Dinosaurs, Volcanoes, and Holy Writ
A Boy-Turned-Scientist Journeys from Fundamentalism to Faith
Imprint: Resource Publications
"In this thoughtful memoir, ecologist Jim Hayward traces his personal path of discovery as he came to realize that he was observing scientific truths that conflicted with what he had been taught to believe as a young Seventh-day Adventist. In the end, he emerges both as a credible scientist and a man of faith. This is an important book for readers who have difficulty resolving their own conflicts between science and religion."
--Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
"Beautifully and empathically written, this memoir by zoologist James L. Hayward tells the story of the author's evolution from young-age creationism to a scientifically informed, spiritually sensitive worldview."
--Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"How refreshing to find an accomplished biologist who writes with equal authority and passion about nature and spirituality. And that's what Jim Hayward does as he takes us on his fascinating journey from fundamentalist creationism to the wonders of evolution, reminding us along the way that there need be no inherent conflict between science and religion."
--Ross Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Port Townsend, Washington
"Compellingly and reassuringly explores the crises of faith that await research-trained Christians who choose to pursue scientific questions to their furthermost extent."
--Brian Bull, co-author of God, Genesis, & Good News
"Beginning with his experience studying ring-billed gulls on a tiny island in an eastern Washington lake--the day Mt. St. Helens erupted--James Hayward takes us back over his life from adolescent collector of natural specimens to mature scientist and university professor. His clear, compelling engagement with the scientific evidence and Scripture shows how he progressively abandoned a narrow, literalist reading of the biblical creation accounts for an honest, mature perspective embracing both evolution and personal faith."
--Jerry Gladson, Senior Adjunct Professor of Religion, Richmont Graduate University
"The author provides a clear, engaging narrative of the transformative intellectual path he travelled from the worldview of childhood to that of a mature, distinguished scientist. In the process he introduces numerous examples from the explosive expansion of scientific advances in the last one hundred years that revolutionized our understanding of physical reality. He demonstrates how his innate curiosity and intellectual honesty forced him, sometimes painfully, to embrace the compelling and powerful paradigms of modern science."
--Alvin L. Kwiram, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington