Sacred Cosmos vs. Material Universe: The Challenge of Teaching Science for Christian Educators

Overview: With the dawn of the modern world came with it a new conception of creation. Rather than viewing the creation as bound by God in which He is everywhere present and fills all things and the world as sacramental, God becomes remote or even non-existent in relation to the creation. Even more, the creation is reduced to merely inert stuff to be observed through the rational mind, and the character of the knower is no longer essential in discerning the inner principles of creation. This radical shift from sacred cosmos to material universe represents a foundational shift in not only how man approaches the material world, but also how he ought to live.

In light of this radical shift in approach to the material creation in the modern world, how ought Christian educators to approach the teaching of science? In this seminar, foundational questions related to teaching science will be addressed in order to provide orientation to this very important and complex question.

Seminar Expectations:  Preparation time by participants for each session is approximately 1 hr. not including the selected readings. Feedback will be provided on submitted assignments and is a unique and important part of the seminar. Recordings of the sessions for reference use will be provided for the duration of the course, will not be posted for public viewing, and will be available up to two weeks after the completion of the seminar.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Tarpley
Dates and Time:  Four 1.5 hr. sessions on Zoom. April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th (8:00 pm – 9:30 pm CDT)
Cost:  $200
*Minimum and maximum registrants:  7 – 12 (Please note:  Seven registrants are required in order for the seminar to make. Registration assumes one household per registration. For group discounts or private group seminars, please contact us at