This book argues that it is possible for our study of the natural world to enhance our understanding of God and for our faith to inform and influence our study and application of science.
Whether you are a student, someone employed in the sciences, or simply an interested layperson, Not Just Science will help you develop the crucial skills of critical thinking and reflection about key questions in Christian faith and natural science.
The contributors provide a systematic approach to both raising and answering the key questions that emerge at the intersection of faith and various disciplines in the natural sciences. Among the questions addressed are the context, limits, benefits, and practice of science in light of Christian values. Questions of ethics as they relate to various applied sciences are also discussed. The end goal is an informed biblical worldview on both nature and our role in obeying God's mandate to care for his creation.
With an honest approach to critical questions, Not Just Science fills a gap in the discussion about the relationship between faith and reason. This is a most welcomed addition to these significant scholarly conversations.
Ron Mahurin, PhD
Vice President, Professional Development and Research
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
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Not Just Science Copyright � 2005 by E. David Cook and Dorothy F. Chappell Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Not just science : questions where Christian faith and natural science intersect / Dorothy F. Chappell and E. David Cook, general editors. p. cm. Summary: "A look at some of the questions students should be asking as they study the natural sciences in relation to the Christian worldview and think critically about God's creation"-Provided by publisher. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-10: 0-310-26383-2 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26383-2 1. Religion and science. I. Chappell, Dorothy F., 1947- II. Cook, E. David (Edward David), 1947- BL240.3.N68 2005 261.5'5-dc22 All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version�. NIV�. Copyright � 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked ISV are taken from the International Standard Version of the Bible: New Testament. Copyright � 1998 by the ISV Foundation. Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Scripture quotations marked MSG are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright � by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked TNIV are taken from the Holy Bible, Today's New International Version�. TNIV�. Copyright � 2002, 2004 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Tracey Walker Printed in the United States of America 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 C H A P T E R 1 Many authors have noted the close interaction between Christianity and science. Although the two are often assumed to be in conflict, a more positive relationship between science and faith is evident from their overlapping histories. The direct influences of Christian ideas on the success of science are often difficult to assess. However, their mutually supporting roles are evident in history, even when they sometimes appear to be in conflict. In fact, the roots of modern science can be traced to early Christian thought, and both science and faith can be seen as historically interrelated efforts to understand the physical universe and its creative source. Are natural science and Christian faith locked in conflict, or is there evidence of cooperation between the two? Perhaps the most typical view of the relationship between science and faith is one of conflict or confrontation, even though the emphasis on this "warfare" model has greatly diminished at the scholarly level. Historically, the idea of warfare between science and Christianity developed during the latter half of the nineteenth century with the rise of positivism and evolutionary theories. Before this time, a close relationship between the two was evident from the number of pioneering scientists who were Christians and the number of clergymen who participated in scientific activities. The growing professionalism of science in the nineteenth century led