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Finding Wonder, Work, Wisdom, and Worship in Natural Science

natural scienceNatural science teachers love to delight their students with natural wonders and see jaws drop. But as students get older teachers feel pressure to increase rigor which can squeeze out room for wonder. But Einstein says that the state of mind which enables a man to do serious scientific work is akin to that of the religious worshiper or the lover; the effort comes straight from the heart. So how can a teacher teach science excellently and retain wonder? This workshop will explore how recovering natural history and the common arts provides the appropriate context for wonder and work in natural science and teaching along the narrative of discovery in conversation with Biblical thought can cultivate a wisdom which culminates in worship.