Mathematics and the Bible

Annual Math in Conversation event draws intersections between math discoveries and Biblical text.

Asbury University mathematics professors Cheryll Johnson, Ph.D. and Towanna Roller, Ph.D. convened in Jameson Recital Hall on February 16 with Christian Studies and Philosophy professors Suzanne Nicholson, Ph.D. and Brian Shelton, Ph.D. for a discussion titled, “Mathematics and the Bible.” The conversation of the professors centered on discoveries in math and what was happening in the Bible at the time of those discoveries. It tied the history of the Bible in with the history of math discoveries, to weave the knowledge of the two together. Math concepts that appear in scripture and their usefulness in understanding scripture were explained.>

Johnson, chair of the Department of Mathematics, reflected on the event. 

“Each year, the department of mathematics looks forward to finding, with the help of our colleagues, the intersections of math in various disciplines,” Johnson said. “Our common faith made this year’s discussion on the Bible more accessible than ever.” 

SEARCH was thrilled to sponsor for the first time this annual interdisciplinary event. The math department has worked in previous years with the art department, science department and English department on iterations of this event. 

SEARCH will finish out the 2021-22 academic year with a faculty event in the Christianity & Science program, “Boundaries and Horizons: Engaging Faith, Science, and Humanities,” and the annual Symposium early April.  


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