November / December 1994 Edition
This and the previous edition of The Real Issue are devoted to the theme of faith and science. Your comments, suggestions, and requests concerning The Real Issue may be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contents, November/December 1994:
- Special Edition: Faith and Science
- Rich McGee, 12 year staff member of Christian Leadership Ministries, guest edits this second issue of the Real Issue that is devoted to faith and science. In this introductory article, he explains his purpose is twofold: 1) to provide valuable information from leading thinkers whom God is using and 2) to inspire Christian professors to combine this with their own research to develop scientific apologetics presentations.
- Stephen Hawking, The Big Bang, and God (Part 1)
- Dr. "Fritz" Schaeffer, the Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and the director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia, makes comments on Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Although Dr. Schaeffer notes some areas in which he disagrees with Hawking, he concludes, ". . . the reason for Hawking's success as a popularizer of science, is that he addresses the problems of meaning and purpose that concern all thinking people."
- The Professor's Obligation
- Dr. Rae Mellichamp, Emeritus Professor of Management Science in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama, chose to leave his life of 25 years as a successful university professor and join the fulltime staff of Christian Leadership Ministries. What would compel such a successful educator to leave his life as a university professor? Mellichamp says the answer to that lies behind his life as a Christian professor.
- Is God Unconstitutional? (Part 2)
- Dr. Phillip E. Johnson, professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley and author of the book Darwin on Trial, brings his acute legal mind to the many issues surrounding Darwinism. He concludes his exposition of the deeply philosophical bias for faith in evolution held by the theory's advocates.
- Ruse "Gives Away the Store"
- Dr. Michael Ruse, professor of zoology and philosophy of science at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, stunned his listeners at the 1993 annual AAAS meeting in Boston by announcing that he had recently come to view evolution as ultimately based on several unproven philosophical assumptions. Tom Woodward, president of the C. S. Lewis Fellowship, documents this historic meeting.
- Is Science a Threat or Help to Faith?
- Dr. J. P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, responds to the question "How are we to understand the relationship between science and Christianity?" He concludes, "There is nothing wrong in principle, however, with bringing one's theology into the practice of science. . . . it is time for Christians to rethink these matters and allow theistic science to be a part of how they love God with their minds."
- An Academic Trip with Eternal Benefits
- Dr. Phil Bishop, Professor of Physiology at the University of Alabama, shares how "just another academic trip" turned into a short-term missionary opportunity in Ecuador. He concludes, "Every trip we as Christian faculty make has the potential of reaping eternal benefits."