The Dictionary of Christianity and Science

The Definitive Reference for the Intersection of Christian Faith and Contemporary Science


The definitive reference work on science and Christian belief

How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and do they “work” with a Christian faith based on the Bible?

No reference work has covered this terrain sufficiently—until now.

Featuring the work of over 140 international contributors, the Dictionary of Christianity and Science is a deeply-researched, peer-reviewed, fair-minded work that illuminates the intersection of science and Christian belief. In one volume, you get reliable summaries and critical analyses of over 450 relevant concepts, theories, terms, movements, individuals, and debates. You will find answers to your toughest questions about faith and science. Order it today.

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The Dictionary of Christianity and Science adds much-needed clarity and consistency to over 450 crucial concepts at the nexus of science, philosophy, theology, history, and Christian faith.

What about evolution, the age of the Earth, and other topics that provoke disagreement among Christians? Multiple-view essays address these controversial topics, presenting evidence for each point of view — helping you weigh the options and reach your own informed conclusions.

You'll discover more than theoretical issues: learn about flesh-and-blood figures who have shaped the interaction of science and religion. Augustine, Aquinas, Bacon, Darwin, and Stephen Hawking are just the beginning. Fair-minded analyses of their contributions, and the work of their peers, will help you consider these figures' legacies from a Christian viewpoint.

Edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss, the Dictionary of Christianity and Science features a top-notch lineup of international contributors in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, history, and many of the sciences.

If you are a Christian studying science, this new book is essential to your library. Order your copy today and get exclusive bonuses.


Every Christian studying science will want a copy within arm’s reach.
This is an invaluable resource that belongs in every Christian’s library. I will be keeping my copy close by when I’m writing!
— Lee Strobel, author
Sparkles with passion, controversy, and diverse perspectives.
— Karl Giberson, Professor of Science and Religion, Stonehill College
An impressive resource that presents a broad range of topics from a broad tent of evangelical scholars.
— Michael R. Licona, Houston Baptist University
This volume is the place to begin when questions dealing with the relationship of Christianity to science are broached.
— K. Scott Oliphint, Westminster Theological Seminary
I am certain that this dictionary will serve the Church for many years in leading many to demonstrate that modern science can glorify our Creator and honor his creation.
— Denis O. Lamoureux, University of Alberta
’Dictionary’ is too humble a label for what this is! I anticipate that this will offer valuable guidance for Christian faithfulness.
— C. John Collins, Covenant Theological Seminary



The dictionary offers work from over 140 leading international scholars, including:

  • Francis J. Beckwith
  • Michael J. Behe
  • Darrell L. Bock
  • William Lane Craig
  • Ted Davis
  • William A. Dembski
  • Darrel R. Faulk
  • Ann Gauger
  • Guillermo Gonzalez
  • Douglas Groothuis
  • Deborah B. Haarsma
  • Chad V. Meister
  • C. Ben Mitchell
  • Scott B. Rae
  • Hugh Ross
  • James S. Spiegel
  • J. B. Stump
  • Sara Sybesma Tolsma
  • John H. Walton
  • Ken Wolgemuth


Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies and the chair of the religious studies department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Christopher L. Reese (ThM, Talbot School of Theology) is a writer, editor, and independent scholar. He previously served as marketing manager for B&H Academic, and associate publisher at Moody Publishers. He is cofounder of the Christian Apologetics Alliance.

Michael G. Strauss (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is the David Ross Boyd Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Contents Include:


  • Adam and Eve
  • Age of the Universe and Earth
  • Climate Change
  • Days of Creation
  • Divine Action
  • Evolutionary Creationism
  • Fall, The
  • Fossil Record
  • Genesis, 1-2, Interpretation of
  • Genesis Flood
  • Hominid Fossils
  • Human Evolution
  • Old-Earth Creationism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Science and Theology
  • Young-Earth Creationism


  • Animal Pain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bayes' Theorem
  • Animal Pain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bayes' Theorem
  • Biblical Cosmology
  • Chaos Theory
  • Cognitive Science of Religion
  • Compatibilism
  • Cosmological Singularity
  • Design Argument
  • Emergence
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • Extraterrestial Life
  • Falsifiability
  • Fideism
  • Gaia Hypothesis
  • Grand Unified Theory
  • Inflationary Universe
  • Irreducible Complexity
  • Life, Origin of
  • Materialism
  • Methodological Naturalism
  • Mind-Body Problem
  • Multiverse
  • Naturalistic Theories of Religion
  • Progressive Creation
  • Pseudogenes
  • Realism and Anti-realism
  • Scientific Proof
  • Scopes Trial
  • Selfish Gene
  • SETI
  • Specified Complexity
  • Supervenience
  • Teleology
  • Tower of Babel
  • Virgin Birth

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