Re: [asa] poythress

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Mon Jun 29 2009 - 22:49:06 EDT

Since I haven't read his book, I won't comment on it, but I would like to
comment on the author. He is a mathematician who became a theologian. He
has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard. Vern Poythress was a Putnam
Fellow while a sophomore at Caltech, i.e. he finished among the top five
scorers in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the premier
mathematical competition for undergraduates in the United States and
Canada. The list of Putnam Fellows over the years contains some familiar
names. In addition to a number of well known mathematicians it also
includes Nobel-Prize-winning physicists Richard Feynman and Kenneth

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

On Sun, 28 Jun 2009, Merv Bitikofer wrote:

> Somebody at my school put a copy of "Redeeming Science" by Vern Poythress
> (2006) (Westminster Theological Seminary) in my box. And I'm within a few
> chapters of the end of it and have been fairly challenged and impressed, even
> though I would wish to engage the author on some differences, particularly
> over his (IMO) weak conception of MN. (Gregory and others here would be
> proud of him since he pretty much almost dismisses MN as PN with a thin
> veneer due to fatal abuse, I guess.)
> He seems to prefer (thought not dogmatically exclusively) an "analogical day"
> approach to Genesis 1, and he seems thoroughly committed to a literal Adam
> and Eve. He does an excellent job of gently diffusing some of our cultural
> stubbornness against allowing for both Divine action and secondary causation
> as coexisting in a healthy theology.
> At the risk of not having yet read the final chapters, I would already apply
> this to somebody's earlier quest on books to recommend to YECs or anybody
> else interested in science/theology issues, for that matter. (Frustratingly
> to some I imagine, Poythress refuses to shut the door on young-earth
> possibilities, but perhaps that makes his book all the more accessible to the
> wider theological audience. He doesn't slam it on TEists either.)
> --Merv
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