of God's handiwork in the universe
The heart of Goshen Colleges Christian mission
is to integrate faith and learning. Students come to Goshen to learn in an academic
community that encourages and supports them not only by helping each
student develop their individual gifts and calling, but wrestling and living
consistently with and sharing their beliefs.
The places where faith and reason intersect
provide infinite questions. The colleges role, then, is to provide a framework
for asking questions throughout a lifetime. We ask students to bring their values
to their academics, and a foundation-building general education program helps
them make connections between fields of study.
In that spirit, Goshen College also instituted
a community theme in 1999 (see page 4). The topic for 2000-2001 is Discovering
Truth: Intersections of Religion and Science, featured in this issue of
Scientific discoveries transform our understandings
of and response to the world around us. But does that mean our faith must change?
Since the Enlightenment, Westerners have articulated this paradox in terms of
faith and reason, often polarizing the two. Many Christian scientists, however,
are more interested in the interconnectedness of lifes mysteries as was
Augustine, who noted, Credo ut intelligam I believe in order
In his 1995 acceptance of the 25th Templeton
Prize for Progress in Religion, Paul Davies, a professor of mathematical physics
at the University of Adelaide, Australia, described this relationship between
intellectual and spiritual query:
It was from the intellectual ferment brought about by the merging of Greek
philosophy and Judeo-Islamic-Christian thought that modern science emerged
All the early scientists, like Newton, were religious in one way or another.
They saw their science as a means of uncovering traces of Gods handiwork
in the universe. What we now call the laws of physics they regarded as Gods
abstract creation: thoughts, so to speak, in the mind of God.
On this campus, it isnt just Bible and
religion majors and those in the sciences discussing these engaging issues,
but everyone, through our community theme.
We invite you to join this campus-wide discussion
through these essays and stories.
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Science and simplicity by
President Shirley H. Showalter
of God: The search for truth and beauty by Carl Helrich
community: General education guides discussion by Ryan Miller with Beth
Martin Birky 83
The best of
times, the worst of times by Owen Gingerich 51
Science and spirit, hand
in hand by Debra Brubaker 79
Marrying science and religion, in classroom and
home interview with Elizabeth (Miller) 51 and Marlin Jeschke
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