This troubled me. I wanted to take the teaching of Jesus seriously that we are to love God with the whole mind, but I was rather unclear about how doing mathematics accomplished this.
|Useless by xkcd|
Over the next few posts, I offer a sketch of how I’m coming to understand the nature and value of doing and teaching mathematics from a Christian perspective. I originally shared much of this sketch during a talk I gave at Andrews University last fall during a faculty luncheon sponsored by the Center for College Faith. I must admit, though, that many of these are still live questions that I fully expect to continue wrestling with throughout my life. Over the last several years, however, I’ve gone from thinking of faith and mathematics as irrelevant to each other to finding beautiful connections between the two. Hence, my faith in Christ has become a great motivation to take mathematics seriously and my appreciation for mathematics has grown my love for God.
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