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Physical Science for Christian Schools (1974) is written by Emmett L. Williams and George Mulfinger, Jr. and was the first text book published by Bob Jones University Press. This book has been described as follows "[in 1974] a full-scale, Bible-science textbook rolls off the Bob Jones University presses." [1]


The book has 12 units, each divided into 2 or more chapters. Its table of contents also highlights six biographical sketches on whom it titles Christian Men of Science, including Lord Kelvin, Robert Boyle, Johannes Kepler, Michael Faraday, Samuel F. B. Morse, and James Clerk Maxwell.

Unit one is titled "Science and the Christian", encompassing Chapter 1 "Science and You", Chapter 2 "Science and the Bible", and Chapter 3 "THe Scientific Method". Unit two "The Structure of Matter" encompasses Chapter 4 "The Composition of Matter", Chapter 5 "Molecules in Motion", Chapter 6 "Atomic Structure", Chapter 7 "Chemical Bonding", and Chapter 8 "The Periodic Table." Unit three "Using Numbers in Science" encompasses Chapters 9 "Measurement" and 10 "The Gas Laws". Unit four "Water and Its Elements" encompasses Chapters 11 "Water" and 12 "Oxygen and Hydrogen". Unit five "Descriptive Chemistry--Groups IA-IVA" encompasses Chapters 13 "The Active Metals", 14 "Chemistry of Carbon and Silicon", 15 "Organic Chemistry", 16 "Biochemistry", and 17 "Colloids". There are several more units with chapters.

Integration in ACE

Physical Science for Christian Schools is officially recognized by the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum. Such texts "invariably contain editorial comment. For instance, [this book] tells its student readers: [2]

The categories [of elements] are a reflection of the kinds of people we find in the world. On the two extremes are the saved and unsaved people....Unfortunately there is an intermediate group, the metalloid Christian--the worldly or carnal Christian. This type of person says he is saved but acts like an unsaved person at times. You should not be a metalloid Christian. [p.179][2][3]


  1. Barry Ferst, The Chronicles of Bible-Science: A Short History of People Who Take the Good Book for a Science Textbook The Journal of American Culture Volume 8 (Issue 3), 1985, pages 27–34, p.33
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mary Beth Gehram, "Reading, Writing, and Religion", p.81-90, On the Barricades: Religion and Free Inquiry in Conflict, 1989, Prometheus Books
  3. Emmett L. Williams & George Mulfinger (1974). Physical Science for Christian Schools. BJU Press. ISBN 978-0890840009. 

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