A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture

A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture In A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture Dr Keith Mathison tackles a topic that has long been a subject of debate aiming to enable believers to approach questions pertaining to science and Sc

  • Title: A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture
  • Author: Keith A. Mathison R.C. Sproul
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  • Page: 484
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  • In A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture, Dr Keith Mathison tackles a topic that has long been a subject of debate, aiming to enable believers to approach questions pertaining to science and Scripture with grace, humility, and patience.

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    About “Keith A. Mathison R.C. Sproul

    • Keith A. Mathison R.C. Sproul

      Dr Keith A Mathison is associate editor of Tabletalk magazine He is also academic dean and professor of systematic theology at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Fla and author of From Age to Age The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology.



    481 thoughts on “A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture

    • Essentially, this little book is a commentary on a statement made by theologian R.C. Sproul. It serves somewhat as a guide for scientists and theologians to come to terms when disagreements arise. The basic argument of the book is as follows: 1. All truth is God's truth. 2. God reveals truth in two ways - General Revelation (nature/science) and Special Revelation (Word of God). 3. Both General and Special Revelation are infallible, however, they are both subject at times to fallible interpretati [...]


    • This was a wonderful but short book on a Reformed approach to science and Scripture. Since God is the fountainhead of all truth, then all truth is God's truth. This means that natural revelation and special revelation are both infallible because they both spring from God. What is fallible, however, is our interpretation to each of them (either our interpretation of the Bible or our scientific theories). There were a lot of quotes from Reformed teachers (Augustine, Calvin, Luther, Aquinas, Hodge, [...]


    • Excellent. In this day and age with all the scientific findings that are around it is good to take a step back. God has revealed Himself to man in two ways, general and special revelation. Both are infallible. This means that general revelation cannot contradict special revelation and vice versa. This short book does an excellent job at warning Christians on the dangers of taking an interpretation of Scripture over scientific fact. Conversely it is impossible to believe scientific theory that is [...]


    • I found this to be disappointing on many levels. First of all, it was merely a commentary on a lecture by R.C. Sproul. Not that this is a problem. But it was more like reading a review of someone else's work. Secondly, there was no actual "approach" advocated. There was a lot of dancing around issues. Perhaps "that" is the aforementioned approach. Thirdly, the word "science" in the title is far too general. The only issue the book was addressing is the age of the universe. It was not advocating [...]


    • This is an excellent little booklet, which shows how one can deal with debates about origins while remaining faithful to a high view of scripture. The authors are very careful not to be dogmatic about issues that cannot be fully known. While not all Christians come from a reformed background, I believe that all would benefit from this booklet.


    • A very interesting read that helped temper my thoughts on the subject. Would have been nice to reference someone other than Sproul all the time, it made it feel a little one sided. This had potential to be a good book but ended up being little more than a long winded paraphrasing of someone else's thoughts.


    • Generally insightful. More of a wise approach to look at the conversation of creation. It basically covers RC Sproul's comments on the idea with just a bit of logical investigation. Quick read.


    • The author makes one good point, which is that we need to make sure that we don't misinterpret God's special revelation and then use that misinterpretation to misinterpret God's natural revelation. Unfortunately, that's the author's only point, and he hammers it chapter after chapter without building on it or moving on from it.


    • A good thing about buying a book that really is a book is that you get a sense of what kind of book it wants to be. A 600 page treatment is a different beast from an 80 page piece - neither is necessarily better, but the aims will differ.With an ebook, this is harder. And, perhaps, easier to be disappointed. 'I thought this was going to be in-depth, but it's only a brief guide.' Or, 'I just wanted something simple, not the history of the universe.'So let's explain the intangibles of this book. A [...]


    • I thought this was a good introduction to the topic if you are unfamiliar with the subject. It was oddly written as a commentary on a speech given by Dr. Sproul in 2012. I think if this book were to be expanded to include discussion on many of the ongoing discussions beyond the age of the universe, that would be very helpful.


    • One of the challenges of picking up an e-book is that you're not quite sure how long it's going to be. So as someone who came into this book expecting at least a couple hundred page long investigation of the relationship of science and Scripture, discovering that this was only a fifty-page barely-not-a-pamphlet was disappointing.Such is life, though. It's best to judge something on its own merits and not by what you had expected it to be. The only problem is, there's not much here. This book str [...]


    • This is a short, basic book that argues for what should be elementary: all truth is God's truth. More applicably, Keith Mathison argues that theologians can misinterpret Scripture just as scientists can misinterpret nature.Because it is introductory, the author does not get into the questions of epistemology raised throughout. One illustration of this is in chapter 7 where he argues that only if Christ is not risen from the dead is our faith in vain. Besides limiting Paul's meaning (he didn't sa [...]


    • This short e-book gives an overview the Reformed view of truth and applies that to how we understand science. It re-affirms that "all truth is God's truth", and that as Christians, we don't need to be afraid of scientific truth. Any truth, now matter its source, will point us to God.The problem comes in when we confuse what revelation (special or general) actually says with our interpretation of that revelation. If a claim of science conflicts with a claim of scripture, what are we to do? We nee [...]


