The Natural Sciences: A Student's Guide

By John A. Bloom, Series edited by David S. Dockery

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In this accessible guide for students, a well-regarded science professor introduces readers to the natural sciences from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Starting with the classical view of God as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, this book lays the biblical foundation for the study of the natural world and explores the history of scientific reflection since Aristotle. Bloom argues that the Christian worldview provides the best grounds for scientific investigation, offering readers the framework they need to think and speak clearly about the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

Part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series.


John A. Bloom

John A. Bloom (PhD, Cornell University; PhD, Annenberg Research Institute) is a professor of physics and chair of the chemistry, physics, and engineering department at Biola University. He is the founder and academic director of Biola’s master’s degree program in science and religion. He is the author of a number of published articles and the book The Natural Sciences: A Student's Guide.

Product Details

Category: Education
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 4.92 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3935-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3935-0
ISBN-UPC: 9781433539350
Case Quantity: 120
Published: January 31, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. What Is the Christian Intellectual Tradition in the Sciences?
  2. Seeing God in the Details
  3. Early Science: The Handmaiden to Theology
  4. The Rift of the Enlightenment
  5. The Wrong Road: Science as Methodological Naturalism
  6. Barricades: The End of the Road for Reason and Experience
  7. The Way Home: Thinking Outside the Box of Naturalism


“Bloom has written an excellent overview of the main philosophical issues facing Christians working in the natural sciences. He shows that not only is there no conflict between science and belief in God, but there are now many scientific discoveries that support such belief. A clear, concise, and highly readable treatment. I highly recommend it, especially for college students.”
Stephen C. Meyer, Director, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute; New York Times best-selling author, Darwin’s Doubt

“With PhDs in ancient Near Eastern studies and physics, John Bloom is one of the top thinkers today on the relationship between science and Christianity. Written with a clarity of style and level of approach that a freshman in college would have no trouble reading, Bloom traces the relationship between Christianity and science through history up to the present. This enables him to put his finger on the erroneous tension points between the two, debunk these alleged tension points, and chart a way forward. Though a small book, it is packed with important ideas and information. It is must reading for any college course in science and Christianity.”
J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; author, The God Question

“With doctorates in physics and theology, John Bloom presents a biblically sound understanding of science as it relates to Christian faith, offering many intriguing historical insights along the way.”
William A. Dembski, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute; author, Being as Communion