The notion that science and religion are at odds has been a successful ideological talking point for decades. A 2015 Pew Research Center Survey shows that 59% of Americans still believe science and religion are in conflict with one another. More specifically, 40% of white evangelical Protestants say their personal beliefs conflict with science. This kind of thinking can only persist if folks do not develop their understanding of scientific concepts and how they intersect with Christian doctrine.
While there are materials available to set the record straight on this matter, none exist quite like the Dictionary of Christianity and Science. This book contains introductions, essays, and multiple view discussions from the likes of Darrell Bock, William Lane Craig, Stephen C. Meyer, and many more. Each entry in the dictionary provides a proper overview of key issues like adam and eve, logical positivism, and quantum physics.
Here is an excerpt from “Image of God” by Tremper Longman III:
Recent research has also seen the linguistic and conceptual connections between the description of humans as image bearers and the forbidden use of images to represent false deities or in some cases even God himself (as forbidden by the second commandment, Ex. 20:4-6). Indeed, the creation of images of God not only errs by violating God’s status as Creator, but also by violating the status of humans as the only divinely authorized image of God.
Each dictionary entry provides references and recommended readings for those that would like to go deeper with a particular issue. As a matter of fact, the entry for “Punctuated Equilibrium” contains 14 references to related scientific journals and books. So the reader has the ability to retain a broad understanding of a particular issue or dive down deep into the specifics of academic thought.
Christians need a faith that is seeking to understand the reality that God has made. As a body of believers in Christ we don’t benefit from shunning study in the area of science; rather we miss an opportunity to know God through His creation. Because the two issues of science and Christianity are so robust in their development, Dictionary of Christianity and Science is uniquely provides useful materials on the intersection of these two important systems.