A bibliography for a Christian
approach to mathematics
Version 1.1 appeared here
Version 2.0 appeared here
Version 2.1 appeared here
The journal has many
useful papers including papers presented at conferences:
Robert L. Brabenec A Christian
Perspective on the Foundations of Mathematics
(Wheaton College, 1977)
Brabenec has edited a number of 'Mathematics from a Christian
Perspective' Conference Proceedings, of which this is the first. They contain a
wealth of useful information of integrating math and a Christian worldview,
however, they are concerned primarily with higher education. Many of the
articles are now available on-line here
James Bradley and Russell Howell Mathematics Through the
Eyes of Faith
Harper One/ CCCU, 2011.
See the review here
by Josh Wilkerson
John Byl The
Divine Challenge: on Matter, Mind, Math and Meaning (Edinburgh: Banner
of Truth Trust, 2004) review by Howell
Byl's bibliography and biography
Project Charis Mathematics
(Units 1-9; Units10-19; A1-A6
) (John Shortt, director) (editors
John Shortt and John Westwell) (Nottingham: The Stapleford Centre, 1996 and
materials for bringing out the 'spiritual and moral' aspects of mathematics at
the secondary school level; written by Christian teachers of mathematics.
Roy A. Clouser The Myth of
Religious Neutrality: A Essay on the Hidden Role of Religious Belief in
(Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 1991; 2nd edn 2005) my review here
Chapter 7 looks at
some theories in mathematics (number-world theory; J. S. Mill; Bertrand
Russell; and John Dewey) and shows how they all depend on divinising certain
aspects of creation.
Hartley Christian and Humanist Foundations for Statistical
(Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock, 2008)
See my PSCF review here
Looks at four of the dominant
paradigms in statistics and compares them with a Christian worldview
Written to show that God is not! Contains many useful examples.
Examines the nature of mathematics, the influence of maths and
faith perspectives in mathematics from a Christian perspective.
Calvin Jongsma and Trudy Baker The Shape and Number of
Things: An Integrated Math Curriculum for the Elementary School
Curriculum Development Center)
A complete primary
Katherine Loop Beyond Numbers:
A Practical Guide to Teaching Math Biblically
(Christian Perspective, 2005; 2nd edn 2011) [see my review here]
Katherine Loop Revealing
Arithmetic: Math Concepts from a Biblical Worldview
A preliminary report resulting from a
seminar held in Toronto in July, 1971, under the auspices of the OACS and the
AACS. Contains a useful but out of date bibliography.
Harro Van Brummelen Walking
with God in the Classroom: Christian Approaches to Learning and Teaching
Though on Christian
education in general, this book contains many insights into mathematics.
Harro Van Brummelen 'Mathematics'
in Steensma, Geraldine and Harro W. Van Brummelen, editors. Shaping
School Curriculum: A Biblical View
. Terre Haute, Indiana: Signal Publishing
Gene B. Chase 'Has Christian theology furthered mathematics
' In Facets of Faith and
Science vol 2: The Role of Beliefs in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences: An
. Jitse M. van der Meer (ed.) University Press of
America/ Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies: Lanham/ Ancaster, 1996.
Harold Heie and David L. Wolfe (editors) The Reality of
Christian Learning: Strategies for Faith-Discipline Integration
Rapids: Christian University Press/ Eerdmans, 1987)
Harold Heie and Gene
Chase contribute two chapters on ways of integrating the Christian faith and
Harold Heie 'Developing a Christian
perspective on the nature of mathematics' in Arlin C. Migliazzo
(ed.) Teaching as an act of faith: theory and practice in
church-related higher education
. New York : Fordham University Press,
Vern Poythress ‘A biblical view of mathematics
’ in Foundations of
Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective
(Vallecito, CA: Ross House, 1976)
[Cornelius] Van Tilian approach to maths
Steensma and Harro W. Van Brummelen Shaping School Curriculum: A
(Terre Haute, Ind: Signal, 1977)
Contains a useful
chapter on math education by Van Brummelen and some examples (Statistics and
Deductive Geometry) of how this translates into classroom practice.
Danie F. M.Strauss
'A historical analysis of the role of beliefs in the three
foundational crises in mathematics'. In Facets of Faith and Science vol
2: The Role of Beliefs in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences: An Augustinian
. Jitse M. van der Meer (ed.) University Press of America/
Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies: Lanham/ Ancaster, 1996.
Danie F. M. Strauss 'Primitive meaning
in mathematics: the interaction among commitment, theoretical worldview and
axiomatic set theory'. In Facets of Faith and Science vol 2: The Role
of Beliefs in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences: An Augustinian Perspective
Jitse M. van der Meer (ed.) (Lanham/ Ancaster: University Press of America/
Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies:, 1996).
