The St. George’s Centre is committed to relating the good news of Christ to all areas of life. Here we have compiled some resources from leading christian scientists that reveal the connection between the gospel and science.
Fellow in Health Sciences
Jim attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Receiving his medical training at the University of Illinois, he completed subspecialty training in infectious diseases and medical oncology in the US and Canada. He taught, practiced, and did clinical research in oncology in Toronto and Hamilton until 1998. After working for several years with a pharmaceutical company developing a new cancer drug, Jim practiced part-time while obtaining a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. Having completed doctoral studies in theology at Trinity College, University of Bristol in October 2011, he currently has a part-time medical practice in Brantford, Ontario, teaches part-time at the medical school at McMaster University, and is a member and past chair of the Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches. This interdenominational group promotes reflection and education on ethical and theological issues related to new biotechnologies. Jim’s immediate family consists of his wife Thea and three grown sons. Thea is a professor of French literature at Redeemer University College. Jim and Thea are active members of the Christian Reformed Church.
Fellow in Physics
Arnold E. Sikkema earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of British Columbia, and after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Fundamental Theory at the University of Florida has been involved in Christian higher education since 1997, first at Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa), and since 2005 at Trinity Western University (Langley, British Columbia), where he is Professor of Physics and Chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department. His research interests focus on emergence and reductionism, considering both collective motion in biophysical systems and Christian philosophical perspectives on the connections between physics and biology. He is a board member of the Geneva Society for Reformational Worldview Studies at Trinity Western University, President of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation, Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, charter member of the Inklings Institute of Canada, and a board member of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. He and his wife Valerie, a horticulturist, both grew up in southern Ontario, and have three children who attend Trinity Western University and Credo Christian High School.
Mission in Biosphere Perspective
By Cal de Witt
No one has worked longer at the intersection of environmental science, evangelical ethics, and practical activism than Calvin DeWitt. A respected scientist with advanced degrees in biology and zoology, DeWitt spent over 25 years as director of the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, where he worked to help college students learn the principles of Christian environmental stewardship alongside hard science. He’s been one of the prime movers behind almost every significant collaboration between evangelicals, scientists, and politicians, including the much-discussed Evangelical Climate Initiative, a statement from high-profile evangelicals calling for concerted action to battle global warming.
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Models of Integrating Science and Religion
By Gerrit Glas
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By James Rusthoven, Craig Bartholomew
Principles-based biomedical ethics has been a dominant paradigm for the teaching and practice of biomedical ethics for over three decades. Attractive in its conceptual and linguistic simplicity, it has also been criticized for its lack of moral content and justification and its lack of attention to relationships. This book identifies the modernist and postmodernist worldviews and philosophical roots of principlism that ground the moral minimalism of its common morality premise. Building on previous work by prominent Christian bioethicists, an alternative covenantal ethical framework is presented in our contemporary context. Relationships constitute the core of medicine, and understanding the ethical meaning of those relationships is important in providing competent and empathic care. While the notion of covenant is articulated through the richness of meaning taught in the Christian Scriptures, covenantal commitment is also appreciated in Islamic, Jewish, and even pagan traditions as well. In a world of increasing medical knowledge and consequent complexity of care, such commitment can help to resist enticements toward the pursuit of self-interest. It can also improve relationships among caregivers, each of whose specific expertise must be woven into a matrix of care that constitutes optimal medical practice for each vulnerable and needy patient.