Biology through the Eyes of Faith
Richard T. Wright
This is an awesome book. It describes the outlook of biology not only through the eyes of faith, but from a Christian theistic point of view. In Biology through the Eyes of Faith, it explains the difference between a scientist’s perception of nature oppose to a Christian’s perception. Scientists say the world evolved which conflicts with the theistic view, which says the world came about through the creator God. In chapter 1, Professor Wright speaks of the living world having many things to amaze us. Once nature catches out attention we realize that biology as a whole affects human life. Yet, many people still debate where life originated. He introduces two worldviews between the Natives and the Europeans who had two very different lifestyles. The European’s neglect to the land was the cause of the Native’s suffrage. Richard defines a worldview as a basic set of values to a way of living. As for Christians, the Bible provides their worldview. In chapter 2, Professor Wright believes that someone’s knowledge of the relationship between God and his world is the foundation to truly understanding biology. People sometimes use terms to refer to the natural world such as cosmos, nature or creation. A naturalistic worldview believes nature came about through evolution. A theistic worldview believes God is the creator. Richard uses Genesis as a great witness to the maker of the world. Creation by his word and wisdom speaks of his great authority over the earth. The creation of life is a great example of God’s Supreme Being. Richard also speaks that creation is in obedience to God, and that the primary purpose of all creation is to bring glory to God. All creation should praise him. In chapter 3, He describes an experiment to test natural bacteria in salt marshes with ribbed mussels. It demonstrated that scientists pay very little attention to the philosophical contours in their research. Richard believes most science textbooks have an ancient view of how scientists think called “the scientific method.” An updated view suggests that there are three things vital to a scientist’s reasoning: data, theories, and shaping principles. Shaping principles such as assumptions and beliefs strongly influence their data and theories. Worldviews commonly shape a scientist’s reasoning. Naïve positivism and New Age subjectivism are two worldviews common among scientists. He believes that although science isn’t absolutely true it’s good to accept those that hold good evidence. In chapter 4, Professor Wright opens that science and Christian belief was highly related to scientific evolution in the early days. Physical scientists saw nature’s creation by a way of the laws that governed it. The founders of natural history provided an argument to point out a basis that point to the great craftsman, God. Darwinian evolution created a new paradigm for natural history. Yet, it had a great impact on the belief that God is the creator. Evolution confused many in their belief about God’s relationship with creation. Some scientists argued other wise and created a great conflict with Darwin’s theory of evolution. A contemporary look at biology and Christian belief starts with understanding the Bible. A proper understanding of God’s word shouldn’t lead to any conflicts. In chapter 5, Professor Wright believes science can interpret Genesis 1. He suggests that it was probably written during the wilderness wanderings of Israel, and was intended to teach the Israelites that God was also the creator of all things. He presents four interpretations of Genesis. The reconstruction theory postulates an original creation that was destroyed by sin. The day-age theory says that the creation days were long, possibly overlapping the days that created the earth. The literalist theory argues that creation took place as a series of supernatural creative acts in six literal days, and the earth maybe much younger than scientists...
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