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Addresses of All Authors

Kurt P. Wise (Truett-McConnell University; Pilgram Marpeck School of STEM; 100 Alumni Dr.; Cleveland, GA 30528)

Joe Francis (The Master’s University, 21726 Placerita Canyon Rd; Santa Clarita, CA 91321)

Neal Doran (Bryan College, 721 Bryan Drive, Box 7795; Dayton, TN 37321)

Andrew J. Fabich (Truett-McConnell University; Pilgram Marpeck School of STEM; 100 Alumni Dr.; Cleveland, GA 30528)

Stephanie Hartz (Bryan College; Department of Biology; 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, TN 37321)

Tom Hennigan (Truett-McConnell University; Pilgram Marpeck School of STEM; 100 Alumni Dr.; Cleveland, GA 30528)

Author's Biography

Kurt P. Wise, B.A. (geology, University of Chicago), M.A. & Ph.D. (paleontology, Harvard University), has been Professor of Natural Science and Director of the Creation Research Center at Truett McConnell University since 2009. Before that he was on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Bryan College. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Wise has been active in the development of creation biology and geology, including baraminology, catastrophic plate tectonics, and the founding of the Creation Biology Society and the Creation Geology Society.

Joseph Francis is a professor of biology at the Master’s University and assistant professor of general studies at Liberty University. His research interests and publications are in the areas of general biology, invertebrate biology, microbiology, immunology, biology teaching, and bioethics. He currently serves as the dean of the school of science, mathematics, technology and health at the Master’s University. He also serves as a board member of the Creation Biology Society.

Neal Doran is professor of biology and director of Bryan College’s Center for Creation Research (CRC), in Dayton, Tennessee. Prior to coming to Bryan he taught at Patrick Henry College. He is a founding member of the Creation Biology Society and member of the Creation Geology Society. His graduate training is in paleontology (Ph.D., geology) and the History of Science (M.A.). At Bryan College he teaches courses on biology, geology and the philosophy of science.

Andrew J. Fabich earned his B.S. in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the faculty at Truett McConnell University in 2016. He has widely published on what Escherichia coli does to colonize the mammalian intestine. Specifically, Andrew works on the molecular mechanisms involved with how E. coli adapts to intestinal colonization using a genomics approach. His active research involves other related pathogens that model gastroenteritis like Citrobacter rodentium. Frequently, Andrew works with various creationist organizations and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.

Stephanie Hartz received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 1999. While completing her dissertation she taught Genetics and Cell Biology as a Visiting Assistant Professor at James Madison University from 1998 to 1999. For the last eighteen years she has been at Bryan College and currently serves as Professor of Biology teaching courses which include Introductory Biology for Non-Majors, Genetics, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology Research.

Tom Hennigan gave up on philosophical naturalism and embraced Christ as his Savior 40 years ago. His training has focused on forest ecology and education. He has an A.A.S. in Forest Technology, a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, an M.S. in Education, and an M.P.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology. Tom has been married to his wife Jennifer for 30 years and has four grown children and four grandchildren. He is currently an Associate Professor of Organism Biology at Truett McConnell University (Cleveland, Georgia) and is active in pastoral care at his church.

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 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 their ethical responsibilities, in their worship of God, and in better ruling over the creation.

Keywords

College, textbook, conceptual biology, biblical worldview, young-age creationism, holism, macro-to-micro

DOI

https://doi.org/10.15385/jpicc.2018.8.1.26

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