Session 1 DiscussionOnline Students:Click on the Session 1 Discussion link and create a new thread to respond to the discussion prompt. After posting your initial response, please comment on classmates’ responses. Respond by making constructive responses or by raising other questions that will promote further discussion and learning by all of us.It is best practice to post early and continually participate throughout the session. You will be graded not only for your posting, but your participation in this discussion. Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 P.M. (MST) of the session in which the discussion is assigned. A minimum of two (2) additional response posts are due on Sunday at 11:59 P.M. (MST). These are minimum requirements. Be sure to follow any additional guidelines posted by the instructor for the course in regards to discussions.Review the rubric for the discussion.In-Seat Students:Review the discussion prompt below. Then prepare a list of talking points in order to be prepared for the class discussion. Please bring a printed copy to class.Discussion Prompt: Scientific Method, Knowledge, and StewardshipBased on what you saw in the two videos under Viewing Assignments, discuss what the scientific method is good for, what it safeguards against, and when it is not useful?Research an environmental issue from your reading. What is the current state of scientific knowledge on the topic you selected? Are there any biases or conflicting viewpoints on the issue? Is the scientific information on this issue misrepresented to the public? How can we use the scientific method to safeguard against faulty scientific information?From the Biblical Perspective reading, what did you learn about God’s character and based on what God prioritizes, how should we respond to the environmental issue that you discussed?
Session 1 DiscussionOnline Students:Click on the Session 1 Discussion link and create a new thread to respond to the discussion prompt. After posting your initial response, please comment on classmate
ession 1 Session 1 Topic: Environmental Science and the Scientific Method In this session we begin by studying God as the Creator of all there is, including the environment we live in. The world is faced by a series of environmental issues, which the global community needs to continually address. We will look at those issues and study how the scientific method can be used to mitigate them. The topic of sustainability will be introduced. Having a grasp of the environmental issues that face, us as well as understanding the scientific method for both assessing and addressing the problems with our environment, are important skills for you to have as an informed citizen of the United States. Student Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will be able to: Explain how studying nature can tell us about the character of the Creator. Describe the scientific method and its aims. Describe several important environmental problems facing the world. List several examples of progress in environmental quality. Explain the idea of sustainability and some of its aims. Reading and Viewing Assignment Reading and Viewing Assignment Please complete the following before this session: Reading: Cunningham, W., & Cunningham, M. A. (2020). Principles of environmental science: Inquiry and application (9th ed.). Chapter 1: Understanding Our Environment DeWitt, C. B. (n.d.). Three biblical principles for environmental stewardship. Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. Retrieved from http://www.leaderu.com/theology/environment.html Beisner, C. E., Cromartie, M., Derr, T. S., Knippers, D., Hill, P. J., & Terrell, T. (n.d.). A biblical perspective on environmental stewardship. Action Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. Retrieved from http://www.acton.org/public-policy/environmental-stewardship/theology-e/biblical-perspective-environmental-stewardship Viewing: Video: Introduction to Science Video transcript (pdf) Video transcript (pdf) – Alternative Formats available for download Video: What is Science (12:55) Video transcript (pdf) Video transcript (pdf) – Alternative Formats available for download. Krampf, R. (2019, July 23). What is Science? by The Happy Scientist [Video file]. Please Note: Colorado Christian University recently renamed this course and assigned it a new course ID. This process did not alter the course content. As a part of this renaming process, many of the documents and course resources may reflect the old and new course ID. Please do not let this confuse you. Note: All links to websites and pdfs open in a new window. Links to PowerPoint and Word files download directly to your computer. Blackboard may block some embedded videos. Ensure that you allow all content by clicking on the shield in your browser bar (Chrome (shield on right side) > “Load unsafe scripts”; Firefox (shield on left side) > “Disable protection of insecure content”). Additional Lecture Resource (optional) Additional Lecture Resource (optional) Here is a Youtube video on Environmental Science – an Introduction Video transcript (pdf) Video transcript (pdf) – Alternative Formats available for download Biblical Perspective Biblical Perspective Nature is Part of God’s Revelation to Man: A Meditation on Psalm 104 From Psalm 104, list the actions God makes. (Underline every verb that tells us of God’s actions). After creating your list, put the verbs into categories where God creates, where God gives, and where God controls processes. What do these action verbs tell us about God? What do they tell us about His character, about what He prioritizes, and what He cares for?
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