As the great 17th century astronomer, Johannes Kepler, said, “Science is the process of thinking God’s thoughts after him.” His contemporary, Francis Bacon, the father of inductive reasoning famously observed: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.” The study of God’s world is a very natural and comfortable place for a Christian to plant himself. There is nothing contradictory about science and faith. After all science is simply an effort to be attentive to God’s world, to observe, test, describe, analyze and understand the inner workings of things. Christians of all people should be deeply committed to this work because God gave to Adam and Eve the stewardship of His creation; we who follow Christ should be more deeply interested in the world he has made and the creation he promises to redeem than any other people.
In an effort to strengthen our commitment to this attentiveness, CCA is increasing the amount of time and resources dedicated to the study of science especially in grades 10-12. Science courses like Chemistry, Physics, A.P. Physics, A.P. Chemistry, and A.P. Biology all will have five periods per week instead of four. In this way we are committing a double period to regular lab work and hands on exploration of God’s world. An increased science budget will allow new materials to be purchased and a whole new slate of labs to to conducted. Mrs. Story has already begun to introduce these new lab opportunities to her curriculum in upper divisional science classes.
There is nothing like getting out and seeing God’s creation directly. The 9th grade class, studying Biology with Ms. Cushing, traveled to Chincoteague Bay in Virginia during Academic Travel Week to study marine science and the ecological richness of the salt marshes of the mid-Atlantic region. This year Ms. Cushing and I are leading an exciting trip to the Costa Rican rainforest (Feb. 17-25) where we will be staying in Campanario, a science station on the Pacific coast in the Osa Peninsula. These are amazing opportunities to see the diversity of God’s creation and the beautiful interdependencies (symbiosis) that He has built into the created order.
I look forward to “thinking God’s thoughts after Him” with our CCA student community. There are exciting opportunities ahead to observe, explore, and ask questions of the world that God has made. Nothing gets me more excited than these activities. I hope to see the eyes of our students light up too as we roll up our sleeves and go to work learning about God’s world.
By David Church, Upper School of Logic and Rhetoric Principal