Danie F. M. Strauss Paradigms in Mathematics, Physics and Biology their Philosophical Roots (Bloemfontein: Tekskor BK, 2001)
Danie F. M. Strauss Philosophy: Discipline of the Disciplines (Grand Rapids: Paiedia Press, 2009)
Chapters 2 and 3 look at the uniqueness of science (including mathematics) and Dooyeweerd's modal aspects - which include the quantitative, spatial and kinematic)
Anthony Tol 'Counting , number concepts and numerosity' in Hearing
John Kraay and Anthony Tol (ed.) (Toronto: Wedge, 1979)
Noel Weeks The
Christian School: An Introduction
(Edinburgh: Banner of Truth)
Chapter 12 deals with maths. He
contrasts rationalist and romanticist views of math education and offers some
pointers for a Christian approach.
Patricia L. Ahlborn 'A Christian
philosophy of mathematics' online here
Places the emphasis on
teaching maths with meaning; she has three broad goals: maths should: reveal
God, call the student to a life of service; and lead the student into a deeper
knowledge of God. A helpful overview.
Paul Bialek 'Integrative Questions in
the Mathematics Curriculum: A Strategy for Faith-Learning Integration in
Mathematics' unpublished paper, 2003.
Examines several philosophies of maths to show that maths is not
neutral but shaped by beliefs. The contours of a Christian approach to maths
John Byl 'A Christian perspective on math' Reformed
27 (4) available here
Robert G. De Boer 'Faith and
mathematics' Reformed Journal
27 (4) (1977)
(The Christian Teachers
can be contacted at: PO Box 7000, Blacktown NSW 2148
Grattan-Guinness, Historical notes on the relations between mathematics and the
Christianities, Meeting of Austrian Society for the History of
Mathematics (Spring, 1999)
Jim Jadrich 'Constructivism in science
and math: is it Christian?' Christian Educators Journal
38, (October 1998), 17-18.
Calvin Jongsma 'Christianity and
mathematics: an analysis of differing approaches to their interrelationship'
ICS Academic Papers, 1984.
Willem Kuyk 'Some questions on the
foundation of logic' Philosophia Reformata 34
'Mathematics and politics' Philosophia Reformata 44
Devotionals with mathematics content!
Roger Slack Mathematics: An Historical Survey
ACT Mathematics Group 1981-83)
A useful 30-page
booklet dealing with the history of math from the Pythagoreans to the present
from a Christian perspective.
M D Stafleu 'The
mathematical and technical opening up of a field of science' Philosophia
Danie F. M.Strauss
'Number concept and number-idea' PhilosophiaReformata
Danie F. M. Strauss 'Number concept
and number-idea (continued)' Philosophia Reformata
Danie F. M. Strauss 'Dooyeweerd and Modern Mathematics' Reformational
, 1983, nr.2, 5-17.
Danie F. M. Strauss 'Mathematical paradigms' Journal for
, 3rd & 4th Quarter 1994, 113-167.
Danie F. M. Strauss 'The three
foundational crises in mathematics' Journal for Christian Scholarship
1st & 2nd Quarter 1995, 12-22.
Danie F. M. Strauss 'Mathematics and
the Real World' Koers
Year/ Vol. 65 (1) (April 2000), 95-121.
Harro Van Brummelen 'Mathematics in
the Christian High School Curriculum' Christian Educators Journal vol.
17(September/October 1977), 15-17.
Harro Van Brummelen 'What's happening
in math' Christian Home and School
vol. 57 (May/June
Transforming Teachers resources here
Thanks for this Steve!
You can get the Poythress article at theologynetwork.org
Are there additional references here to what's on your site?:
Yes! Though most of what's on the websiste are listed here (I think!). This is the old list updated.
I have written two books to help parents and teachers teach math from a biblical worldview. One is actually a supplemental curriculum that walks through the concepts in arithmetic, bringing in history, science, real-life, and, above all, a biblical perspective.
I wrote the resources after my own view of math was completely transformed by "Mathematics: Is God Silent?", one of the books I see you have listed here.
My website is http://www.christianperspective.net/math.html
Thank you for this list of resources, and may God bless you!
Thank you for these resources. I have linked them on my website http://www.GodandMath.com.
I am currently looking for contributions. Would you be at all interested in offering an article as a guest post on my site? It would not have to be an original piece unless you so desired.
I look forward to hearing from you. Blessings in all of your future endeavors.
Thanks for the fine work, Steve! May it ever grow and prosper. :-)
(Kind thanks for the nod to my little post too!)
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