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Science & Faith: Friends or Foes?

Format: Digital
Publisher:
, 2003
ISBN: 9781581344301

Overview

Many believers worry that science undermines the Christian faith. Instead of fearing scientific discovery, Collins believes that Christians should delight in the natural world and study it. God’s truth will stand against any challenge and will enrich the very scientific studies that we fear.

C. John Collins first defines faith and science, shows their relation, and explains what claims each has concerning truth. Then he applies the biblical teaching on creation to the topics of "conflict" between faith and science, including the age of the earth, evolution, and miracles. He considers what it means to live in a created world. This book is for anyone looking for a Christian engagement with science without technical jargon.

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Key Features

  • Addresses a pressing issue in Christian philosophical and practical apologetics
  • Features a top apologist in his speaking from his expertise
  • Argues for and supports a worldview grounded in the authority of the Bible

Contents

  • Introduction to the Questions and Survey of the Book
  • Section I: Philosophical Issues
    • Science, Faith and Rationality: A Short Course in Good Thinking
    • Must Science and Faith Be at Odds?
  • Section II: Theological Issues
    • This is My Father's World: The Biblical Doctrine of Creation
    • What Kind of Days Were Those, Anyhow?
    • Other Biblical Passages about Creation
    • Is the Earth Young or Old? Biblical Arguments
    • What a Piece of Work Is Man! Human Nature as It Was Created
    • The Glorious Ruin: Human Nature After the Fall
    • How "Fallen" Is Nature?
    • How Does God Rule the World? The Biblical Doctrine of Providence
    • God Reveals Himself in His World: Science, Faith, and Apologetics
    • Caring for God's World: The Biblical View of the Environment
  • Section III: Science and Faith Interact
    • Science, Providence, and Miracle
    • How Old Is the Earth? Cosmology and Geology
    • Where Do Animals Come From? Biological Evolution and Darwinism
    • Is Intelligent Design a Dumb Idea? Answers to Objections
    • Science and the Argument from Design
    • The Human and Social Science
  • Section IV: Conclusion
    • Culture Wars and Warriors: Faith, Science, and the Public Square
    • Life in a Created World

Praise for the Print Edition

Collins maps the entire interface between faithful biblical interpretation and questions of all sorts posed in the name of the sciences. Interesting, fair-minded, shrewd, and clear from start to finish, this will prove outstanding as a pastoral resource.

J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

There is something here for just about everyone. Science and Faith is required reading for all who are interested in the relationship between science and the Christian faith."

J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Biola University

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About C. John Collins

C. John Collins is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. With degrees from MIT and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, he pursues such research interests as Hebrew and Greek grammar, science and faith, and biblical theology. He is the author of Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary and The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God’s Action in the World.

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