (selection) is a major mechanism for driving changes in heritable variation from one generation to another.” Or, to put it a [...]