Science in Faith: A Christian Perspective on Teaching Science By Arthur Jones BSc, MEd, PhD, CBiol, MIBiol ‘Science in Faith’is written against the background of the growth in the UK of what are known as the 'new independent Christian schools'. Sponsored by local churches, communities, or parent groups, these schools have been founded in response to the perceived dominance of secularism in the state system. Their founders wished their children to receive an education in accordance with their Christian religious and philosophical convictions. This book is the first publication from within this movement to provide a wide ranging defence of Christian approaches to education. For the outworking of its theses, the book focuses on science teaching. This is in response to the widespread perception that science is the paragon of religious neutrality and therefore provides a key justification for the common secular school. The book seeks to demonstrate, through many examples, that the scientific enterprise is always located within specific worldviews and therefore that science teaching cannot avoid promoting 'religious' commitments. 'Practical atheism' is built into the institutions and habits of thought of the modern world. Since this is usually unrecognised – and therefore almost always undeclared – indoctrination in science teaching is not impossible, or even just a remote possibility, but an ever-present reality which we dare not ignore. Contents: Foreword by Professor Elmer Thiessen (Canada) Preface 1 Science in Faith: An Outline of a Christian Approach to the Sciences Introduction: The myth of neutrality Worldviews General Principles Overview of the Sciences Special relationships (causality, wholes & parts) Conclusion: Science in faith 2 Evolution or Creation?: A Path through the Jungle Introduction Does it Matter? Secular Science or Secular Religion? How Can Theories of Origins be Tested? Testing Evolution: The Case of Homology An Overview of Some Other Key Topics – Genetics, Time and Fossils 3 The Stories of Science Charles Drew: Blood Bank Pioneer Fritz Haber and Nitrogen Fixation 4 The Data of Science Calcium Atmosphere and Ocean Designing Cells 5 Science: An Annotated Reading List Worldviews and worldview analysis Religious roots of modern science History of science Philosophy of science Secular critiques of science Listening in on the debates The Galileo affair The Darwinian revolution Appendix Index (A4 size, viii + 142 pp) ISBN: 0-9535502-0-6 Science in Faith can be ordered from: Dr Arthur Jones, 21 Stalybridge Road, MOTTRAM, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 6NF, England UK Tel: +44 (0) 1457 764331 e-mail: [email protected] The cost is £15 per copy plus postage and packing (£2.00 in the UK). If outside the UK, please specify air or surface mail. Payment should be made by sterling cheque/bank draft drawn on a UK bank. We regret that credit card facility is not available. Trade terms are available to book shops and agencies – please enquire. A regularly updated Addendum is available on this website.