This website is for everyone who likes to think. It's for learners and teachers. Of course, this includes you, since each of us is a learner, a self-teacher, and a teacher of others.
Is harmony possible? Some
people — perhaps
you? — think our page title (embracing Science and Faith) is
impossible because science and Christian
faith are in conflict. The common idea of “warfare
between science and religion” is dramatic, and it can be
useful for anti-Christian rhetoric. This colorful portrayal of history
has exerted a powerful influence on views about
oversimplistic and is rejected
by historians. We want to replace this misconception
with accurate understanding, so we'll explain why conventional modern science
is compatible with Bible-based theology.
Above, in the logo of the American Scientific Affiliation, two arrows symbolize two perspectives, and our commitments to live by faith in God, and do science with integrity. The vertical arrow represents our efforts to develop a theology based on studying God's revelation to us in scripture. The horizontal arrow represents our efforts to develop a science based on studying God's creation in nature. For many questions, our understanding of total reality (spiritual plus physical) will be more complete and accurate if we wisely use both sources of information, in scripture and nature.
What? Our goals are to help you enjoy the exciting adventure of learning and thinking, explore the fascinating world created by God, and (if you're a Christian) to grow in faith. We want to stimulate your thinking, while you're learning Christian perspectives on "the two books of God" in scripture and nature. And we hope teachers will become more effective in motivating students and helping them improve their knowledge and thinking skills.
Why? Each of us, including you, should want to achieve our full potential as whole persons — mentally (in the quality of our thinking) and physically (with nutritious food, exercise and sleep, knowledge and awareness) plus emotionally, interpersonally, and spiritually (in relationships with ourself, others, and God) — both now and in the long run, when all things are considered. And we also should want to help others achieve what is best for them as whole people, as taught by Jesus in the second most important commandment.
How? Maybe we can help you learn from life and make progress toward your goals. Our website is a self-education resource for busy people with “too much to do and not enough time.” You don't want to waste valuable time — it's "the stuff life is made of" — so we want to help you learn a lot in a little time. For each of many interesting topics, you can learn about a variety of views in our Multiple Perspectives website that gives you a Quick Education in two stages: introductory pages quickly show you a “big picture” overview, then (in pages we link to) you can explore what you want in more depth. And our sitemap also offers Help for Teachers.
Scientific Affiliation, which is a fellowship of scientists — and
engineers, and scholars in fields related to science, such as the history
and philosophy of science, and science education — who are Christians because we believe what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, and we have accepted the gift of life graciously offered by God.
Whole-Person Education for Science and Faith
the ASA Home-Page and
ASA Homeschool Science Resources