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9/28/13 at 09:46 AM 40 Comments

Salvo Magazine's 80-Page Supplemental Issue on Science & Faith

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Are Christianity and science at war with one another? Not according to leading historians. "The greatest myth in the history of science and religion holds that they have been in a state of constant conflict," wrote historian of science Ronald Numbers in 2009. Dr. Numbers is not an adherent to any religious faith. He is also one of the world's top experts on the history of science and religion. Why does the popular "science vs. Christianity" stereotype continue despite the impressive historical and scientific evidence otherwise? Explore this in my essay just published in Salvo magazine.

Yesterday Casey Luskin announced at ENV:

In its fall, 2013 edition, Salvo magazine has published a special 80-page Supplemental Issue on Science and Faith. Contributors include some prominent names from both inside and outside the ID movement. A sampling of names is below (or you can also visit here for the full list), but ENV readers will recognize many of them -- William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, Stephen Meyer, John West, Mike Keas, Richard Weikart, Frank Tipler, and many others. Some of the contributors are even critical of ID, but nonetheless believe that scientism -- the idea that only scientific investigation can lead to knowledge -- is wrongheaded.
Many of the articles are science-focused, critical of materialist explanations for the origin and diversification of life and/or making an explicit case for intelligent design. For example, one of my articles, "Has Science Shown That We Evolved from Ape-like Creatures?," explains why the fossil evidence "contradicts the expectations of neo-Darwinian evolution and suggests that unguided evolutionary mechanisms do not account for the origin of our species."

Here are excerpts of an announcement from Salvo about the Science & Faith special issue:

Salvo magazine is pleased to announce a supplement to its fall 2013 issue that's devoted exclusively to the issues surrounding science and faith. The 80-page supplement features contributions from prominent academics in such fields as the Philosophy of Science, Biology, Zoology, Physics, Earth Sciences, and Astronomy, as well as leading Christian apologists from such organizations as Stand to Reason, Reasons to Believe, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

The purpose of the special issue is to shed light on the potentialities and limitations of both science and faith and to challenge the increasingly widespread notion that the two spheres of knowledge offer conflicting information about the origins and development of life. Among the many issues it addresses are scientism, evolution, intelligent design, the peer-review process, miracles, Adam and Eve, natural and moral evil, and consciousness.

Contributors to the supplement include Frank Tipler, Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University, Austin Hughes, the University of South Carolina Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences; Stephen Meyer, the Founder and Director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture; Greg Koukl, the Founder and Director of Stand to Reason; and William Dembski, the Head of the Institute of Scientific Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

The can purchase a $7 copy of just the Science & Faith special issue, or you can subscribe to Salvo: Society, Sex, Science, and get much more. A few sample essays from the special issue are available for free online, including my essay, In the Beginning: Episodes in the Origin & Development of Science, which opens with this:

Are Christianity and science at war with one another? Not according to leading historians. "The greatest myth in the history of science and religion holds that they have been in a state of constant conflict," wrote historian of science Ronald Numbers in 2009. Even though he and other historians of science have documented this conclusion thoroughly, many myths about the alleged warfare between science and theistic religion continue to be promulgated in popular literature and textbooks.

The truth is that science and biblical religion have been friends for a long time. Judeo-Christian theology has contributed in a friendly manner to such science-promoting ideas as discoverable natural history, experimental inquiry, universal natural laws, mathematical physics, and investigative confidence that is balanced with humility. Christian institutions, especially since the medieval university, have often provided a supportive environment for scientific inquiry and instruction.

Why have we forgotten most of the positive contributions of Christianity to the rise of modern science? This cultural amnesia is largely due to the influence of a number of anti-Christian myths about science and religion. These myths teach that science came of age only in the victory of naturalism over Christianity.

This article will review and correct some of those myths, so that the next time you hear one of them, you can counter it with the true story of science and faith. Read more.

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