    • A pretty short book with the main argument that both natural and supernatural revelation are infallible. The interpreters of either form of revelation, however, are not.It’s a great thought. I don’t know that it’s new, but maybe the way it was presented was new.Basically, the book is a recap (and elaboration) on what R.C. Sproul said at some conference. In general it kind of reads like a high school (or maybe early college) paper. I mean no offense to the author of course; but that’s jus [...]


    • An excellent and well-reasoned defence of a biblical approach to the relationship between science and scripture. Sometimes it came across as a bit of a panegyric to R. C. Sproul, but it was probably because the entire short book is based on about a paragraph's-worth of words Sproul said in answer to a question at a conference. It's a quick read, and definitely worth the time.(n.b if you're looking for a defence of calendar day creationism, day-age creationism, or framework creationism, you won't [...]


    • This is a very basic book. The concepts to me were obvious but I guess for some it would help them to better understand the relationship between biblical theology and science. It seems to be more of a commentary on Dr. Sproul's statement and didn't seem to get into specific theories- which is what I was expecting. It did highlight on some key points and I do think it's a good, easy, and quick read. Hopefully it lessens the bashing from one side to the other but either way it's a good read. Recom [...]


    • Dr. Sproul doesn't know how old the earth is! He thinks we can learn things from non-Christians! And he even goes so far as to imagine that we are fallible in our interpretations of Scripture! How can he dare claim to be a Fundamentalist Reformed??!? [Heehee]Mathison's concise book deftly explains Sproul's approach to the relationship of science and theology, displaying the sound Reformed and biblical credentials for his view. A helpful, quick read.


    • Read this book. It's short and concise (and free for kindle!) Here's the point: All truth is God's truth. God has revealed the truth in two ways: Special Revelation (scripture) and Natural Revelation (nature). The two cannot contradict each other as *both* are infallible revelation of God. HOWEVER: All humans are fallible when interpreting God's truth, whether revealed (scripture) or natural (scientific). Let's all use humility and caution and avoid creating false dilemmas.


    • Using RC Sproul's remarks regarding the age of Earth as its framework, this is good pre-suppositional look at how God provides science the light for discovery of more of His Creation. Religion and science are not necessarily at odds, but in matters of biblical silence, complimentary. If read in one sitting, you may find this a bit pedantic and repetitious as each chapter starts with a portion of Sproul's comments that were shared in their entirety at the beginning.


    • Good insight on science and scriptureBook does an excellent describing a reformed view of the relationship scripture and science and holds a high view of the Bible . It's a good intro book to the subject , but I was hoping for more of a detailed discussion of actual instances were science and scripture conflict . For example like the whole old earth / new earth thing , however that gets left somewhat unanswered


    • The premise of the book is simple. it expounds a comment RC Sproul made at a Ligonier conference regarding the age of the earth.However, simple as the premise is, the answer Sproul gave was very good, and he articulated a balanced, Reformed view of the interplay of Science and Scripture. Mathison does a great job of using Sproul's comment as an access point to the Reformed tradition's approach to science and faith. I recommend this book. It is also mercifully short.


    • As a student at Reformation Bible College, I have the tremendous opportunity to have Dr. Mathison as my professor. Most of this was not new, as he incorporated many of these themes into his lectures. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding little booklet on a very controversial issue. I only hope that this book encourages more discussion and greater love between those of different persuasions.


    • A short book, the information given was good although not really earth shattering. I felt the author, Keith A. Mathison, was too enamored by R.C. Sproul but I guess that is to be expected since the book is published by Ligonier Ministries. Mathison basically offers a commentary on a statement made by R. C. Sproul in response to a question at a conference.


    • This book is worth reading, but it may generate more questions than answers. The author primarily quotes Dr. Sproul, which us not necessarily bad considering the intent of the book. I appreciate the author's focus on getting Christians to refrain from jumping to unnecessary conclusions. Trusting in Scripture does not mean that we must doubt every scientific claim.


    • The author discusses how the Fall and sin affects man's ability to see creation clearly. He writes "God's revelation in creation is equally as infallible as His revelation in Scripture." But the author never addresses how sin and the Fall affects creation itself, and therefore how God reveals Himself to man thru a now fallen and sinful creation.


    • A quick read, logically organized with a helpful reminder of the importance of the need for harmony between general revelation and special revelation. It includes a good analysis of the mistakes of past theologians on the topic of geocentricity and a humble perspective on the age of the universe.


    • People will find this small book helpful if they are planning to study any divisive scientific topic. Christians should approach these topics with caution and humility and keep in mind that scientists and theologians are both fallible.


    • Short e-book based on a few statements made by RC Sproul but nevertheless deals with a lot of truths regarding how Christians should think about the Scientific Enterprise. Excellent introductory book.


    • A sound approach to conflicts between science and theology, and some sage advice about how to consider God's infallible special, and infallible special revelation based on RC Sproul's thoughts on the matter.


    • A very helpful logical breakdown of the Reformed view of science and scripture. The author takes a lecture by RC Sproul and expands on it with examples and information. This is a very short read, very understandable even by a non-science person.


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