Evangelicals, Creation, and Scripture: Legacies from a Long History

by Mark A. Noll
This article specifies fifteen attitudes, assumptions, and convictions from the long history of western interaction between Christianity and science that continue to shape the perceptions of American conservative Protestants to this day. It finds three of them arising in the Middle Ages and early modern period, five from early United States history, five . . . → Read More: Evangelicals, Creation, and Scripture: Legacies from a Long History

Claiming Complementarity: Twentieth-Century Evangelical Applications of an Idea

by Christopher M. Rios

Over the course of the twentieth century the concept of complementarity earned considerable support among evangelical scientists. Leading figures in both the USA and Britain argued that science and theology offered distinct perspectives of the natural world that were reconcilable, if recognized as complementary descriptions rather than mutually exclusive claims. Though not without . . . → Read More: Claiming Complementarity: Twentieth-Century Evangelical Applications of an Idea

Kepler and the Laws of Nature

by Owen Gingerich

Kepler is famous for his three laws of planetary motion, but he never assigned a special status to them or called them laws. More than a century and a half passed before they were singled out and ordered in a group of three. Nevertheless, he believed in an underlying, God-given rationale to the universe, . . . → Read More: Kepler and the Laws of Nature

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design

by Michael L. Peterson

This article is a comprehensive study of the views of Christian author and apologist C. S. Lewis on the theory of evolution and the argument from intelligent design. It explains how he would distinguish expressly philosophical arguments for a Transcendent Mind from the current claims of the intelligent design (ID) movement to provide . . . → Read More: C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design

Arthur Holly Compton: The Adventures of a Citizen Scientist

by John J. Compton

Perhaps one never knows one’s parents, really knows them. You never know their early lives and, as a kid, you are living inside your own skin, not theirs. Growing up in Chicago, I never knew my dad was famous. He was just a firm, affectionate, if too busy father figure, who loved music . . . → Read More: Arthur Holly Compton: The Adventures of a Citizen Scientist

Darwinism, Fundamentalism, and R. A. Torrey

by Michael N. Keas
R. A. Torrey (1856–1928), a leading world evangelist at the turn of the twentieth century, played a prominent role in the emergence of fundamentalism, which aimed to defend Christianity against liberalism. The writers of The Fundamentals (1910–1915), including Torrey, proposed harmony between science and Christianity by accepting the standard geological ages and by . . . → Read More: Darwinism, Fundamentalism, and R. A. Torrey

Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; Contemporary

JH: If we were to take Compton and place him in the early 21st Century faith-science discussion, where would he fit? Would he have something to say today?

TD: Great questions. I’d like to think more about them, but my quick answer to the second question is yes—someone with his intense interest in . . . → Read More: Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; Contemporary

Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; Peers

JH: Having cast Compton as a theological liberal, are you aware of any American conservative physicists of the time who contributed to the big questions?

TD: I can’t think of any at the moment, although this might mean only that I haven’t done enough work yet on that period to know who the others were. . . . → Read More: Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; Peers

Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; British/American

JH: Numerous British physicists were discussing the same philosophical questions as Compton and his peers, yet I get the impression that the influence ran more from east to west than from Americans to their British cousins. (See Peter Bowler, Reconciling Science and Religion: The Debate in Early-Twentieth-Century Britain, 101-121.) Is this true?

TD: . . . → Read More: Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009; British/American

Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009;Motivation

JH: Ted, with your background in physics it is easy to see why Arthur Compton would attract your historical attention. Were there other factors that drew you to study this important American scientist?

TD: Quite right, Jack, I studied physics as an undergraduate. I also did a year of graduate work before I . . . → Read More: Prophet of Science: Arthur Holly Compton, June – Dec 2009;Motivation

 

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