Curious about the topic of science and faith or how it intersects with Mason’s philosophy? Wishing you could get a taste of a CMI Conference, rewatch it, or share it with local friends? This series of high-quality videos gives you ongoing access to the plenaries from CMI’s 2021 Global conference from our keynote speakers Dr. James Peterson, Dr. Jennifer Spencer, Dr. Ken Wolgemuth, and John Muir Laws (descriptions below). Permission included to view with a group or as an individual.
Attitude Adjustment: Cultivating a Scientific Attitude in Ourselves and Our Students with Dr. Jennifer Spencer
Description: Much of Mason’s approach towards science was based not on facts or skills, but on attitudes. In this plenary, Dr. Spencer will explain the attitudes Mason wished to cultivate in young people, how Mason crafted her methods and curriculum towards that end, and what the implications are for current practitioners.
Celebrating Faithful Scientists Past & Present with Dr. James Peterson
Aim: To celebrate Christians who have done great science in both the past and today out of love for God and neighbor. For example, the Oxford University chemist Robert Boyle, who discovered what we still call Boyle’s law, directed in his will that at his death his estate should be sold and the money sent to translate the New Testament into native American languages.
“Science herself contains the promise of great impetus to the spiritual life-to perceive these things is to be able to rejoice in all truth.” Charlotte Mason, Parents and Children, p. 45.
What Science Can and Cannot Do with Dr. James Peterson
Aim: To recognize that science is very good at what it does, finding causal links between material events. It does not address all of reality, why there is something material rather than nothing, why it is good to do science, or why it is good to do anything, only the material how.
“All youth are cocksure because they have not encountered yet that equally reasonable and equally intelligent persons may hold opposite views on a question.” Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character, p. 321.
Thinking Like a Scientist with John Muir Laws (Watch for FREE)
What does it mean to think like a scientist? How do we account for bias or sample size? Most importantly, how do we ask the right questions to understand the world around us? In this session, Jack demonstrates how to move away from the simple “what is this?” kinds of questions toward the deeper questions of who, what, when, where, how, and why. Prepare to be inspired as Jack makes the scientific approach easy to understand and shows how it is applicable to many areas of our lives.
Geology – To Wonder and Admire with Dr. Ken Wolgemuth
The Bible, Trustworthy and True with Dr. James Peterson
Aim: To encourage confidence that the Bible is true and trustworthy in all that it teaches, indeed one could say without error, inerrant, in what it teaches, and so to listen to the different ways it communicates, in order to carefully hear what it is actually saying.
“Reverence for science, reverence for God, and openness of mind, befits us for life as a probation and a continual education.” Charlotte Mason, “A Master Thought,” p160.
Genesis, Rocks, Bones, and Genes with Dr. James Peterson
Aim: To help theology and the sciences both to be better for their complementary interaction. All truth is God’s truth. Where they seem possibly to stress each other, there is an opportunity to learn both better of God’s Word and God’s Works. For example, Genesis chapters 25-30 describe how Jacob is to be blessed with the covenant but connives to gain his own way by bargaining for Esau’s birthright when Esau is weak with hunger, and stealing Isaac’s blessing on Esau by pretending to be Esau. Jacob then tried to take Laban’s lambs and kids by placing speckled branches in the water troughs of Laban’s sheep and goats when they were mating. This is an accurate historical account of Jacob’s grasping character and Jacob’s mistaken idea of inheritance. Jacob’s flocks grow and prosper with the designated speckled lambs and kids because of God’s blessing, not Jacob’s stick trick. What we now know of genetics, points out what is actually happening. Yet again Jacob is prospering because of God’s gracious generosity, not Jacob’s conniving. A science that studies God’s Work, genetics, can in this case help us to see more clearly what the text of God’s Word is teaching about God, covenant, and character.