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Math, Sickness, and the Fall – Katherine Loop

As we use math to explore God’s creation, we not only find evidence of His wisdom and care everywhere (see one of my previous posts about the design God has placed in sunflowers), but we also find evidence of the fall. We see over and over again that sin marred God’s originally perfect creation.

One simple example this time of year comes in the form of coughs and sneezes. While you probably don’t think about math when you reach for a thermometer, thermometers use numbers to measure temperature. And while math may not be on you mind when you pick up a box of medicine and look at the back for directions, the box likely uses numbers tell you how much is in each serving, how often to take the medicine, etc.

Math applies a lot behind the scenes too in helping us explore and understand disease and how to fight it. For one example, in Principles of Mathematics, I have students explore the exponential growth of viruses and bacteria, as well as how quickly vitamins decay.

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The sickness we encounter (and use math to help us explore and treat) reminds us of the seriousness of sin. God warned Adam sin would result in death, and it did. Ever since then, we’ve been slowly dying. Yet sickness also reminds us of God’s mercy. He entered His creation, suffered, and died so one day those who believe in Him can again be in a perfect world, with no more suffering, sickness, or death. Now that’s cause for rejoicing…even as we reach for the tissue box.

Learn more about the wonders of God’s design in Math with Katherine’s Materials below:


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For years, Christian math books have looked basically like secular textbooks, with the addition of a Bible verse here or there. Here, at last, is a book to help you transform your math class and show your child God’s handiwork in math!

Learn math that makes sense with the Principles of Mathematics Year 1 Set!


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Math is a real-life tool that points us to God and helps us explore His creation, yet it often comes across as dry facts and meaningless rules. Here at last is a curriculum that has a biblical worldview integrated throughout the text and problems, not just added as an afterthought!

See more of her books and curriculum in the Creation Superstore HERE!

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Written by Kate [Loop] Hannon

After having her own view of math transformed, Katherine has been researching, writing, and speaking on a biblical worldview of math for more than a decade. She's the author of the popular Principles math curriculum series published by Master Books. Her books on math and a biblical worldview have been used by individuals, homeschool groups, and Christian schools and colleges. Receive a free video on transforming math at

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