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Christians in Science (CiS) is a British organization of scientists, philosophers, theologians, ministers, teachers, and science students, predominantly evangelical Christians,[1] concerned with the dialogue between Christianity and science.[2] The organization was started in the 1940s as one of the professional groups of IVF (now UCCF), and was known as the Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship from 1950 until it adopted the current name in 1988. It has since become larger, and more influential.[3] It is a British counterpart to the American Scientific Affiliation, but its theological diversity is broader.[4]

It took on financial independence from UCCF in 1996.[5] The organization has over 650 members, is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and includes R. J. Berry and John T. Houghton as two of its more noteworthy members.

Along with the Victoria Institute, it publishes Science and Christian Belief twice yearly.[6][7]

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Statement of Faith[8]

Christians in Science is an "explicitly Christian society", and full membership is open only to those who can affirm the following "Statement of Faith", though it is possible for corporate bodies such as libraries and individuals who do not wish to make the declaration to become associate members.

I declare my belief in the triune God as creator and sustainer of the universe, and my faith in Jesus as Saviour, Lord of all and God. I acknowledge the Bible as the Word of God and its final authority in matters of faith and conduct. As a steward of God's world, I accept my responsibility to encourage the use of science and technology for the good of humanity and the environment. I agree with the aims of Christians in Science.

Aims of Christians in Science[9]

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Science and faith

To develop and promote biblical Christian views on the nature, scope and limitations of science, and on the changing interactions between science and faith.

To bring biblical Christian thought on scientific issues into the public arena.

Faith and the environment

To stimulate responsible Christian attitudes and action towards care for the environment.

Students

To help Christians who are science students to integrate their religious beliefs and their scientific studies.

Website

CiS has an extensive website, including many articles and free downloadable lectures, as well as links to nine regional groups around the United Kingdom and Ireland.

See also

References

  1. ^ Young, Davis A., and Stearley, Ralph F., The Bible, rocks, and time: geological evidence for the age of the earth, p. 156, InterVarsity Press (2008), ISBN 0830828761, 9780830828760, accessed 5 November 2009
  2. ^ Schwarz, Hans, Creation, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (2002), p. 121, ISBN 0802860664, 9780802860668, accessed 5 November 2009
  3. ^ "Scientist who established the Mullard Laboratory and made Britain one of the world leaders in space studies," The Times, 11 February 2004, accessed 5 November 2009
  4. ^ Collins, C. John, Science & Faith: Friends Or Foes?, p. 420, Good News Publishers (2003), ISBN 1581344309, 9781581344301, accessed 5 November 2009
  5. ^ history
  6. ^ World Evangelical Fellowship, Evangelical review of theology, Volume 15, p. 191, Paternoster Press (1991), accessed 5 November 2009
  7. ^ "Creation or Evolution: Do We Have To Choose?'", Christian Today, 14 August 2008, accessed 3 November 2009
  8. ^ Membership declaration (statement of faith)
  9. ^ Aims of CiS

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