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A Textbook for Teaching Scientific Theories of Origins at Christian Colleges and High Schools

Wheaton College
Dr. Stephen Moshier, Dr. Larry L. Funck, Dr. Robert C. Bishop, Dr. Ray J. Lewis, and Dr. John H. Walton

This project will enable development of a general college-level textbook on scientific theories of origins. Book content and pedagogy follows from the authors’ sixteen years of teaching Theories of Origins, a general education science course at Wheaton College that provides an overview of mainstream scientific theories for the creation of the universe, earth, life, diversity of life, and humankind. The authors, representing the sciences and biblical studies, will guide the reader through origins theories and introduce approaches for relating scientific and biblical accounts of creation. A significant objective is for readers, like our students having no particular science background, to appreciate the sophistication of modern scientific work on origins problems and to understand the evidence leading to scientific paradigms and paradigm shifts. Tensions perceived by readers between scientific and biblical accounts of origins are defused when the purviews of science and theology are properly defined and their historical engagement is reviewed, a robust doctrine of creation is explored, and the cultural-historical contexts of scriptural accounts are understood. We hope that this textbook will facilitate the development of similar courses at Christian colleges, high schools, or home schools. Christian students who are studying origins in secular educational settings would also benefit from this book, as would seminary students, pastors and Christian scholars seeking an objective, introductory background in these topics. A website will accompany the textbook providing complementary resources and updates to the text on origins studies and relevant biblical scholarship.

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