Science and Christian Faith
Messiah College affirms a Christian world-view as we guide our students in the difficult process of forming their own beliefs, including their beliefs about how science relates to Christian faith. As faculty members at a Christian liberal arts college, we intentionally expose our students to multiple perspectives, in an atmosphere supportive of faith, in order to help them sort out the issues for themselves. Students in all of our science majors—biology, environmental science, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and physics—take numerous courses that integrate Christian faith and science, ending with a senior Capstone course in which they write an essay explaining their own positions on science and faith. For more information about our approach, see our “Statement on Origins.”
Students are also encouraged to attend events sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science (http://www.messiah.edu/godandscience/index.html), a campus-community organization directed by Dr. Ted Davis, Professor of the History of Science. The menus for current and past events show the range of topics and perspectives that students will encounter at Messiah.
Image: God creates the world with mathematical precision, using the compass to measure the heavens. The still unformed earth sits in the center of the spherical universe, surrounded by the Sun, Moon, and stars that have already been placed in the “firmament” of heaven. From a French Bible moralisée (c. 1208-15), Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Codex Vindobonensis 2554, fol. Iv.