Faith Vs. Science: The Unnecessary Dichotomy

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First Edition Design Pub., Jul 1, 2012 - Religion - 114 pages
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This is not a book on theology, nor is it a highly technical scientific analysis. It's really just a conversation-between me and a hypothetical, non-hostile unbeliever. My purpose is to help scientific people see that religion is not just for kooks and to help religious people see that science is not just for atheists. Persons skilled in debate will quickly notice that I have utilized a variety of methods to advance my arguments such as logic, rhetoric, presentation of scientific/experimental data, and even narrative. I realize this mixture of methods is in itself a fault and sometimes appears self-contradictory. However, keep in mind that this book is written in a conversational tone. In real life conversations, people utilize a variety of methods to make their points. That's what I'm doing here-opening up a reasonable, educated conversation about God, science, and life itself in ways that work best for me. AUTHOR BIO - He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and 1981, and his Ph. D. degree in medical entomology from Mississippi State University in 1984. In December of 1985 he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as a medical entomologist in the Epidemiology Division of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas, for three and a half years. In 1988 he was named Best Academic Instructor in the Residents in Aerospace Medicine Course and Company Grade Officer of the Year. For two decades, Dr. Goddard served in the capacity of State Medical Entomologist at the Mississippi Department of Health, Jackson, Mississippi, where he designed, implemented, and supervised all vector control programs relating to public health throughout the state of Mississippi. Dr. Goddard has authored or co-authored over 160 scientific publications in the field of medical entomology and is the author of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases Affecting Military Personnel, published by the U.S. Air Force, Infectious Diseases and Arthropods, Second Edition, published by Humana Press, and Physician's Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance, Fifth Edition, published by Taylor and Francis (CRC). In 2003, the physician's guide won an award in the British Medical Association's best medical book of the year competition. Dr. Goddard has been featured in Reader's Digest and on a series entitled Living with Bugs on the Learning Channel. In 2001, Dr. Goddard published a novel about a mosquito-borne disease outbreak entitled, The Well of Destiny, and in 2006-07, published two more novels, this time about virus behavior (Vital Forces) and unethical scientific research (Endless Present). Dr. Goddard frequently presents seminars and guest lectures nationally and internationally on Arthropods and Medicine and related topics. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Mississippi Mosquito and Vector Control Association, and the Mississippi Entomological Association. His main research interests are the ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, but he also publishes on a wide range of medically important arthropods. Keywords - Faith, Science, Religion, Evolution, String Theory, Fossils, Prophets, God, Human, Universe, Bible, Creation
 

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Contents

VARIOUS SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF FAITH
Why We Need Prophets Poets and Philosophersand Always Will
Does a Scientist Have to Commit Intellectual Suicide to Hold Religious Beliefs?
The Oddity of Reasoning and Rational Thought
It Helps to See Both Sides Chapter 5 How Did We Get Here? The CreationEvolution Debate Chapter 6 A Working Model of Origins for Scientists
Isnt the World Billions of Years Old? Doesnt That Negate Certain Claims of Christianity?
What about the Floresian FossilsTiny HobbitLike Humans in Indonesia?
The Anthropic Principle String Theory and Multiple Universes
VARIOUS RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF FAITH
Where Did God Originate?
Isnt it Odd That God is Invisible?
How Can We Ever Understand the Concept of Eternity?
or Religious Texts?
Doesnt the Bible Use Outdated or Ancient Imagery?
Wasnt Jesus Just an Extraordinary Teacher Who Was Later Deified by His Followers? Chapter 22 How Do We Reconcile the God ofthe Old Testame...
Whats Wrong with the World?

Human Violence Exist?
What is the Soul and is It Separate from the Mind?
Whats the Difference between Humans and Chimpanzees?
Would Human Clones Have a Soul?
Are Humans Uniquely Gifted Animals or Broken Gods?
Whats the Big Fuss between Science and Postmodernism?
What is Faith?
What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?
GLOSSARY OF CHRISTIAN TERMS
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
REFERENCES
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Jerome Goddard grew up in Booneville, Mississippi and attended college at the University of Mississippi (B.A. and M.S.) and Mississippi State University (Ph.D.). He is currently an Extension Professor of Medical and Veterinary Entomology at Mississippi State University.

Rosella Goddard is from Luka, Mississippi and has a B.A.E. from the University of Mississippi. She homeschooled their two sons and served over 25 years as a youth minister and Scoutmaster for Troop 99 in the Boy Scouts.

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