Christianity – Science’s Cultivator or Crippler?

Christianity – Science’s Cultivator or Crippler?

Where and when did scientific thinking rise on the canvas of God’s landscape of history? What was the scenery like? What was to soil composed of? For hundreds of years, civilizations rose and fell without the benefit or discovery of scientific philosophy.  Historians divide history into three stages: The ancient world – regarded as brilliant though limited in its scientific understanding The medieval world – dismissed as a time of intellectual and cultural desolation (the dark ages) The modern world – heralded as a time when reason and enlightenment arose to dispel the myths of medieval superstition. History is not a pond, it is a stream, and in recent years this simple outline has been challenged, particularly the negative characterization of the medieval period and its role in providing the fertile soil for modern science. Following the stream of history, we find modern scientific thought sprung forth in western, christianized Europe. People in pagan cultures who see nature as alive and moved by mysterious forces are not likely to develop the conviction that all natural occurrences are lawful and intelligible. (Soul of Science p26) The world does not have its own inherent rationality, but it is intelligible because it reflects God’s rationality. (Soul of Science p 33) God’s creation, set in the proper context of a biblical world view,  is reality and revelation. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20) Creation could be studied and in that study men could be pointed back...

Summer Book-Camp | The Soul of Science (Part 1)

As a homeschool parent, every summer becomes a "boot-camp" or should I say "book-camp" of sorts for me! I compile books to be read – digested – and ideas to be apprehended. This summer The Soul of Science subtitled Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy by Nancy Pearcy and Charles Thaxton is now in my portable book bag with tattered pages and highlighted in a multitude of colors. So let’s begin – "Why?" is this book on my "book-camp" list? Because it reviews the history of people, culture and ideas that shaped the modern science we have today. In Christian circles, modern science tends to be viewed as pagan or an enemy to our faith. In fact, "modern" science indeed has many presuppositions that are anti-Christian or anti-God. So, as a Christian, how do I teach "true" science, which reveals God’s created order and beauty? As Romans 1:20 says: 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Good question! This will be the my the topic of my posts over the next few weeks – Stay tuned! Purchase Soul of...