Biology Through the Eyes of Faith

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Biology through the Eyes of Faith
Richard T. Wright
This is an awesome book. It describes the outlook of biology not only through the eyes of faith, but from a Christian theistic point of view. In Biology through the Eyes of Faith, it explains the difference between a scientist’s perception of nature oppose to a Christian’s perception. Scientists say the world evolved which conflicts with the theistic view, which says the world came about through the creator God.
In chapter 1, Professor Wright speaks of the living world having many things to amaze us. Once nature catches out attention we realize that biology as a whole affects human life. Yet, many people still debate where life originated. He introduces two worldviews between the Natives
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Richard also speaks of four interpretive frameworks for relating science and scripture. Concordism says that the Bible contains information about nature that harmonizes with scientific reasoning. Substitutionism suggests if the Bible doesn’t agree with scientific truth it should be substituted for the scientific reasoning. Compartmentalism says science and scripture should be kept apart because they are two different things. Complementarism says that science and scripture complement each other.
In chapter 6, Richard opens up with ultimate origins. He suggests that the theistic view should be considered in the work of scientists to probe the origin of life in the distant past. Richard speaks of Pasteur’s demolition of the spontaneous generation theory, which created a problem for those who saw the world from a naturalistic perspective. Pasteur stood on God being the creator as the only alternative. There seemed to be a battle between scientific reasoning and the theistic view. Yet, scientific reasoning involves faith as well. Some of the major problems with scientific views are: questions of oxygen being present in the atmosphere; the lack of geological evidence for the primordial soup of organic compounds or protocells; the high degree of investigator interference in prebiotic simulation experiments; and difficulties in imagining the jump from biopolymers and protocells to the first living and reproducing cell. Scientists Thaxton, Bradley, and Olsen states a distinction

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