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WCF.M4.L63 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the different definitions of the term “science.”
  • Describe how “life sciences” stands apart from and yet is related to the “natural sciences.”
  • Discuss the world of microbiology in relation to humankind’s mission.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 232-233Lesson 63 Introduction

  • General
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 552-553The Shaping of Western Europe: Shaping the Intellectual Life

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 992The Expanding Effect of Christianity: Summary

  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 185-192The Darwinian Crusade
  • 192-197The Religiousness of Modern Science
  • 367-70,76Postscript: Gods, Rituals, and Social Science

  • Pearcey & Thaxton: The Soul of Science
  • 97-120ch. 5 The Belated Revolution in Biology: Taking Biology from Metaphysics

  • Behe: Darwin's Black Box
  • 187-208ch. 9 Intelligent Design
  • 232-253ch. 11 Science, Philosophy, Religion Take the final pages seriously.

    IJFM (Summer 2005) 22,2
  • 69-74Winter: “Growing Up with the Bible”

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 383-394Snodderly: Violence in the Context of Missions

  • Christian Century (December 27 2005) 122,16, ATLA Religion Database
  • 27-31Steinmetz: “Creator God: The Debate over Intelligent Design”

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 233-235Lesson 63 Review

  • Optional
  • Pearcey & Thaxton: The Soul of Science
  • 79-95ch. 4 The Newtonian World Machine: How Does God Relate to the World
  • 123-136ch. 6 Math in the Past: Discovering the Structure of Creation
  • 159b-161ch. 7 The Idol Falls: Non-Euclidean Geometry and the Revolution in Mathematics

  • Behe: Darwin's Black Box
  • 165-186ch. 8 Publish or Perish
  • 209-231ch. 10 Questions About Design
  • 255-276Appendix: The Chemistry of Life
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What is science? What are the major ways in which the word is defined?

  • In what ways do the so-called “life sciences” stand apart? At the same time, how are they ultimately derivative in relation to the sciences focused on the inorganic universe, that is, the other “natural sciences”?

  • How do you evaluate the mission mankind might consider for itself in the area of the persistent and perhaps growing threat that exists in the world of microbiology?