The ‘Sciences’ strand includes two subjects – Science and Mathematics. These two topics provide an opportunity to explore God’s creation in the physical realm.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament His handiwork.” Science offers the opportunity to explore God’s glory revealed in the heavens and the firmament. Through exploration, discovery and appreciation the student of creation learns to stand in awe of his Creator. The study of science also enables the student to see the role that science plays in shaping culture and society.
- people’s attempts to search out, describe, understand, and explain the order that God has set in creation
- a human explanation of the phenomena of creation and so is subject to error and sin
- tentative, in that science must be measured by God’s Word, knowing that man sees through a glass darkly
- a tool that helps us make sense out of creation.
God’s creation lies before us like a ‘most beautiful book.’ As students of creation, we are called by the Lord to explore, discover and be stewards of the earth and all of the cosmos. The created world is often referred to as the natural realm, and that the so-called ‘laws of nature’ govern this natural realm. A better explanation of the phenomena that occurs in the world around us is to say that this displays ‘God’s implanted wisdom’ (Stronks and Vreugdenhil, 1992).
One area most affected by God’s implanted wisdom is the study of numbers and patterns. Mathematics is the discipline that investigates and describes the numerical and spatial aspects of the universe around us. Through the study of numbers, the student is brought to a better understanding that God is a God of order and has imbedded His wisdom in ways that reflect His creative genius and is there for us to uncover and enjoy.