Josh Reeves and Steve Donaldson present a concise introduction to the study of science that explains why scientists in every age have found science congenial to their faith and how Christians in the sciences can bridge the gap between science and Christian belief and practice. If Christians are to have a beneficial dialogue with science, it will be guided by those who understand science from the inside. Consequently, this book provides both advice and encouragement for Christians entering or engaged in scientific careers because their presence in science is a vital component of the church's witness in the world.
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About the Author
Steve Donaldson (PhD, University of Alabama) is the director of the computer science program and codirector of the computational biology program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a cofounder of the Samford University Center for Science and Religion.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
IntroductionPart I: Why Study Science?
1. God and the Book of Nature
2. Christianity and the History of Science
3. Science and EthicsPart II: The Characteristics of Faithful Scientists
4. Hope in the Face of Adversity
5. Life Together: Working with Others in a Scientific Community
6. The Known Unknowns: Science and Intellectual HumilityPart III: Science and Christian Faith
7. Science and Scripture
8. Are Scientists Mostly Atheists?
9. Science for the Good of the Church
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"This book is essential reading for Christians contemplating a vocation in science. It will, in addition, be fascinating for those who are not scientists but are interested in how and why science works the way it does. The authors not only successfully debunk common myths about the history of science and religion, they also provide a very honest and insightful account of scientific practices, including both its temptations and achievements. Too often the science-and-religion debate has resisted engaging with science studies alongside the specific religious quandaries opened up by scientific knowledge. This little book manages to achieve a great deal in just a few pages, which makes it particularly useful for introductory teaching contexts."
"A Little Book for New Scientists is certainly the most concise and helpful book for young persons (and their parents) on a science career that I have ever seen. I would hope that every young person considering a career in the sciences will read this book and then take it down off their shelf about once a year—rereading it regularly as they proceed through graduate school and their post-doc years. If I'd had this book when I was beginning my career, I would have wanted it in a prominent place on my bookshelf—right next to my Bible."
"This volume is a nice resource for science-oriented students, newly believing Christians in science fields, or anyone seeking integration. The book draws us into a consistent, balanced, and active role as bridge between the realms of science and faith."
"This is a refreshing little book about science and the Christian faith. It is not on the front lines of specific confrontations between Christians and various scientific theories; rather, it steps back and orients us to the kind of thing that science is and how that fits within the outlook of faith. Budding scientists should read it as a way of preparation for what the authors understand to be a holy career—a vocation in which one can truly serve God. Non-scientists should read it in order to understand that the perceived threat of science to Christian faith has been largely due to an imagined bogeyman rather than to accurate views about science. Reeves and Donaldson are to be commended for their service to the church and to the science-and-religion community for this clear and helpful book."