Issue #65, Science & Religion

Fall 2017

Creative Nonfiction #65 is dedicated to discovering unexplored harmonies between science and religion. Whether considering the spiritual potential of Google search, talking to high school biology teachers in central Pennsylvania, studying the Mormon cosmos, or forging a career path that passes through both the seminary and the science lab, the writers in this issue seek a nuanced view of the world that demands both wisdom and wonder.

Plus, an encounter with Marilynne Robinson; the challenges of writing about religious experience without using the word God; a survey of spiritual writing, from St. Augustine to St. Joan (Didion); tiny truths; and more.


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
Contagious Empathy Sherrie Flick
Encounter: This Essentially Meaningless Conflict Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz
Absolute Mystery Sonja Livingston
Beyond the Primordial Ooze: "Real" Americans and the Supposed Divide Between Science and Religion Dinty W. Moore
Search History Rachel Wilkinson
Man of Science, Man of Faith William Wan
"Shuddering Before the Beautiful": Trains of Thought Across the Mormon Cosmos Jamie Zvirzdin
Under the Stars Sylvia Sukop
The Best Panaceas for Heartaches Kristin Johnson
Shaping the Spiritual Jonathan Callard
Writing about Rituals, and Rituals That Help Us Write Jessica Mesman Griffith
Getting Away from Getting Away from It All Rachel Mabe
Revisiting the Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer Cynthia D. Bertelsen
Trying to Conceive Bethany Marcel


Cynthia D. Bertelsen

Cynthia D. Bertelsen is a writer and photographer and the associate editor of Bacopa Literary Review. Her book, Mushroom: A Global History... read more

Jonathan Callard

Jonathan Callard writes and lives in Pittsburgh. His nonfiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Image, Arts & Letters, and Gulf Stream, and... read more

Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick’s nonfiction has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Superstition Review, and... read more

Jessica Mesman Griffith

Jessica Mesman Griffith is the author of the memoirs Love and Salt and Strange Journey and a cultural columnist for US Catholic magazine.... read more

Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more

Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz

Lee Gutkind, the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at CSPO and Professor in the Hugh Downs... read more

Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson is an associate professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma,... read more

Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston’s first book, Ghostbread, won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and has been honored with awards from the... read more

Rachel Mabe

Rachel Mabe is at work on a book about the existential agonies of growing up female in America. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the... read more

Bethany Marcel

Bethany Marcel’s work has been published in Fiction Advocate, the Nervous Breakdown, Motherwell, and Entropy, among others. She has... read more

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire and many other books. He has published essays and stories in the Southern... read more

Sylvia Sukop

Sylvia Sukop is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a recipient of several... read more

William Wan

William Wan is the Washington Post’s science correspondent. He previously served as the Post’s religion reporter, roving... read more

Rachel Wilkinson

Rachel Wilkinson is a Pittsburgh-based writer and researcher whose essays and profiles have appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian,... read more

Jamie Zvirzdin

Jamie Zvirzdin teaches in the Master of Arts in Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University and is the editor of the anthology... read more