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  1. Christian Worldview of Mathematics

  2. Mathematics and God • God created all things, and because He did, Mathematics exists. • God spoke into existence, and Maths is a part of that speech. • Maths is a part of all cultures because God is central to all cultures. • God is intelligent, and Maths demonstrates the vastness of that intelligence. • God is sovereign, ruling over the universe. Maths is one means by which His rule is implemented.

  3. Maths and creation • Maths, being a part of creation, does not exist independently of God. • Maths, like every other aspect of creation, belongs to God. • Maths, as every other part of creation, is subject to God’s authority. • Maths is constantly speaking to us because we live in a created, intelligently governed world.

  4. Maths and People • We need Maths as a tool for fulfilling God’s first commission in Genesis 1:26-28 • The ability to use Maths for problem solving is a remarkable gift to people from God. • Maths is a reminder that we are created in the image of God because we are capable of abstract reasoning and creative invention.

  5. Counting (Numeration) • Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” • Job 147:4 “..Does He not see my ways and count all my steps?” • Psalm 147:4 “..He counts the number of stars; He calls them all by name.” • Luke 12: 7 “..the very hairs of your head are numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

  6. Money • Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” • Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.” • 1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.”

  7. Fijian women selling fish at the markets

  8. TimeBefore, After, Sequence of Events, Daily Schedules, Seasons of the year, hours, minutes and seconds,Perfect spinning of the planet • Psalm 62:8a “Trust in Him at all times.” • Ecclesiastes 3:2 “There is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant…” • Job 22:16 • Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” • Psalm 104: 20-21 “You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.”

  9. Musical rhythm has time and beat

  10. Calendar: Days of the Week, Months of the Year, Hours in a Day, Minutes in an hour, seconds in a week, Seasons

  11. Patterns • Genesis 1: 1 – 31 The story of creation. • Moses 2: 12,14 They reproduce “after their own kind.” – pattern of parentage

  12. Symmetry

  13. Measurement • Genesis 6: 14-16 The building of the ark. • Revelation 21:15 “The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.” • Exodus 25: 8-9 “..make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” • Leviticus 19:35 “Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.” • Proverbs 11:1 “The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.”

  14. Fractions