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Science & Technology

In this module you will be studying science and technology from a biblical perspective. Some Christians and non-Christians have created a false antithesis between the Bible and science. Whilst the Bible is not a scientific textbook, it does provide the best framework for pursuing science and technology.

As Christians, we believe that God created the world and everything in it, and called it ‘good’. There is nothing inherently evil in God’s creation (Genesis 1 & 2). However, we don’t believe that the material/physical world is divine (pantheism). Christians have a God-centered view of the material creation, meaning the world is created by God, yet distinct and separate from God, while still being under his authority. The world that God created is rational, orderly and subject to the laws of science. We also believe that human beings are created in God’s image and we have a responsibility to care for the earth and be stewards, according to God’s plan and purpose. This understanding of the material world and human uniqueness (as image-bearers of God) provides the right basis for pursuing scientific knowledge and for developing technology. This is the reason that Christians have made—and continue to make—huge contributions to the development of science and technology. Many of the greatest scientists in the world have been Christians. However, as Christians we also have to deal with certain ethical issues in the field of science and technology. The God-given gifts of science and technology should only be used as a means to promote human dignity and the flourishing of communities. We believe that the Bible, and not science, must have the final word on matters of morality.

In this module you will be studying three connected but distinct fields. These are science, the environment and technology. All three topics connect with the material/physical world created by God and our human interaction with it. Lesson one is on the Bible and science, and lesson two explores understanding the unique place of humans in God’s creation. The first two lessons lay the intellectual groundwork. Lesson three on creation care, and lesson four on technology, are two areas of application for these ideas.

An important aspect of relational living is living in a right relationship with God’s creation.

Learning Objectives:

Lesson – 1: Bible & Science
What is science? Understanding the relationship between the Bible and science.

Lesson – 2: Human Uniqueness
Human beings as image-bearers of God. How does this view impact scientific research?

Lesson – 3: Creation Care
Understanding the material and non-human creation from a biblical perspective. What is relational living when it comes to creation?

Lesson – 4: Technology
Thinking critically and understanding the relational impact of technology.

Happy Learning!

To begin with, watch the introductory video with Prof. Denis Alexander explaining some of the broad themes and issues you will learn about in the Science and Technology module. [Video uploaded shortly.]

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