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God and Calculus–by Norie Grace Rivera-Poblete
The purpose of this paper is to show how to use calculus in our relationship with God. I will employ parallelism and contrast to teach the values with the hope that through teaching calculus the teacher can bring his/her students closer to God.
Integrating Christian Values and Learning in the Teaching of Mathematics–by Elizabeth Mendoza Role
This paper focuses on how values integration can be done in a mathematics classroom. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions: 1) What are the moral, social, and spiritual values that can be integrated in mathematics teaching from an Adventist perspective? 2) How can mathematics be made interesting and relevant?
God in Nature: Revelations of the Divine Mathematician–by Avery J. Thompson
Any credence given to the study of mathematics must recognize that God is the original mathematician. And though, through the ages, humankind has experimented to be able to draw conclusion in the areas of mathematics, God's laws are error-free and constant. His everlasting watch-care in the "natural" cyclic phenomena of this earth daily prove His mathematical supremacy. Galileo is remembered for having acknowledged that "mathematics is the language that God used to create the universe."
Design in the Physical Universe–by Benjamin L. Clausen
This article describes evidence for what appears to be physical design on Earth, in the universe, and in the basic laws of nature. Some have used the examples of design as arguments for the God of religion as the intelligent designer; others have explained the design naturalistically. Some pros and cons of the arguments will be outlined along with cautions in using the arguments.
A Physicist’s Look at Nature and the Nature of God–by Alfredo Suzuki
Because the creation of God bears undeniable evidence of its Author, there are things in nature that may reflect – even though in a very pale way – some of the characteristics of the nature of God. What follows are two analogies from physics that can serve as illustrations for aspects of the Divinity.
Quantum Mechanics: The Strange World at Small Dimensions–by Benjamin L. Clausen
Quantum mechanics deals with particles and events at infinitesimally small scales, such as the smallest particle of mass or light energy. Observed events at these tiny scales often follow regularities completely foreign to common experience and results may be contrary to what is regarded as common sense. Published in Origins v. 18, n. 1.
Integrating Faith and Learning in the Teaching of Physics–by Benjamin L. Clausen
Historians of science have suggested that the Judea-Christian environment of western Europe and the belief in a monotheistic God were responsible for the development of modem science in that culture. Today students can still see that Christianity and physics are compatible and that similar assumptions underlie both.
The Bible and Astronomy–by Mart de Groot
In this discussion I propose to present a scientific and a biblical model of origins and explore how these can be brought into harmony with each other. I also hope to show that the differences between the statements made by these two disciplines are largely a result of differing interpretations based on different paradigms.
Our Creator - The Master Engineer–by Laurel Dovich
Engineers have the distinguished legacy of following in their Creator's footsteps, thinking God's creative and analytical thoughts after Him. Should we not spend some time reflecting on the Master Engineer as we train engineers to work responsibly in this world?
The Bible and Physics–by Bill Mundy
The concept of a monotheistic God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, not a plurality of capricious gods, suggested the universality, consistency and coherence of His creation. Among the contingently created beings were humans created in God's own image. This led to "the idea that we lesser rational beings might, by virtue of that Godlike rationality, be able to decipher the laws of nature."
Through Modern Physics towards a Structure for Causality–by Lynden J. Rogers
This paper suggests that from its beginning, science has been one of those factors informing the Christian understanding of human and Divine causality. We conclude that the new physics suggests a wide-open universe in which the interaction of a Creator-Sustainer god can be postulated with far less confrontation with rational and scientific views of the natural order than was the case with the older Newtonian worldview.
The Big Bang Model: An Appraisal–by Mart de Groot
Modern cosmology, represented by the Big Bang theory, may have its virtues in explaining numerous aspects of the physical, inanimate universe, but that it is a poor model when it comes to explaining everything, and that it leaves too many of our questions unanswered.
Genesis and the Cosmos: A Unified Picture?–by Mart de Groot
In all this, the overriding importance of a correct paradigm is clear. The conclusions scientists draw from their observations of nature change radically when a different paradigm is used. God does make a difference to the Universe! This is no surprise, because He is not only the Creator, but also the Sustainer.
A Dialogue Between Contemporary Perspectives and Ellen White on Divine Action and Quantum Physics–by Michael F. Younker
The way in which God interacts with the world, or divine action, has long been a matter of discussion for theists in the philosophy of science, and continues to remain a complex and controversial topic. In recent decades, this question has taken on additional complexity with advances in contemporary physics, namely quantum physics, which posits a random or probabilistic world in contradistinction to the apparently completely deterministic natural world of Isaac Newton.
Science and Design: A Physicist’s Perspective–by Gary Burdick
As science develops more complete naturalistic explanations to describe the universe, it may appear that there is less room for God in the picture. And if science ever discovers a “complete” theory, it could be presumed that it would describe a universe without God. I am confident, however, that this conclusion is neither necessary nor valid. Drawing upon examples from physics, my purpose is to show that in developing a more complete picture of the universe, scientists are led to greater evidences for God and His design.
