This year I am coordinating a seminar on the integration of faith and learning for new faculty. One of the two books we are reviewing is the well-known book by David Myers and Malcolm Jeeves, Psychology Through the Eyes of Faith. This is the revised and updated version that was published by HarperCollins in 2003.
The first chapter is titled “Lessons from the Past: Science and the Christian Faith.” It closes with “Two things [that] are clear”:
First, the birth of science in the seventtenth century was significantly and profoundly influenced by theological concerns. Second, there is an ever-present danger of seeking to use the history of science selectively, so that it is hijacked for apologetic purposes. [pp. 4-5]
The first concern is important to the extent that people forget the profound effect of Christianity on ‘the birth of science’ and the place of a Christian worldview on the development of science. Concerning the second summary concern, the authors indicate that our reliance upon God (and our “allegiance to God”) frees us to investigate human nature. This liberates the Christian from “old superstitious bonds” and “idolatry.” As they state:
Our liberation implies also a new obedience by which we must be willing to submit all our prejudices and all our prior criteria of reasonableness to the test of divine revelation, including the reality of the universe around us. [p. 5]