Vern S Poythress Chapter Summary

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Reflection on Vern S. Poythress
“Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach”
Written by Jordan Baker, Numon Gafurov, CJ Gordon, Charlie Hubbard, and Alex Vander Stoep
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Overview:
In his book, “Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach”, Vern S. Poythress offers a foundational interpretation for all mathematical thought. Driven by his strong love for math along with his strong love for God, Poythress argues that “God’s consistent character and nature are found in the harmony between mathematical truths, our physical world of things, and the personal world of our thinking.” Poythress bases his interpretations on the purity and beauty he sees within mathematics which mirrors the pure and beautiful nature of God himself. In a world that views mathematics as “religiously neutral”, Poythress strives to shatter that worldview in hopes to show people the numerous ways in which God and mathematics are so perfectly associated.
Part 1 - Chapter 1: God and Mathematics
Vern S. Poythress begins his discussion with a chapter titled “God and Mathematics.” In this chapter, he examines characteristics that are shared between God and arithmetical truth.
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So we look at the truth 2 + 2 = 4, which has the attributes of God, being omnipresent, eternal, omnipotent, and truthful. But not only does this truth reflect God, but it is also accessible to our minds, since we can see examples of it in the real world, such as two apples plus two apples is four apples. So this truth is not only transcendental, but also immanent in this world. Because of this, there are three realms that exist in harmony with each other. These are the realm of transcendent law, the realm that consists of things in the created world, and the realm of our minds. God ordains all three, since he specifies the transcendent, created the world, and created humans with

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