Redeeming Science: A God-centered Approach
Crossway, 2006 - 381 sidor
Many people think science is antagonistic to Christian belief. Science, it is said, shows that the universe is billions of years old, while the Bible says it is only thousands of years old. And some claim that science shows supernatural miracles are impossible. These and other points of contention cause some Christians to view science as a threat to their beliefs.
Redeeming Science attempts to kindle our appreciation for science as it ought to beÑscience that could serve as a path for praising God and serving fellow human beings. Through examining the wonderfully complex and immutable laws of nature, author Vern Poythress explains, we ought to recognize the wisdom, care, and beauty of God. A Christian worldview restores a true response to science, where we praise the God who created nature and cares for it.
ÒPoythress shows how a proper understanding of biblical theology makes possible not just one but many credible harmonizations of biblical and scientific truth. Along the way, he provides an insightful defense of the theory of intelligent design as a viable scientific research program. His examination of the mathematical beauty inherent in the universe gives yet another compelling reason to acknowledge the wisdom and design that lie behind physical reality.Ó
ÒWith doctorates in both New Testament and mathematics, and with a solid commitment to orthodox Reformed theology, Vern Poythress is uniquely qualified to write on the theology of science. This is by far the most important book you can read on this subject. I recommend it without reservation.Ó
ÒPoythress demonstrates just how natural the partnership is between science and Christianity. Using examples from a variety of scientific disciplines, he gives a prescription for how science and the Christian faith can interact in a way that mutually benefits both.Ó
ÒNot only does this book offer a theological perspective rooted in the historic Reformation, it also attends to strategies of interpretation of Bible texts concerning nature and history that underwrite doctrine but are often left out of the dialogue.Ó
ÒSound theology meets sound science in this book as Vern Poythress shows us how to see the beauty of GodÕs character revealed in everything that scientists study in the created universe.Ó
ÒPoythressÕs analysis of the relationship between science and faith proceeds from an unapologetic, undisguised confession of belief in Christ, clear-minded evaluation of the nature of science, careful analysis of Scripture, and honest reflection on the present state of this debate.Ó
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Scientists in the end are all “realists” with respect to scientific laws.7 Scientists
discover these laws and do not merely invent them. ... Thus it is natural to use the
word “law” in describing well-established scientific theories and principles.
Scientists in practice believe passionately in the rationality of scientific law. We
are not dealing with an ... Scientists also assume that laws can be articulated,
expressed, communicated, and understood through human language. Scientific
In order to engage scientists most directly, we need to return to consider scientific
law. Subtle indications of the goodness of God can be seen in the concept of
scientific law. One might put it this way: scientists expect “the laws of nature” to be
Scientific law stems from the creative activity of God, the “Author” of creation. The
activity of all three persons is therefore implicit in the very concept of scientific law
. First, law involves a rationality that implies the coherence of a plan.
Scientists necessarily work daily with the eternality and omnipotence of scientific
law right before their eyes. But the rest of us see the faithfulness of God
manifested more prosaically in the dependability of the technological apparatus
that spins ...