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WCF.M4.L62 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze the development of the conflict between ‘science’ and ‘theology’ as usually set forth in modern histories of science and technology.
  • Critique the thesis that science developed without metaphysics or philosophy, for metaphysics is not ‘rational’ in the positivist sense.
  • Explain how and why the modern historians of science ignore many of the essential features that led to scientific discoveries.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 228-230Lesson 62 Introduction

  • General
  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 176-185Evolution and Religion

  • Good history of Christianity and science, and of Christianity and the history of science. Compares with other worldviews and their relation to science.
  • Pearcey & Thaxton: The Soul of Science
  • xi-xvIntroduction
  • 74-78ch. 3 New “Thinking Cap”: Three Little Sciences and How They Grew (pp. 59-73 optional)

  • Behe, a Catholic biochemist, argues for intelligent design in life forms, rather than evolution by chance. He shows how difficult it would be for random chance to bring about viable changes so that organisms could survive in intermediate forms, and how many minute cellular changes would be required to bring about the changes suggested by macro-evolutionists. His work is highly critical of Darwinism when presented unscientifically and unrealistically by popular scientists.
  • Behe: Darwin's Black Box
  • ix-xiiPreface
  • 3-5, 13-25ch. 1 Lilliputian Biology
  • 26-48ch. 2 Nuts and Bolts

  • Newbigin writes on science and faith in his usual thoughtful manner.
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 27-38ch. 3 Knowing and Believing

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 230-231Lesson 62 Review

  • Optional
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 14-26ch. 2 The Roots of Pluralism

  • Pearcey & Thaxton: The Soul of Science
  • 17-18ach. 1 Invented Institution: Christianity and the Scientific Revolution Also pp. 22-28, 37-38a, 41d-42
  • 43-58ch. 2 The History of Science and the Science of History

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 151-153Bhutan
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What strands in history led to the development of modern scientific thought?

  • What is the origin of the conflict between “science” and “theology”?

  • Why would some consider that science does not depend on metaphysics or philosophy? What is the rationale for the opposite viewpoint?

  • What is the difference between metaphysics, philosophy, and worldview, which has been considered earlier in this course?