embracing science and faith
This website is for everyone who likes to think. It's for learners and teachers. Of course, this includes you, since each of us is a learner, a self-teacher, and a teacher of others.
We want to help you learn quickly and well, in a wide range of fascinating areas:
Is harmony possible? Some people — perhaps you? — think our page title (embracing Science and Faith) is impossible because science and Christian faith are in conflict. The unfortunately common idea of "warfare between science and religion" is dramatic, and it can be useful for anti-Christian rhetoric. This colorful portrayal of history has exerted a powerful influence on views about science-and-religion, but it's oversimplistic and is rejected by historians. We want to replace this misconception with accurate understanding, so we'll explain why conventional modern science is compatible with Bible-based theology.
Above, in the logo of the American Scientific Affiliation, two arrows symbolize two perspectives, and our commitments to live by faith in God, and do science with integrity. The vertical arrow represents our efforts to develop a theology based on studying God's revelation to us in scripture. The horizontal arrow represents our efforts to develop a science based on studying God's creation in nature. For many questions, our understanding of total reality (spiritual plus physical) will be more complete and accurate if we wisely use both sources of information, in scripture and nature.
What? Our goals are to help you enjoy the exciting adventure of learning and thinking, explore the fascinating world created by God, and (if you're a Christian) to grow in faith. We want to stimulate your thinking, while you're learning Christian perspectives on "the two books of God" in scripture and nature. And we hope teachers will become more effective in motivating students and helping them improve their knowledge and thinking skills.
Why? Each of us, including you, should want to achieve our full potential as whole persons — mentally (in the quality of our thinking) and physically (with nutritious food, exercise and sleep, knowledge and awareness) plus emotionally, interpersonally, and spiritually (in relationships with ourself, others, and God) — both now and in the long run, when all things are considered. And we also should want to help others achieve what is best for them as whole people, as taught by Jesus in the second most important commandment.
How? Maybe we can help you learn from life and make progress toward your goals. Our website is a self-education resource for busy people with "too much to do and not enough time.” You don't want to waste valuable time — it's "the stuff life is made of" — so we want to help you learn a lot in a little time. For each of many interesting topics, you can learn about a variety of views in our Multiple Perspectives website that gives you a Quick Education in two stages: introductory pages quickly show you a "big picture” overview, then (in pages we link to) you can explore what you want in more depth. And our sitemap also offers Help for Teachers.
Who? We're the Science Education Commission of the American Scientific Affiliation, which is a fellowship of scientists — and engineers, and scholars in fields related to science, such as the history and philosophy of science, and science education — who are Christians because we believe what the Bible says about Jesus Christ, and we have accepted the gift of life graciously offered by God.
To learn more about a wide range of fascinating ideas,
Science and Religion: Education for Christian Faith
you can begin exploring in any of the 7 areas below, or
visit the SiteMap for an overview of what's in the areas.
the ASA Home-Page and
ASA Homeschool Science Resources