Why should a Christian want to learn
and use science? The
pages below look at this question in two ways, by addressing possible concerns
spiritual effects of science — if you learn and use science, will
this weaken your faith? — and by finding reasons to be excited about
which can help us understand a world created by God, using minds given by God.
a personal perspective: I'm a Christian and a scientist, a learner and a teacher. My goal, in these pages, is to decrease your concerns about the negatives of science (*) and increase your appreciation of the positives.
* Yes, there are rational reasons for concern, but if we distinguish between science and scientism — and use science to answer only the questions it is designed to answer — the potential dangers of science can be minimized.
Here is a set of pages (about Christian
Education, Science-Christianity Interactions, and Scientific Methods) originally written for a multi-author book project by ASA in 2004
(but with major revisions in The
Logic of Science since then, and minor revisions in the other pages) containing ideas that I thought might be useful in the book:
the Two Books of God
1. Using Information from Scripture and Nature
Realities and Interpretations (in Scripture & Nature, Science & Theology)
General Interactions (between Science and Theology)
Specific Interactions (between Science and Theology)
2. When we disagree, what should we do?
Understanding and Respect
Understanding (in Science and Theology)
Respect (combining Truth and Love)
Logic of Science
Reality Checks (the simplicity of science)
Experiments and OBSERVATIONS
THEORIES and PREDICTIONS
Designing a Scientific Theory
The Methods of Science
A Model of Science (the complexity of science)
Also, a page about Science and Religion — Is it a relationsip of Conflict (as with Galileo?) and Warfare? contains excerpts from Science and Christianity: Are they compatible? including all of Section 1 and, in the appendix, condensed versions of 1, 2, 3, and 4.
CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE
( pages by other authors )
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Whole-Person Education for Science and Faith