Science & Christianity: Four Views, Edited by Richard F. Carlson

Science & Christianity

Four Views

Spectrum Multiview Book Series

Edited by Richard F. Carlson
Contributions by Wayne F. Frair, Gary D. Patterson, Jean Pond, Stephen C. Meyer, and Howard J. Van Till

Science & Christianity
  • Length: 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 31, 2000
  • Item Code: 2262
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2262-1

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Science and Christianity. Are they partners or opponents?

Christians have long debated the relationship of science to faith. With the rise of Darwinism, however, the issue took on new significance. Darwinism appeared to undermine the authority of the Bible and the credibility of Christianity by freeing science of the need for a Creator. Rethinking the relationship between science and Christianity quickly became a priority.

  • How does a faithful Christian respond to the pronouncements of contemporary science?
  • Is science a help or a hindrance to belief?
  • Are science and the Bible in conflict?

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Christians continue to wonder whether faith and science are partners or opponents. In this Spectrum Multiview volume six Christian scholars sort through the issues as they present four different views on the relationship of science and Christianity. These include Wayne Frair and Gary D. Patterson for "creationism," Jean Pond for "independence," Stephen C. Meyer for "qualified agreement" and Howard J. Van Till for "partnership."

Each contributor responds to the other scholars, noting points of agreement and disagreement. Editor Richard F. Carlson offers an introduction to this contemporary debate as well as a postscript to help us evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each view.

Spectrum Multiview Books offer a range of viewpoints on contested topics within Christianity, giving contributors the opportunity to present their position and also respond to others in this dynamic publishing format.



Introduction (Richard F. Carlson)

1. Creationism: An Inerrant Bible Effective Science (Wayne Frair Gary D. Patterson)
An Independence Response
A Qualified Agreement Response
A Partnership Response

2. Independence: Mutual Humility in the Relationship Between Science Christian Theology (Jean Pond)
An Creationist Response
A Qualified Agreement Response
A Partnership Response

3. Qualified Agreement: Modern Science the Return of the "God Hypothesis" (Stephen C. Meyer)
An Creationist Response
A Independence Response
A Partnership Response

4. Partnership: Science Christian Theology As Partners in Theorizing (Howard J. Van Till)
An Creationist Response
A Independence Response
A Qualified Agreement Response

Postscript (Richard F. Carlson)

Annotated Bibliography

Contributing Authors



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Richard F. Carlson

Richard F. Carlson is research professor of physics at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, and formerly a visiting scientist in the department of radiation sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. He received a BS (University of Redlands), MS and PhD (University of Minnesota) in physics, and an MA (Fuller Theological Seminary) in biblical studies and theology.

His physics research interests are in experimental nuclear physics, and he has done postdoctoral research at UCLA. While teaching at the University of Redlands he has continued his nuclear research at UCLA, the University of Manitoba, University of California Davis, and currently at Uppsala University. Carlson has published more than fifty articles in physics research journals.

Recently his interests have shifted to the area of science and Christian faith, and between 1995 and 2005 he taught a number of science and theology courses at the University of Redlands and Fuller Theological Seminary. His courses at Redlands and Fuller have resulted in two Templeton Foundation prizes. He is the general editor of Science & Christianity: Four Views (InterVarsity Press, 2000), as well as the author of a number of articles appearing in nuclear physics research journals and theological journals.