Paper Abstracts

Devotional Biology

K.P. Wise, J. Francis, N.A. Doran, A.J. Fabich

Discipline: Education

Abstract: Devotional Biology is being developed as a one-semester college-level conceptual biology textbook for non-science majors. Except for presenting a survey of organisms and an introduction to organismal anatomy and physiology (typically reserved for a second-semester course), Devotional Biology covers all the major topics of biology presented in secular texts as well as a few others not usually covered at all. Student surveys indicate students believe they learn biology through the Devotional Biology text. At the same time, Devotional Biology presents biology from the perspective of a distinctly biblical worldview- and on surveys, Devotional Biology students believe they improved their appreciation and love of biology as well. Devotional Biology also focuses on God, and how His attributes are evident in the biological world- and on surveys, Devotional Biology students believe they improved their recognition of God in the creation, their understanding of God, their relationship to God, and their use of the creation in witness to others. Devotional Biology also assumes a young-age creationist interpretation of biology, critiquing the naturalistic perspective of the field in the process- and on surveys, Devotional Biology students believe they grew in their faith and learned to defend their faith. Devotional Biology also includes responsibilities of believers as priests and kings in God's creation- and on surveys, Devotional Biology students believe they grew in their understanding of themselves and their purpose, in their ethical responsibilities, in their worship of God, in making ethical decisions, and in better ruling over the creation.