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Bestselling college textbook author Marvin L. Bittinger provides a new and original defense of the Christian faith using a framework of mathematics. In The Faith Equation, Dr. Bittinger uses mathematical concepts to examine both truth and paradox from the Bible, historical details examining prophecy, the growth in Christian evangelism, the healing power of prayer, the Trinity, and numerical applications of math in the Bible - even how string theory relates to the endtimes. Dr. Bittinger writes for the average Christian, presenting his mathematical defense in the approachable way that only he can - shown by his success in bringing basic college mathematics to over 12 million students.
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Normal 0 false false false Marvin Bittinger has been teaching math at the university level for more than thirty-eight years. Since 1968, he has been employed at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and is now professor emeritus of mathematics education. Professor Bittinger has authored over 190 publications on topics ranging from basic mathematics to algebra and trigonometry to applied calculus. He received his BA in mathematics from Manchester College and his PhD in mathematics education from Purdue University. Special honors include Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and his election to the Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1999. Professor Bittinger has also had the privilege of speaking at many mathematics conventions, most recently giving a lecture entitled "Baseball and Mathematics." His hobbies include hiking in Utah, baseball, golf, and bowling. In addition, he also has an interest in philosophy and theology, in particular, apologetics. Professor Bittinger currently lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife Elaine. He has two grown and married sons, Lowell and Chris, and four granddaughters. Judy Beecher has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Indiana University and a graduate degree in mathematics from Purdue University. She has taught at both the high school and college levels with many years of developmental math and precalculus teaching experience at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition to her career in textbook publishing, she spends time traveling, enjoying her grandchildren, and promoting charity projects for a children's camp. Barbara Johnson has a BS in mathematics from Bob Jones University and a MS in math from Clemson University. She has taught high school and college math for 30 years, and enjoys the challenge of helping each student grow in appreciation for and understanding of mathematics. As a Purdue Master Gardener, she also enjoys helping others learn gardening skills. Believing that the best teacher is always learning, she recently earned a black belt in karate.
Marvin L. Bittinger has an academic affiliation as follows - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Indiana University-P.
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A great read for even non-mathematicians Feb 12, 2008
This is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in mathematical issues and their links to radical, theoretical Christian concepts.
The author is an excellent writer with a far reaching and well deserved reputation. He has not let us down again.
Engaging and fascinating Nov 8, 2007
Fascinating and engaging - I always wanted to get back to it after putting it down! I felt like I was sitting at the feet of someone who has gone before me and was listening to some great stories about his life and finding faith! He makes it easy to read about issues dealing with faith, doubt, and paradox in the context of mathematics. Much of it is written more like a story. I can see why he was a successful writer of math books! I learned in reading the book, not just practically about mathematics, but about life, faith, and God. I have often engaged in dialogue and reading about paradox in faith, particularly in Christian faith, and this book deals with it in a way that was easy to read, refreshing, and new - and it included a perspective of mathematics. It was a smooth and easy read, even for someone who last took college algebra over 13 years ago! It's a keeper on my shelf, to refer back to, and to give away!
Intriguing! Aug 27, 2007
I am privileged to write a review of this book. It was similar to reading a mystery novel in that I didn't want to put it down, wondering where the author was going next. I experienced this, particularly with the material related to paradox. I deeply appreciated how much the author encouraged the embracing of paradox yet gave such solid answers as to how many of the paradoxes of faith can be resolved. And, while i am sure there is plenty of mathematics in this book to intrigue the seriously math minded, I found the book intriguing nonetheless as one who is "math challenged". I really liked how transparent the author was regarding his own faith journey. I respect his expertise and really admire how much of his heart shows through the whole book!
Spiritual Applications Aug 16, 2007
This book is a comfortable read. The author has combined a lifelong interest in Christianity with a lifelong vocation of searching for mathematical applications. From the probability of biblical prophecy to the Christian Evangelizing of the world the reader can either get involved in the mathematics or gloss over the details with profit. And if you are really interested there are a lot of bible prophecies that are not explored. You won't find many books like this one.