Reflections of Previous Semesters, and Thoughts on Moving Forward

Since January to August, my course schedule has been steady every week except for a couple times when there was a week break during or after the semesters, and more is here. During the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters at Regent University, I experienced an introduction to 8-week accelerated courses. They were very challenging with a promise of gaining knowledge of how I may approach various fields with Biblical thinking. In-depth studies of Christian theology was the start of my journey at Regent after transferring from a local public college. It was the first time that I had ever sat down and read the works of leaders of Christian thought throughout history from St. Anselm to Thomas Aquinas about arguments for the existence of God, and to topics such as friendship, art, and marriage from Biblically-based perspectives both from centuries in the past to our contemporaries such as Aelred of Rievaulx, St. Augustine of Hippo, and Richard J. Foster. I learned the significance of the superior quality of Biblical prophecy with research into Jesus the Christ’s life on earth. Old Testament studies further built on these understandings.

After that, I faced testing with the understanding of this Biblical foundation in the form of applied dialogues in every course from Microeconomics to Introduction to Programming, and from Making of the Christian Leader to Operating Systems. Each course required rapid integration of faith with the study of reason. With these completed, I became accustomed to this eight-week format.

After a business week and a couple weekends for a break between semesters, Fall classes began, this Monday, the 22nd. Interestingly, I enrolled in a Calculus III course for my program that is fifteen weeks in duration. I say so because the study time was estimated for about the same amount of time as the eight-week courses; there is the same study challenge as an eight-week course, but that duration is doubled. Calculus being the study of infinity is a relevant topic for the integration of the Biblical Scriptures. As one of the Psalmists wrote, “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (NIV, Ps 103:17). According to Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton, the relevance of this chapter is related to the agenda of the editor of the Psalms. About what its purpose is, Hill and Walton said, “Critical discussion of God’s forgiving the sins of the nation” (Hill & Walton, 2009, p. 429). The Psalms verse and Hill and Walton stated that God Almighty grants his servants blessings of mercy that are collectively grace. This may be interpreted as the privilege of understanding His justice and infinite wisdom, though that does not mean God, himself, is understood beyond his character. Even when Immanuel walked the earth, God the Father reigned in heaven thus his character is known in the flesh, but his infinite Spirit is not fully known. I think that this may apply to Calculus III well as the concept of infinity may be known, but true infinity is not. It is an appealing dichotomy that may be studied for the purpose of growing in true faith for we all assume something as the basis for our worldviews. While this truth about humanity persists, the study of conceptual theory should continue in my view. Having said that, I have more courses this semester.

In general, my other courses are computer science topics, and they are Database Fundamentals, Ethics for Computer Science, and Distributed and Parallel Programming. Each of these eight-week courses required for my major are what interest me. In particular, the research that may equip me with a purpose-driven education is appealing, and I believe that this is the right path for me. Having said that, as these three eight-week courses are accelerated, I chose them two at a time at most. Towards the halfway completed date of the Fall semester, Database Fundamentals has completion as part of its scheduling whereas the remaining two have the beginning of their scheduled coursework for students. While this is work for me, I believe that any truths that I learn from these courses come from God, so I receive blessings then He receives glory. Therefore, my goal in this study consists of working for God Almighty.

Bibliography

Hill, A. E., & Walton, J. H. (2009). A Survey of the Old Testament (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI, MI: Zondervan Pub. House.

Computer Science as a Major

Although computer Science is a relevant field because of how it has changed the way man, male and female, work, I think that it is more so relevant because of its moral implications. In explication, I can say with confidence that programming is something that I can do, and if academia is a method of weighing the scales of skill, then I can say with confidence that I am among the skilled programmers. Having said that, I think that more important than doing an assignment or a job is understanding why a task is right or wrong, morally. Furthermore, I consider the freedom of expression in understanding morality with Biblical grounding a privilege, so pursuing happiness is a process of gradual self-improvemen. In the context of morality, I think that studying computer science has potential for much good or much evil.

While programming is a single aspect of computer science that should be learned by anyone studying this field, I also think that the traditional liberal arts should be its basis. Technically speaking, it is. In particular, mathematics is closely related to computer science. Historically, computing is considered a description of the deductive logic that laymen and scholars are aware of in various respects. Further, I think that saying computer science is more than deductive logic alone is fair; it also utilizes its counterpart that is inductive reasoning. Anyone who has written a line of usable code can tell the reader that symbols are important for programming.

For example:

x = 1

This “x” is assigned the unitless value “1,” and it can be further understood as a variable in that it can change.

To continue:

y = 2
z = x + y
x = z - y.

These lines of code illustrate the point that general ideas brought together with specifics quantify as applications. Hence, the purpose of computer science is very much interleaving theory with practice. Therefore, in some ways it involves engineering, but my program at university also includes research into the science of this field. However, there are colleges and universities that categorize this field as an engineering discipline rather than a science discipline. With that made apparent, I think that what can be said about this field is that it the truths realized from utilizing this field’s theories and practices come from God. To parphrase Pslam 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (NIV). The Bible is discussing all of creation comes from God. To interpret this, this is discussing that all truths come from him. In explication, I would say that in contemporary time many have the means for economic growth, but should also recognize that the best economic firms align with the social good. I assert that the morality of God has no superior. Therefore, there is no better reason for studying computer science than for the glorification of the Almighty God.