Chaos in Science–by Benjamin L. Clausen
Science is most powerful when its limitations in understanding the complexity of nature are recognized. Newtonian physics has been a powerful tool for understanding nature for hundreds of years and is still an essential part of any physics class, but it has its limitations in understanding complex systems, so more is needed.
Integrating Science and Scripture: The Case of Robert Boyle–by Kevin C. de Berg
Science and Scripture are built, according to Boyle, on the same epistemological features of revelation, reason, and experience but with different relative contributions from each.
Issues of Origins in Zoology and Genetics: A Look at the Evidence–by Marcia Oliveira de Paula
Zoology and genetics are required courses for biology majors. Both subjects are usually structured around the theme of the theory of evolution. A careful examination of the scientific basis of these disciplines shows that the evolutionary framework doesn't fit with a lot of their fundamental aspects, however. Some of these topics even constitute strong evidence in favor of intelligent design.
The Mind-Body Connection: Some Recent Findings–by Linda Caviness
Wholistic function is most likely to occur when we honor balance between mind, body, and spirit. When these three dimensions are balanced and this wholeness is channeled in loving service to others, our potential is achieved.
The Wonder of Water: A Challenge to Evolution?–by Hugo García
Truly, in our planet, life is everywhere. And without water, this profusion of life would not be possible. In the battle over origins, Darwinism cannot offer a convincing explanation when advocating for the random emergence of life and matter, including water.
The Riddle of Migratory Birds: Another Evidence of God’s Design–by Kyu Bong Lee
How does one account for bird migrations? Why do they migrate at all? How do they know when it’s time to begin the long journey? What guides their flight path and direction? How do they know their destination, and how do they prepare for the trip?
Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Think?–by Raymond L. Paden, James Wolfer
Horses gave way to automobiles. Rubber to plastics. Cotton to polyester. What about intelligence? Are computers about to replace human intelligence? Is artificial intelligence a threat to our humanness?
Sociobiology and the Origins of Morality: A Christian Perspective–by Joe Galusha, Joseph G. Galusha
During the last decade, several provocative accounts of "morally significant" behavior in animals have been documented on film and in the print media for the general public.
Created in the Image of God: A Christian View of Human Personality–by Owen L. Huges
The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the areas of contact between human personality theory and the Christian understanding of the image of God.
Habitat Responsibility: Teaching Stewardship through Chemistry–by Gloria A. Wright
It must be emphasized that Chemistry, like any other area of scientific knowledge, is neither good nor bad, but like everything else that was marred by the entrance of sin, man's ability to manipulate his environment has led to misuse. Instead of giving in to technicism, where technology sets the agenda for life on planet Earth, the ethics of the Bible should be the basis on which we make decisions on the value of life and on the conduct of life.
Ethics for Scientists: A Call for Stewardship–by Katrina A. Bramstedt
From a Christian perspective, ethical stewardship of our God-given talents and the technologies that arise from them are essential to the growth of science, to fostering trust in science, and to maximizing beneficence amid the clinical applications of science.
Using Animals in Medical Research–by Katrina A. Bramstedt
Acknowledging the "good" that comes from safe and effective medical products, does this "good" justify the use of animals? Does this "good" demand a moral obligation to use animals for the development of such products?
Brain and Mind: A Christian Perspective–by Linda Mei Lin Koh
The basic question of the relationship between the mind and brain has intrigued scientists and psychologists for many years. Beyond these considerations are philosophical questions revolving around the mind-brain relationship which challenge the Christian to consider the human brain from the standpoint of the human person, and the person from the standpoint of God's purposes.
The Exceptional Properties of Water–by Ryan T. Hayes
There is one small molecule that makes our world unique and special. What is it? Water! Sure, other planets and moons in our solar system may have (or had) water and even more than Earth, but it is rare to find liquid water on the surface of a planet.
Irreducible Interdependence: An IC-Like Ecological Property Potentially Illustrated by the Nitrogen Cycle–by Timothy G. Standish, Henry A. Zuill
Reactions comprising the nitrogen cycle are catalyzed by complex protein machines, some of which may be Irreducibly Complex (IC). Published in Origins n. 60.
A Chemist's Perspective of the Yellowstone Petrified “Forests"–by Clyde L. Webster Jr.
The Yellowstone "fossil forest" has many layers of volcanic ash. Trace element analysis of these layers reveals they derive from about four volcanic sources, and the layers from different sources are interlaced, implying contemporaneous eruptions of the different sources. Published in Origins n. 65.
Synthesizing Life in the Laboratory: Why is it not Happening?–by George T. Javor
Laboratory abiogenesis is one of the ultimate goals of experimental biology. The most formidable barrier to create living matter in the laboratory is not the complexity of the cell, rather the absolute requirement for non-equilibrium steady state for all chemical reactions. Current synthetic biology technologies cannot yet produce cells, which harbor chemical systems in non-equilibrium steady-states.
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