In Celebration of Psalm
God's handiwork in Creation
Information. Dr. Bossard earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from
College in 1967 after a B.Sc. (Drexel) and A.M. (Dartmouth) in Physics.
His thesis in probability
theory was published in the Transactions of
the American Mathematical Society (1971). He also earned a M.Div.
Biblical Theological Seminary in 1982.
His primary work has been in
scientific computer modeling and simulation, with emphasis on military
applications. He has had a particular interest in ocean science, and
this eventually led him to the H.M.S. Challenger Exploratory Expedition
of 1872-1876, which was perhaps the most
extensively documented deep ocean voyage of exploration. All of the
reports of this Expedition are posted at the 19th Century Science
website, which includes along with the
Challenger reports, some contemporary accounts of
this and similar voyages, in the HMS
Challenger Library. From that work, he turned his attention to the
development of the Geological Sciences in the 19th Century, and posted
many of the prominent books from this era in the Golden Age of
Dr. Bossard has had a lifelong interest in understanding the
parts of the Bible that relate to science, and has used his scientific
knowledge to explore that relationship. He believes that the Bible is
inspired by God the Creator, and therefore it is accurate in the
statements it makes of a scientific nature -- understanding that the
Bible was written for all people, not just for scientists, and that
language by its very nature is metaphorical, so any
scientific content can be expected to be explained in ways that could
and can be understood in all ages by the typical intelligent person of
the time, using the common language, figures of speech, analogy and
other literary devices, to make the message relevant and clear (unless
it is intentionally obscured), without mis-statements of fact. Many
silly statements pointing out supposed scientific errors in the Bible,
result when modern notions of accuracy, grammar and scientific
expression are erroneously projected onto the Biblical writings.
With regard to the creative works of God as displayed in nature, Dr.
Bossard accepts the following principle, which is described and
amplified throughout this website:
"God does not create by fiat
those things which are quite within the range of natural processes."
Thus, for example, God created the elements required for life in the
stars over a (necessarily) long period of some 10 billion years,
because God had formed the natural laws of physics with the exquisite
precision required to do this creative act by natural means. Certainly
God could have created these elements by fiat - by willing them
into existence - but the evidence from the Silent Speech of Psalm 19,
is that he did not do that.
Related to this is Dr. Bossard's view of the task of science:
"The task of science is to
explore the limits of what can be done by natural processes."
To do this, science must first discover (or postulate) the built-in
laws and constants of nature, and then form effective experiments
to test these postulates and press them to discover their natural
limits. Science has been remarkably successful at doing this, but there
still remains much to be done.