Most people do not believe that mathematics can be taught from a biblical perspective. However, James Nickel, an experienced mathematics teacher, provides a distinctive, biblical approach to mathematics in this book. It is ideal for upper-level students and adults who are interested in learning about the relationship between mathematics and Christianity. Discussion questions are included after each chapter.
Christians interested in education rightfully focus on what God’s Word says about history, economics, government, and science. But Christians should also understand mathematics from a Christian perspective. This is one of the purposes of James Nickel in this wonderful book, Mathematics: Is God Silent. I confess that I especially enjoy mathematics, but even those who would never say that algebra was their favorite subject in school will benefit from reading this book. While there might be topics difficult to fully understand, there is plenty to learn and enjoy in this book. God’s wisdom is seen throughout creation, including in the subject of mathematics.
Nickel begins his book by dealing with the question, “Is God’s revelation in mathematics silent?” Some have declared such to be the case, but Nickel lays the foundation for presenting why this cannot be the case. The remainder of the book then shows that mathematics must be built upon a biblical worldview or it will crumble into the dust of meaninglessness, mystery, and uselessness.
Nickel proceeds to present a refreshing history of mathematics, and then looks at how we should teach mathematics from a Christian perspective. All teachers and home school parents will greatly benefit from Nickel’s many insights.
Grade: 12th - Adult
Textbook, 409 pages