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Rhetoric Stage
Science Curriculum


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Option 1: History, Philosophy, & Nature of Science
For all rhetoric stage students, especially those considering careers in the sciences. Science as a discipline is actually a subset of the study of philosophy. Philosophy asks “What is true?” about the universe in all its aspects; science merely seeks to know what is true about the natural, physical world, a much smaller field of study. The search for truth, and thus scientific investigation, is governed by the principles of philosophy. How can we know what is true? And how does this relate to scientific investigation and the interpretation of scientific facts? This necessary, governing study is often neglected at the university level for science majors and so is doubly important now as a foundation.

Option 2: Hard Sciences
The hard sciences are biology, chemistry, and physics, and in this respect this study resembles a more traditional high school study of science. On whether to study the hard sciences in high school or not: freshman biology, chemistry and physics courses at university are a repeat of AP-level hard science courses, as these are. In order to do well in the chemistry course, Algebra I should have been completed. In order to do well in the physics course, Trigonometry should have been completed, or at least be taken concurrently.


History, Philosophy, & Nature of Science

Click to order Children of PrometheusChildren of Prometheus
Dr. James MacLachlan

For 10th grade. Children of Prometheus: A History of Science and Technology is a single-volume, integrated survey of the history of Western science and technology and is ideal as an introduction in the history of science and technology for non-scientists. It provides a clear, non-technical exposition of all the major issues and events from Plato to the present. This volume assumes the truth of molecules-to-man neo-darwinism. This deficiency in the text is addressed by the other rhetoric stage resources suggested on this page. James H. MacLachlan is a writer on history and science topics living in Toronto, formerly Professor of History at Ryerson Polytechnic University. He holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University. Plan to take the school year to read, take notes on, discuss, and write papers about the issues brought to light in the book.


Click to order Biblical Basis for Modern ScienceBiblical Basis for Modern Science
Dr. Henry M. Morris

For 11th grade. Dr. Morris’ classic work on the biblical worldview as the underpinning set of axioms foundational to all branches of science has been newly revised and updated with the most recent discoveries in science. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science lays the foundation first in Science and True Christianity with Theology, the Queen of the Sciences; Cosmology, Christ and the Cosmos; Supernaturalism, Miracles and the Laws of Nature; and Evolutionism, Science Falsely So Called. Secondly the Physical Sciences are explored with Cosmogony, Creation of the World; Astronomy, the Host of Heaven; Thermodynamics, the Power of Heat; and Chemistry and Physics, the Dust of the Earth. The text then turns to the Earth Sciences with Geophysics, the Foundation of the World; Hydrology and Meteorology, Water and the Word; Geology, Overflowed with Water; and Paleontology, Fossils and the Flood. Lastly the Life Sciences are examined with Biology, the Life of the Flesh; Anthropology, Man in the Image of God; Demography and Linguistics, Babel and the World Population; and Ethnology, God and the Nations. Appendices include Bible-believing scientists of the past, and global processes indicating recent creation, among many other useful appendices on relevant topics. For the non-scientist. Plan to take the school year to read, take notes on, discuss, and write papers about the issues brought to light in the book.


In 12th grade, students will study one essay and two books on the philosophy of science. They disagree with each other in parts in their conclusions, but much can be learned about the nature of science by digesting the history, philosophy, and writings of scientific philosophers presented in each to make the respective cases. As to which point of view presents the “right” view, or even whether a “right” view can be known: Well, this would be an excellent topic for the senior research paper.

Preface this year’s study with an introduction to the philosophy of science. I recommend the essay, “Naturalism versus Science” by Dr. Walter James ReMine, found beginning on page 29 of his book, The Biotic Message. The most relevant sections of the essay are from pages 29 through 35: Naturalism versus Science, What is Science?, Science is Tentative, and Double Standards; however, the entire essay is instructive and can be read with profit.


Click to order The Philosophy of Science and Belief in GodPhilosophy of Science and Belief in God
Dr. Gordon H. Clark

For 12th grade. For the past two centuries Christianity has been subjected to an unrelenting barrage of criticism from scientists who have argued that many historical statements in the Bible are wrong; that man, and the universe as well, evolved -- they were not created; that the Bible’s view of the universe is primitive and mythological; and that the Christian view of God and man cannot be reconciled with our modern scientific discoveries. In the popular mind, the modern phrase, “It has been scientifically proved” has replaced the biblical phrase “thus says the Lord,” as the final court of appeal. In Philosophy of Science and Belief in God, Dr. Gordon H. Clark analyzes science from a biblical and logical perspective. His conclusions are rather startling ... to laymen who have been deceived by the modern idolatry of science. Science, says Dr. Clark, can offer no objection to either God or the Bible, for science can never discover truth. It is ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of truth. Dr. Clark was an eminent Christian philosopher and theologian, the author of 40 books, and the former Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Butler University. He died in 1985.
Out of print. Search AddAll.com or BookFinder.com via a title search using “philosophy of science and belief in god” and an author search using “clark.” If a used copy of the book cannot be found, request your public library to interlibrary loan a copy in for you, and when it comes in, copy it and bind it at a copy store, and return the book to the library. The U.S. Copyright Law contains a fair use provision which allows an educator to make a single copy of out-of-print materials if needed for use in teaching (not for profit or publication).


