Integration of Faith and Learning
As the “Purposes” indicate, exploration and communication about the relationship of their faith to the mathematical sciences is a central theme of the ACMS. The ACMS accomplishes this mission primarily through the biennial conferences and the journal. Here below are a few other past and current projects that support the purpose of the ACMS.
Recent Member Publications
The member book publications page offers a list of publications by members of the ACMS. If you would like to place an item on this list, please contact the webmaster.
Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology By Derek C. Schuurman (Redeemer University College), publ. InterVarsity Press, (2013).
Digital technology has become a ubiquitous feature of modern life. Our increasingly fast-paced world seems more and more remote from the world narrated in Scripture. But despite its pervasiveness, there remains a dearth of theological reflection about computer technology and what it means to live as a faithful Christian in a digitally-saturated society.
In this thoughtful and timely book, Derek Schuurman provides a brief theology of technology, rooted in the Reformed tradition and oriented around the grand themes of creation, fall, redemption and new creation. He combines a concise, accessible style with penetrating cultural and theological analysis. Building on the work of Jacques Ellul, Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, and drawing from a wide range of Reformed thinkers, Schuurman situates computer technology within the big picture of the biblical story.
Technology is not neutral, but neither is there an exclusively “Christian” form of technological production and use. Instead, Schuurman guides us to see the digital world as part of God’s good creation, fallen yet redeemable according to the law of God. Responsibly used, technology can become an integral part of God’s shalom for the earth.
Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith – Edited by Jim Bradley and Russell Howell.
In a new addition to the groundbreaking “Through the Eyes of Faith” series, the nation’s top Christian professors approach mathematics from a Christian perspective. Co-sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith addresses the Christian student’s need to bring science into accord with faith. This deeply insightful and penetrating exploration of secular scholarship and spiritual pedagogy demonstrates how the discipline of mathematics penetrates the very core issues of human existence, and illustrates how math contributes to the construction of a consistent Christian worldview.
Mathematics in a Postmodern Age – Edited by Jim Bradley and Russell Howell, members of the ACMS, this book explores the nature, historical development and cultural impact of mathematics from a Christian perspective.
Editorial review: The discipline of mathematics has not been spared the sweeping critique of postmodernism. Is mathematical theory true for all time, or are mathematical constructs in fact fallible? This fascinating book examines the tensions that have arisen between modern and postmodern views of mathematics, explores alternative theories of mathematical truth, explains why the issues are important, and shows how a Christian perspective makes a difference.
Bibliography of Christianity and Mathematics: 1910-1983 – Created by Gene Chase and Calvin Jongsma, members of the ACMS, this bibliography is a sponsored activity of the ACMS. The bibliography is quite extensive, so you may wish to refer to the index to this bibliography.
The ACMS website welcomes contributions by members of devotional content that is of interest to other members. Here are some contributions.
- Mathematical devotions by ACMS member Sharon K. Robbert.
In 2003, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) sponsored a workshop at Westmont College on integrating faith with mathematics and computer science. Projects completed by participants are located on the conference website.