1. Early Christian Belief in Creation and the Beliefs Sustaining the Modern Scientific Endeavor

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Christopher B. Kaiser

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch1

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Kaiser, C. B. (2012) Early Christian Belief in Creation and the Beliefs Sustaining the Modern Scientific Endeavor, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Western Theological Seminary in Michigan, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455

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Keywords:

  • Early Christian belief, beliefs and modern scientific endeavor;
  • founders of modern Western science, and the Christian faith;
  • creation and science, and God's word, three major alterations;
  • historic matrix of modern science;
  • creation in Scripture “relative autonomy” of nature;
  • the Old Testament, and cosmic nation-state;
  • Gregory, on human intelligence, tuned to a logic, implanted by God;
  • Basil's hexaemeral sermons “work of the six days”;
  • Gregory to Kepler, mathematical truth in laws of the natural world;
  • Christian belief in creation, and modern science, technology

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Old Testament and Second-Temple Judaism

  • The Autonomy of Nature: Basil of Caesarea to John Buridan

  • The Comprehensibility of Nature: Gregory of Nazianzus to Johannes Kepler

  • The Twelfth-Century Reinterpretation: Nature versus God

  • Notes

  • References