Click to order Christianity and the Nature of ScienceChristianity and the Nature of Science
Dr. J. P. Moreland

For 12th grade. Dr. Moreland, professor of philosophy of religion at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, who also holds degrees in chemistry, theology, and philosophy, is well-qualified to write on the intersection of science and faith and their relationship to truth. In Christianity and the Nature of Science: A Philosophical Investigation, he makes the claim that science and theology have, do, and should interact with each other. In order to defend this claim, the discussion in this book centers around questions of philosophy, especially the philosophy of science, “because how science and theology should interact is primarily a philosophical question (though science and theology are involved).” The three premises he puts forward in this book are as follows: First, “there is no definition of science, no set of necessary and sufficient conditions for something to count as science ... that can be used to draw a line of demarcation between science and non-science.” Second, limits to science exist, and those limits deprive science of its claim to overrule theology and philosophy when they come in conflict. Third, when attempting to integrate the truths of science with the truths of theology, one should not assume scientific realism: the view that successful scientific theories are true models of the world. Absorbing reading, with much food for thought, research (excellent bibliography included), and discussion.
Out of print. Search AddAll.com or BookFinder.com via a title search using “christianity and the nature of science” and an author search using “moreland.” If a used copy of the book cannot be found, request your public library to interlibrary loan a copy in for you, and when it comes in, copy it and bind it at a copy store, and return the book to the library. The U.S. Copyright Law contains a fair use provision which allows an educator to make a single copy of out-of-print materials if needed for use in teaching (not for profit or publication).

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Hard Sciences

Click to order Exploring Creation with BiologyExploring Creation with Biology
Dr. Jay Wile

For 10th grade. This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course. Algebra I ought to have been completed, or taken concurrently, with this course. Exploring Creation With Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. The 2 volume set includes the hardbound student text, with all lessons, labs, and exercises; and the softbound teacher’s solutions and tests manual. The information page for purchasing this text contains table of contents, sample module, and all information necessary for the labs. To order the text once at the publisher’s website, click on this Shopping Cart link.


Click to order Exploring Creation with ChemistryExploring Creation with Chemistry
Dr. Jay Wile

For 11th grade. In order to understand this text, the student must have completed Algebra I. This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. The 2 volume set includes the hardbound student text, with all lessons, labs, and exercises; and the softbound teacher’s solutions and tests manual. The information page for purchasing this text contains table of contents, sample module, and all information necessary for the labs. To order the text once at the publisher’s website, click on this Shopping Cart link.


Click to order Exploring Creation with PhysicsExploring Creation with Physics
Dr. Jay Wile

For 12th grade. In order to understand this text, the student must have completed, or be taking concurrently, Trigonometry. Exploring Creation With Physics provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics. Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in units, measurement, one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. The 2 volume set includes the hardbound student text, with all lessons, labs, and exercises; and the softbound teacher’s solutions and tests manual. The information page for purchasing this text contains table of contents, sample module, and all information necessary for the labs. To order the text once at the publisher’s website, click on this Shopping Cart link.


If one of your children can’t get enough science (as one of my children couldn’t), the Hard Sciences option can be completed along with the History, Philosophy, and Nature of Science suggestions as an elective. Advanced science courses are also available from Dr. Jay Wile, which may also count toward filling a student’s electives requirement for graduation. They include: The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (prerequisite: biology and chemistry, above; credit should be given for one semester of Human Anatomy and one semester of Cell Biology upon completion); Advanced Chemistry in Creation (prerequisite: chemistry, above; credit should be given for one year of Advanced or AP Chemistry upon completion); and Advanced Physics in Creation (prerequisite: physics and trigonometry, above; credit should be given for one year of Advanced or AP Physics upon completion). To order any of Dr. Wile’s advanced science courses, click on this Shopping Cart link. A child with a passion for science can also study any (or all) of the Origins Science Debate recommendations in depth, keeping a topic notebook, taking notes, and analyzing the arguments made, presenting a paper on a thesis addressed on the completion of each book (a la On the Use of Real Books in the Secondary Curriculum.) A child which does this ought to receive credit commiserate to the time put into the study: one semester for 60 hours of research and analyzation, and one year for 120 hours.

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Using the Online Catalog

This online catalog is made possible through an association with Barnes&Noble.com. Clicking on the book title or book cover will take you to Barnes&Noble.com’s information page about that book. You can look at its price, availability, any discounts currently taken for that title, reviews of the book, and other information, as well as order it if you decide to purchase the book. You can even place books in your shopping cart and save them for purchase at a later time. You can continue to add or delete books from your shopping cart until you are satisfied with your order and ready to purchase. Clicking on any link to Barnes&Noble.com will open a new window; to return to CCH, click on the “Window” menu on your browser’s menu bar, and choose Classical Christian Homeschooling.

Sometimes books go out of print, or the publisher runs out of stock. Any book not available from Barnes&Noble.com for any reason can be searched using AddAll.com, a book shopping site which will scan Barnes&Noble.com as well as Amazon.com, Powell’s Books, Book Close Outs and many other new and used book sites. Be sure to also check BookFinder.com for out of print book searches.

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