Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?
Below are a few selected readings, favorites of those of us in the CFI. We have found these works to prompt thought on both prevailing issues of the day and timeless questions of faith.
Boundaries for Your Soul
Do your emotions control you, or do you control your emotions? The Bible talks a lot about rejoicing and serving. Most Christians want to serve God and others, but it’s hard to help others when you’re hurting inside.
If anger, guilt, or self-criticism sometimes dominate your life and negatively affect your relationships, I encourage you to read Boundaries for Your Soul, a groundbreaking approach for bringing peace to overwhelming emotions and harmony to your inner world. Through this book, Christian counselor and co-author Kimberly Miller, MTh, LMFT, presents a proven, practical, five-step method to calm the chaos within.
The book includes relatable anecdotes, helpful exercises, an engaging quiz, and opportunities for personal reflection. Gathering the wisdom from her years of advanced education, biblical studies, and clinical practice, Kimberly’s book will set you on a journey to become the loving, authentic, joyful person you were created to be.
Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?
Plasma physicist Ian Hutchinson has been asked hundreds of questions about faith and science:
In this comprehensive volume, Hutchinson answers a full range of inquiries with sound scientific insights and measured Christian perspective. Without minimizing challenging questions, he explores how science and Christianity are mutually supportive and intellectually consistent.
Both God and science truthfully address our curiosity and destiny. Find answers to your deepest questions.
God Has Not Left Himself Without Witness
The past two centuries have seen a slow but definite turning away from enlightenment dismissal of the spiritual realm, and a new openness to spiritual realities, including the work of God the Holy Spirit, has emerged.
Theologian Ivan Satyavrata believes that while there is much to celebrate in this focus on the Spirit and his workings after several centuries of relative neglect, there is a pressing need to relate our present experience of the Spirit to the teaching of God's Word. In a context of growing cultural and religious plurality, how can we recognize where and how the Holy Spirit is present and at work today? This is a task to which this book is devoted.
As a theologian and leader of the Church in India, Ivan Satyavrata brings a unique perspective to our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit throughout the world. His voice makes a strong contribution to the Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective series. For this volume, Dr. Ivan Satyavrata was identified by the series editor, the late theologian John Stott, as a leading international evangelical thinker, and subsequently asked to write this volume as an intercultural exposition of this neglected member of the Trinity and this key tenet of Christian belief.
Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind
Already an acclaimed Christocentric theology for contemporary evangelical intellectual life, Mark Noll's Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind (2011) significantly updates Noll’s critical assessment of evangelical Christian scholarship in his landmark Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (1994). In this newer book -- now in paperback -- Noll charts a positive way forward for evangelical thinking and learning.
Noll’s Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind shows how the orthodox Christology confessed in the ancient Christian creeds, far from hindering or discouraging serious scholarship, can supply the motives, guidance, and framework for learning. Christian faith, Noll argues, can richly enhance intellectual engagement in the various academic disciplines -- and he demonstrates how by applying his insights to the fields of history (his own area of expertise), science, and biblical studies in particular.
In a substantial postscript Noll candidly addresses the question How fares the “evangelical mind” today? as he highlights “hopeful signs” of intellectual life in a host of evangelical institutions, individuals, and movements.
Liberal Arts for the Christian Life
For over forty years, Leland Ryken has championed and modeled a Christian liberal arts education. His scholarship and commitment to integrating faith with learning in the classroom have influenced thousands of students who have sat under his winsome teaching. Published in honor of Professor Ryken and presented on the occasion of his retirement from Wheaton College, this compilation carries on his legacy of applying a Christian liberal arts education to all areas of life.
Five sections explore the background of a Christian liberal arts education, its theological basis, habits and virtues, differing approaches, and ultimate aims. Contributors including Philip Ryken, Jeffry Davis, Duane Litfin, John Walford, Alan Jacobs, and Jim Wilhoit analyze liberal arts as they relate to the disciplines, the Christian faith, and the world. Also included are a transcript of a well-known 1984 chapel talk delivered by Leland Ryken on the student’s calling and practical chapters on how to read, write, and speak well.
Comprehensive in scope, this substantial volume will be a helpful guide to anyone involved in higher education, as well as to students, pastors, and leaders looking for resources on the importance of faith in learning.