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Chapter 1

The Living Creation

TermDefinition
Creation Mandate the command given by God to Adam and Eve to fill the earth and have dominion over it (Gen 1:28)
image of God the combination of qualities that God has placed in people as a reflection of Himself
biology the study of life
worldview the perspective or collection of presuppositions a person uses to view and interpret the world
observation information gathered by using one of the five senses, or the process of gathering such information; can include measurements or descriptions
interpretation the explanation or meaning given to a set of observations; affected by one's worldview
model a simple, workable representation of a usually complex object or concept
theory a model that attempts to explain a set of observations
law a description (often mathematical), based on repeated observations, of the relationship between two or more phenomena
scientific method an orderly way of investigating phenomena by using measurable and repeatable observations to est a hypothesis
hypothesis a simple, testable statement that predicts an answer to a question being investigated using the scientific method
survey a subset of observations gathered from within a larger possible set of data
environmentalism a broad philosophical and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment, sometimes at the expense of considerations for human needs and activities
conservation the preservation and wise use of natural resources, usually with consideration for the current and future needs of humans
biotechnology the use of living systems and organisms to produce new products and technologies, often by manipulating cells or cellular components
bioethics the study of often-controversial ethical issues that arise as the result of new advances in biology and medicine
Created by: Wcarlin