Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?


Many believers worry that science undermines the Christian faith. Instead of fearing scientific discovery, Jack 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.

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 ...

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Many believers worry that science undermines the Christian faith. Instead of fearing scientific discovery, Jack 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.

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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"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; author, Love Your God with All Your Mind

"This is a highly significant book on possibly the most important subject confronting the church today-the neutrality of science. A delightful style makes it easily accessible yet the author never neglects important issues. It is the best book of its kind for decades."
Ranald Macaulay, Speaker, L'Abri Fellowship; Coordinator, Christian Heritage, Cambridge

"Jack Collins is my kind of guy-a fellow MIT nerd. But he is much more: a brilliant scholar of biblical languages and a keen observer of the interaction between science and the Christian faith. This is a wonderful book, and I recommend it most strongly."
Henry F. Schaefer III, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, University of Georgia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581344301
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

C. JOHN COLLINS (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis. 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 The God of Miracles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
1 Introduction to the Questions and Survey of the Book 11
Section I Philosophical Issues
2 Science, Faith, and Rationality: A Short Course in Good Thinking 19
The Importance of Philosophy
Principles of Sound Thinking
Testing a Truth Claim
A Word About Rational Christian Faith
3 Must Science and Faith Be At Odds? 29
Defining "Science"
Defining "Faith"
Premises of the Methods of Science
Science and Knowledge
Operating Relationships of Science and Faith
Section II Theological Issues
4 This Is My Father's World: The Biblical Doctrine of Creation 59
How Many Creation Accounts Does One Religion Need? Literary Relationships of Genesis 1 and 2
Outline of Genesis 1:1-2:3
What Is Genesis 1:1-2:3 About?
Is Genesis 1:1-2:3 Supposed to Be a Historical Record?
Does Genesis 1:1 Teach "Creation from Nothing"?
Does Genesis 1:1-2:3 Give Us a Chronology?
Is Genesis 1:1-2:3 a "Scientific" Account of Creation?
What Does It Mean That Creation Was "Good"?
How Did God Make the World?
Summary of the Doctrine of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3
What Does This Mean for Us?
5 What Kind of Days Were Those, Anyhow? 77
Preliminaries: The Key Issues At Stake
Features of Genesis 1-2 That We Must Account For
An Interpretation That Accounts for All of These Features
What About the Fourth Day?
Other Possible Interpretations of the Days
Comparing the Different Views
6 Other Biblical Passages About Creation 97
Old Testament
New Testament
7 Is the Earth Young or Old? Biblical Arguments 105
Did Jesus Think the Creation Period Was Short?
The Genealogies in Genesis
Conclusion: Does the Bible Have a Position on the Age of the Earth?
8 What a Piece of Work Is Man! Human Nature as It Was Created 111
You Are a Human Animal
Body and Soul
The Image of God
Are Adam and Eve Our Ancestors?
The Possibility of Science
9 The Glorious Ruin: Human Nature After the Fall 135
God's Arrangement with Adam and Eve
The First Sin
Human Nature After Genesis 3
Is Science Possible for Fallen Man?
10 How "Fallen" Is Nature? 147
The "Curses" in Genesis 3
What Did Lions Eat Before Man's Fall?
Why Does the Creation Groan?
Some Conclusions for Science in a World of Fallen Mankind
11 How Does God Rule the World? The Biblical Doctrine of Providence 161
The Traditional Christian Picture of God's Providence
The Biblical Evidence
Definitions That Restate the Biblical View of Providence
Other Views: Are They Truer to the Bible?
Providence and Science
12 God Reveals Himself in His World: Science, Faith, and Apologetics 181
Defining Terms
Natural Revelation in the Old Testament
Natural Revelation in the New Testament
Faith and Reasons
Science, Natural Revelation, and Apologetics
13 Caring for God's World: The Biblical View of the Environment 203
The Original Plan
The Modified Plan
The World Still Serves Man
Ethical Considerations for the Environment
Section III Science and Faith Interact
14 Science, Providence, and Miracle 215
Modern Science and the Supernatural
Science and Reliable Natural Properties
Chaos Theory
Uncertainty, Miracles, and Human Freedom
Providence and the Problem of Evil
15 How Old Is the Earth? Cosmology and Geology 229
Cosmology and the Big Bang
Geology and the History of the Earth
Realism, Anti-Realism, and Appearance of Age
Is the Big Bang the Same as the Absolute Beginning?
Are the Geologists Wrong?
The Anthropic Principle
16 Where Do Animals Come From? Biological Evolution and Darwinism 255
What Does Darwinism Claim?
How Did Darwinism Develop?
How Does Neo-Darwinism Impact Christian Faith?
Is Neo-Darwinism Credible?
Evolution and "Progress"
17 Is Intelligent Design a Dumb Idea? Answers to Objections 285
What Is "Intelligent Design"?
What Would Make Intelligent Design a "Dumb Idea"?
Are These Objections Valid?
Conclusion: Is Prohibiting Intelligent Design a Dumb Idea?
18 Science and the Argument from Design 301
What Is the Argument from Design?
What Is the History of This Kind of Argument?
Is the Argument Any Good?
What Place Should Science Play in the Argument Today?
19 The Human and Social Sciences 317
Maintaining Sound Thinking
The Brain, Mind, and Soul
A Genetic Basis of Behavior
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Section IV Conclusion
20 Culture Wars and Warriors: Faith, Science, and the Public Square 331
Dealing with Disagreements Between Christians
Christians in the Public Square
21 Life in a Created World 339
Outline of a Christian World-and-Life View
Participation in the Sciences for Christians
How to Give Our Kids a Scientific Education
A. Notes and Comments on the Chapters 351
B. Other Resources 419
C. Thomas Kuhn and Paradigms: A Review Essay 421
General Index 434
Scripture Index 442
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    C. John Collins' Science & Faith is good on many levels

    The writer is skilled in Philosophy and Theology and in the current swirl of the interaction between true science and true faith. He doesn't dabble in any but plows deep in each topic he covers. There are ample references and footnotes to provide additional insights and understanding. I share these interests and was stretched and enlightened by this book.

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