Randall Zachman on Calvin’s Support of Science

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I've never considered myself a Calvinist, and I'm unable to accept the ultra-deterministic sense of Calvin that some preach (leading ironically to the claim that I must be predestined not to accept it??). But I've been drawn into the culture of the Christian Reformed folks in Grand Rapids, and I now attend a CRC church in South Bend, IN. So I'm trying to be more friendly to Calvin than I have been at some times in the past. To that end, here's an interesting video to watch this weekend.

Randall Zachman is Professor of Reformation Studies from the University of Notre Dame.  He has written a number of books on Calvin, such as John Calvin as Teacher, Theologian, and Pastor (2006), Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin (2009), and Reconsidering John Calvin (2012).  In this 60 minute video he is speaking at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland as part of the Scientists in Congregations initiative.  The title of his talk is “Why Should Free Scientific Inquiry Matter for Faith?  A Lesson from History.”  He shows how Calvin’s thought and work is highly conducive to the encouragement of the study of the natural world.  Indeed Calvin makes the case that science is a Christian vocation.

If you know of other videos or podcasts that would be of interest to the readership of FESQI, please let me know.




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Jim Stump

Jim Stump is Senior Editor at BioLogos. As such he oversees the development of new content and curates existing content for the website and print materials. Jim has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and was formerly a philosophy professor and academic administrator. He has authored Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and edited Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Zondervan 2017). Other books he has co-authored or co-edited include: Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010, 2016), The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity, 2016), and Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos (InterVarsity, 2017).

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