Wonders of the Living World Online Book Launch

8 June 2021

We’re delighted to host the online book launch for Wonders of the Living World with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion on Jun 14, 2021, at 07:30 PM . For more information and to sign up for the online book launch click here or scroll down to read more details about the event below.

Date & Time: June 14, 2021 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speakers: Dr Ruth BancewiczCara ParrettProf. Jeff SchlossProf. Stephen FreelandDr Hilary MarlowDr Rhoda Hawkins

50% discount on copies of the book for all registered participants

Beautifully and creatively illustrated, Wonders of the Living World for adults (16+) will inspire curiosity and amazement, and prove a fascinating guide to your thinking about the meaning of life.

The living world is beautiful, intricate, and highly ordered. Organisms flourish across virtually every location on earth, and biological scientists are constantly discovering more about them. These findings spark awe in those who study the natural world, and also raise questions about the meaning of what we see. What’s so special about life? Why are we here? Where is it all heading? Encounter the living world, from individual molecules to whole ecosystems through the eyes of scientists who are also people of faith. Explore their research and their beliefs, testing the claim that the discoveries of science are consistent with the existence of a powerful, purposeful God.

Come to our online launch to meet and interact with some of the scientists and theologians who have contributed to this beautifully illustrated book for adults (16+) and its accompanying resources:

Details and registration can be found on the Lion Hudson zoom event page here

Watch the amazing book trailer for Wonders of the Living World: Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life below.

Wonders of the Living World

Curiosity, awe and the meaning of life

By Dr Ruth Bancewicz and Danny Allison

Drawing on the thoughts of six scientists of faith, the work of the theologian Alister McGrath, and the biblical scholar Hilary Marlow, Dr Ruth M. Bancewicz examines their research to assess the claim that the discoveries of science are consistent with the existence of a God. 


Prof. Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist; Dr Rhoda Hawkins, Theoretical Physicist; Prof. Jeff Hardin, Cell and Developmental Biologist; Prof. Simon Conway Morris, Palaeobiologist; Prof. Jeff Schloss, Evolutionary Biologist; Dr Margaret Miller, Marine Biologist.

Available in three different formats below.

What others are saying:

“This is a wonderful book about wonder. In the presence of the world’s top scientists this will lead you into a new excitement and appreciation of the natural world. And for some it may lead to worship.”

 Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John’s College, Durham

“Provides a front-row seat to the excitement of new discovery.” 

ARD LOUIS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

‘In this beautifully illustrated book, the wonders of the living world are seen through the eyes of six high-profile scientists. Full of fascinating insights, the book describes the world in a way that is accessible to those with or without any science background. A highly recommended journey.’

Dr Denis R. Alexander, Emeritus Director, The Faraday Institute

Meet the author and illustrator:

Ruth Bancewicz

Dr. Ruth Bancewicz

Dr Ruth Bancewicz is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge (UK), where her remit is to help the UK Church interact with science in a helpful way. She studied genetics at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and worked for Christians in Science for several years. She has written the Test of FAITH resources (Patermoster), God in the Lab: how science enhances faith (Monarch), and Wonders of the Living World: curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life (Lion).

Danny Allison

Danny Allison

Danny Allison is an illustrator based on England’s rainy northwest coast. Danny’s nomadic journey around the world has informed his artwork and found him a global client base. His background in photography gives him an expert’s eye for composition, and material to work with in his illustrations. He has a degree in Illustration from Preston University. Danny is the illustrator of Wonders of the Living World.