The Introduction to Christianity and Science: Audio Lectures offers a thorough introduction to the intersection between science and Christian belief. How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and do they "work" with a Christian faith based on the Bible?
Designed to accompany the Dictionary of Christianity and Science, this lecture set synthesizes the insights of over 140 international contributors. Each lesson in the Introduction to Christianity and Science: Audio Lectures, presented by scholars Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss, includes reliable summaries and critical analyses of relevant concepts, theories, terms, movements, individuals, and debates. The toughest questions about faith and science, from Adam and Eve to the age of the Earth, miracles, and evolution, are explored, along with concepts such as string theory and multiverse.
- Basic Survey of Positions and Little Depth
This "course" does a good job of giving a basic summary of terms but mostly ends there. The only positions for which the authors seem to actually argue is some kind of "two books" approach to science and revelation and that diversity should be allowed and charity given for those with various viewpoints (i.e., you can be a Christian even if you're not a Young Earth Creationist).
I was hoping for more engagement. One of the first frustrations I experienced -- and so remember it clearly -- was in the presentation of methodological naturalism. After defining the term, the author mentions that some Christians think that science depends on methodological naturalism and, so, it is not "anti-Christian" seen within the limits of method, while others believe that the method produces a "naturalism of the gaps" which -- if we believe that God acts not just through secondary causes -- will produce a false understanding of the world. Then they move on -- simply saying Christians disagree. (In fact, I don't think that my summary pieces together some bits said in various lectures, so the actual summary may have been even briefer.)
This is how most issues were presented: quick summary, no substantial engagement, move on to the next issue.
Some may want a brief summary of terms. IMO, such a thing is not worth even a tenth of the $50.00 "regular price." It's been a decade since I've read it, but I remember Keith Ward's "The Big Questions in Science and Religion" as a much more thoughtful engagement (albeit not from an "evangelical" perspective).
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