In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis noted that the “triumphs [of science] may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” This can easily leave an eager science teacher confused even if he agrees. How do we do this? What decisions and steps might administrators and teachers make in the Christian Classical renewal in order to heed this call to repentance issued by Lewis? Lewis is concerned with scientism, reductionism and science’s dreams of power. This session will discuss basic principles and a new trajectory for our classrooms that can overcome these perennial pitfalls for science. The session will explore how employing a holistic curriculum, an incarnational pedagogy, and an interdisciplinary approach can begin to address Lewis’ concerns.
Ravi Jain graduated from Davidson College as a pre-med, political science major having also served as a teaching assistant in physics and ancient Greek. He worked at various churches before receiving an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been teaching AP Calculus and AP Physics at the Geneva School since 2003. During this tenure he has sought to understand and champion the role of math and science in a Christian Classical curriculum. Over the past four years he has had the opportunity to deliver over 35 talks or workshops on these topics at various schools and conferences across the country.