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Arthur Jones pages

Arthur Jones holds a doctorate in biology (1972) for a thesis exploring alternatives to materialistic evolution [aka Darwinism] in the field of origins.  Until he retired in 2018, he was (from 1976) a Chartered Biologist (CBiol), a member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB).  


During a teaching career spanning forty years, he has been a college science lecturer, schoolteacher, teacher trainer and the headteacher of a pioneering Christian school in Bristol.  


From 1995-97, he was a part-time lecturer in science and religion in the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London and from 1996-97 in the Department for Continuing Education, University of Bristol.  His science and religion courses won two Templeton awards.  


From 2000 to 2013 he wrote and taught worldview-based courses for Christian professionals, accredited by three more UK universities (University of Wales, Lampeter, University of Wales, Bangor, and York St Johns), at both graduate and postgraduate levels.  


He was also a Research Consultant for Curriculum Development to the Christian Schools' Trust and authored Science in Faith: A Christian Perspective on Teaching Science (CST, December 1998).  He has also authored No Home & Alone: A School Programme on Homelessness (Global Concern, 1999), and Is Creationism a Science Stopper?, a chapter in John Ashton (ed), In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation (New Holland, 1999).  


His last paid employment was as Tutor with Responsibility for Co-ordination and Development of the Foundation Degree in Evangelism, Mission Based Training, Church Army, Sheffield.  In Education he was also a member of the Movement for Christian Democracy's Education Policy Group from 1991 to 1997.  After several changes of sponsoring organisations, this group became the Education Commission of the UK Evangelical Alliance, of which Arthur was a founding member in 2013.  From 2004-2011 he was a Trustee (and Company Director) of the Association of Christian Teachers (ACT, http://www.christian-teachers.org.uk/), and was the Chair from 2007-2011.  Currently he is a member of the Scientific Panel of Truth in Science (TiS, https://www.truthinscience.org.uk/) and a trustee of the Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam (MCSCI, http://www.mcsci.org.uk/) based at the Manchester Nazarene Theological College (NTC, https://nazarene.ac.uk/.

Articles

Books

Science in Faith: An Outline of a Christian Approach to the Sciences. Christian Schools' Trust, 1998.

Online version © 2014 Dr Arthur Jones  

                

