I'm hijacking a subthread from another group.
There is a textbook publisher in Texas that puts out school workbooks that are said to be from a fundamentalist Christian perspective. One purchaser has stated use of these books will prevent "confusing" the children.
OK, so, is there such a thing as "Christian Math" or "Christian Biology"? And if so, how does Christian higher mathematics differ from the Arab-invented Algebra? Or from the mathematics and Geometry of the polytheistic Greeks?
For purposes of this discussion, I stipulate that there is a fundamentalist Christian interpretation of geology and paleontology. So please don't ring in with Genesis or his grace, bishop Ussher.
Math and biology, only, please.
What ever happened to Ridgway? This would be right up his alley.
Did you miss me...?
I suppose "Christian Math" gets to invent its own numerals.
Christian math is right and Arabic math is wrong, obviously.
I'm kidding. I call this "Oh God Christianity" because as a Christian this is stuff that makes me say "Oh God" and hold my head in despair.
I already answered it there.
I know. I want to see what the "Muscular and Militant" folks have to say.
"Christian" should remain as a noun and never be used as an adjective.
seems like "Christian" is just a brand that looks to promote itself and apply its stickers on as many products as it can.
Really? Makes me embarrassed to call myself Texan. I'm sure Bevo is turning deep crimson, right now.
Only mathematics I can remember from the Gospels had to do with Loaves and Fishes, and can't be explained, even with "Sheldon Cooper" numbers.
The loaves and fishes miracle was based on the theory of quantum uncertainty. The lid was closed so no one could see in but could put their hand in to pull out what was there. The original amount was not known by anyone because so many people put loaves and fishes into the baskets so any amount could exist within the baskets. Therefore any amount could be pulled out and was. So there, scientific explanation for the loaves and fishes.
As for "Christian" vs. "Arabic" math: WHAT? Why would there be a difference? The Bible does not teach math it teaches a way of living or of being.
Unless one takes the Bible at face value, as the Gospel of John reports that it was five loaves and two fish, but that is beside the point.
I agree, math is a logical progression, in all it's forms. To ascribe the term "Christian" to something inanimate like that, to me, reveals a poor understanding of the definition and use of the term.
Sometimes, I lament for my state.
But John wasn't there at the time so he had no actual knowledge of the amount of loaves or fishes in the basket. It's like that dang cat, being all -dead; not-dead and all.
I'm going to get all meta-physics-al here (I never meta-physics I didn't like). Physics is God's language, it's how He created everything. Math is the tool by which we can understand physics. If God changes math, even a little or for a little while, then he destroys or corrupts the tool, which means we cannot understand His work. I don't think He would do that because He wants us to understand.