Making Elbow Room for Faith in the Science Classroom


by
John Mays June 26, 2014


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014

ABSTRACT:

How should faith statements be balanced with scientific statements in science classes? In this workshop we will develop four classes of observable phenomena. We will note that while the Creator is involved with his creation at all levels, our ability to formulate a natural explanation for a given phenomenon depends on which class it is in. In Class 1, scientific explanations are readily available. In Class 4, they are not, and only Christian faith can provide an explanation. In this way we will demonstrate that bringing faith into scientific discourse does not always entail a “God of the gaps” argument.


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Classroom Faith Science Teachers


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John Mays
John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MEd in Secondary Education and an Master’s of Liberal Arts. He served as the Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School from 2001 to 2009, then became Director of the Laser Optics Lab at Regents. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009, and is the author of numerous student science texts and teacher resources. Now working full time as writer, publisher and consultant, John continues to teach students part time at the Laser Optics Lab at Regents.

Other Contributions by John Mays

Science: Discovery and Discipleship

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Article - SCL Conference 2015

Slaying the “Cram, Test, Forget” Dragon

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Course Sequencing for Upper School Science

Article - SCL Conference 2014


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