  Introductory

1 Science in Faith: An Outline of a Christian Approach to the Sciences 

  Introduction: The Myth of Neutrality 

  Part I: Worldviews 

  Part II: General Principles 

  Part III: Overview of the Sciences 

  Part IV: Special Relationships 

2 Evolution or Creation?: A Path Through the Jungle 

3 The Stories of Science 

4 The Data of Science 

5 Science: An Annotated Reading List 

Appendix: Information about CST 

Index  

Contents
Foreword by Professor Elmer Thiessen vi Preface viii 1 Science in Faith: An Outline of a Christian Approach to the Sciences 1 Introduction: The Myth of Neutrality 1
Part I: Worldviews 7
1 Christian Worldview 7
2 Secular Worldview 8
3 Education and the Conflict of Worldviews 12
Part II: General Principles 20
1 What is This Thing called Science? 20
2 Learning Science 23
3 Riches of Creation 29
Part III: Overview of the Sciences 35
1 Life, the Universe and Everything 35
2 Earth's Domains 37
3 Physical Sciences 40
4 Biological Sciences 52
Part IV: Special Relationships 61
1 Learn the Causes of Things 61
2 On the Whole 65
Conclusion: Science in Faith 67
2 Evolution or Creation?: A Path Through the Jungle 70
Introduction 70
Part I: Does It Matter? 70 The Amazing Scope of the Gospel 70
Part II: Secular Science or Secular Religion? 72
1 Science, Nature and Reason 72
2 Evolution: Continuity as the Ground of Rationality 73
3 Science as Religion 75
4 What About Theistic Evolution? 77
5 Must Christians be 'Methodological Naturalists'? 78
iii
Part III: How Can Theories of Origins be Tested? 81
1 Evolution and Creation: Working Definitions 81
2 Is Testing Possible? 83
3 What Makes a Theory Genuinely Scientific? 85
Part IV: Testing Evolution: The Case of Homology? 86
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Introduction: Sources of Evidence for Evolution 86 Homology: Defining the Beast 88 Principles of Evolution 89 Principles of Evolution? Weighing the Evidence 91 Homology and Logic 93 Homology and Development 97 Conclusion: Weighed and Found Wanting 98
An Overview of Some Other Key Topics – Genetics, Time and Fossils 98
Part V:
Conclusion 100
3 The Stories of Science 108
Introduction 108
Part I: Charles Drew: Blood Bank Pioneer 108
1 Transfusions, Groups and Banks 108
2 The Expurgated Story 109
3 The Unexpurgated Story 109
4 Conclusion 110
References 110
Part II: Fritz Haber and Nitrogen Fixation 111
1 Fertilisers and Explosives 111
2 Fritz Haber (1868-1934) and the Haber Process 112
3 Haber's W ar Role 112
4 Haber after the War: Disappointment and Disaster 113
5 Drawbacks of the Haber Process 113
6 Conclusion 114
References 114
4 The Data of Science 116 Introduction 116
Part I: Calcium 117
1 Elemental Design 117
2 Calcium in the World 117
3 Structures 118
4 Physiology 118
5 The Uses of the Main Calcium Mineral: Limestone 119
6 Conclusion 121
References 121
iv
Part II: Atmosphere and Ocean 121
1 The Planetary Systems 121
2 The High Reactivity of Oxygen and Nitrogen 122
3 Acid Rain, Planets and the Origin of Life 123
4 General Functions of the Ocean-Atmosphere System 124
5 Conclusion 125
References 125
Part III: Designing Cells 125
1 Why are Animal and Plant Cells So Different? 125
2 Requirements for Efficient Cell Functioning 126
3 Conclusion 127
References 127
5 Science: An Annotated Reading List 130
Introduction 130
1 Worldviews and Worldview Analysis 131
2 Religious Roots of Modern Science 132
3 History of Science 135
4 Philosophy of Science 137
5 Secular Critiques of Science 144
6 Listening in on the Debates 148
7 The Galileo Affair 150
8 The Darwinian Revolution 152
Conclusion 165 
Contents
Foreword by Professor Elmer Thiessen vi Preface viii 1 Science in Faith: An Outline of a Christian Approach to the Sciences 1 Introduction: The Myth of Neutrality 1
Part I: Worldviews 7
1 Christian Worldview 7
2 Secular Worldview 8
3 Education and the Conflict of Worldviews 12
Part II: General Principles 20
1 What is This Thing called Science? 20
2 Learning Science 23
3 Riches of Creation 29
Part III: Overview of the Sciences 35
1 Life, the Universe and Everything 35
2 Earth's Domains 37
3 Physical Sciences 40
4 Biological Sciences 52
Part IV: Special Relationships 61
1 Learn the Causes of Things 61
2 On the Whole 65
Conclusion: Science in Faith 67
2 Evolution or Creation?: A Path Through the Jungle 70
Introduction 70
Part I: Does It Matter? 70 The Amazing Scope of the Gospel 70
Part II: Secular Science or Secular Religion? 72
1 Science, Nature and Reason 72
2 Evolution: Continuity as the Ground of Rationality 73
3 Science as Religion 75
4 What About Theistic Evolution? 77
5 Must Christians be 'Methodological Naturalists'? 78
iii
Part III: How Can Theories of Origins be Tested? 81
1 Evolution and Creation: Working Definitions 81
2 Is Testing Possible? 83
3 What Makes a Theory Genuinely Scientific? 85
Part IV: Testing Evolution: The Case of Homology? 86
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Introduction: Sources of Evidence for Evolution 86 Homology: Defining the Beast 88 Principles of Evolution 89 Principles of Evolution? Weighing the Evidence 91 Homology and Logic 93 Homology and Development 97 Conclusion: Weighed and Found Wanting 98
An Overview of Some Other Key Topics – Genetics, Time and Fossils 98
Part V:
Conclusion 100
3 The Stories of Science 108
Introduction 108
Part I: Charles Drew: Blood Bank Pioneer 108
1 Transfusions, Groups and Banks 108
2 The Expurgated Story 109
3 The Unexpurgated Story 109
4 Conclusion 110
References 110
Part II: Fritz Haber and Nitrogen Fixation 111
1 Fertilisers and Explosives 111
2 Fritz Haber (1868-1934) and the Haber Process 112
3 Haber's W ar Role 112
4 Haber after the War: Disappointment and Disaster 113
5 Drawbacks of the Haber Process 113
6 Conclusion 114
References 114
4 The Data of Science 116 Introduction 116
Part I: Calcium 117
1 Elemental Design 117
2 Calcium in the World 117
3 Structures 118
4 Physiology 118
5 The Uses of the Main Calcium Mineral: Limestone 119
6 Conclusion 121
References 121
iv
Part II: Atmosphere and Ocean 121
1 The Planetary Systems 121
2 The High Reactivity of Oxygen and Nitrogen 122
3 Acid Rain, Planets and the Origin of Life 123
4 General Functions of the Ocean-Atmosphere System 124
5 Conclusion 125
References 125
Part III: Designing Cells 125
1 Why are Animal and Plant Cells So Different? 125
2 Requirements for Efficient Cell Functioning 126
3 Conclusion 127
References 127
5 Science: An Annotated Reading List 130
Introduction 130
1 Worldviews and Worldview Analysis 131
2 Religious Roots of Modern Science 132
3 History of Science 135
4 Philosophy of Science 137
5 Secular Critiques of Science 144
6 Listening in on the Debates 148
7 The Galileo Affair 150
8 The Darwinian Revolution 152
Conclusion 165
Appendix: Information about CST 167 Index 169