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Book Chapter

Peer Reviewed


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Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Faith Integration


This is one of a collection of essays that attempts to articulate the common “center pole” around which Nazarene higher educators stand and the theological and pedagogical commitments that draw them together. It is one of a series of values documents for Nazarene educational institutions and was produced and reviewed by 51 faculty at 16 institutions from six countries. The title of the collection, Telos, comes from the Greek term used in the New Testament to address the perfect end, or destination, for which Christians are designed. This essay sets out how understanding and engaging with contemporary theories regarding the formation and origin of the universe need not be a challenge or an affront to faith.


This essay on teaching cosmology is a book chapter in "Telos: The Destination for Nazarene Higher Education" (2011), edited by Gregg A. Chenoweth, and Barbara M. Ragan,