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    Cultivating a Personal Environmental Ethic

    (Click on title to download pdf) Sometimes it seems as if our culture is inundated with secular jargon regarding environmental issues, with rhetoric focusing on the idea that the entire earth and everything on it is most properly viewed as a single organism. But what ought to be our perspective as Christ-followers? I believe there is great merit in acknowledging our calling from the Creator to be caretakers of his creation, and that we as Christ-followers should be leading the charge to care for the earth and all that is in it. Various verses of Scripture speak of the value God puts on creation.
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    Faith Integration in the Science Classroom

    (Click on title to download pdf) As Christian instructors of science, many of us have a passionate desire to help students wrestle through the issues of science and faith that we ourselves have wrestled with. There are a wide variety of ways that faith and learning can be integrated in the sciences, including the methods listed below: 1) Excellence: doing everything – including science – to the best of one’s ability, as unto God; 2) Ethics: practicing science according to biblical morality (e.g., human dignity, respect for life, freedom); 3) Stewardship: exploring the Christian role as accountable stewards for the gifts with which God has entrusted us (e.g., caring for nature/environment, developing individual gifts and talents); 4) Exploration: investigating the wonders of creation (marveling at the order expressed in the “laws of nature”, as well as the design, complexity and comprehensibility of nature; wondering how God did it; trying to grasp the improbability of it all). 5) Hermeneutics: searching out the context and intention of Biblical passages relating to origins and other scientific concepts. 6) Worldview: examining the truth-claims of alternative worldviews vis a vis the Christian perspective relative to efficacy, utility, reason and logic. Through the thoughtful implementation of each of these methods, students may come to understand that the truth about nature and the truth about nature’s Creator must complement, not contradict, each other since the Creator-God is One, and as such is the source of all truth.