Statement of Purpose • IV. The mission of Campbell University, as a community of Christian scholars, is to A. Provide students with a Christian worldview
Is there a Christian view of botany? • Caretakers of the garden • Should we consider how our lifestyles impact the natural plant communities around us? • Does Christianity influence our use of plants? • Plant-derived chemicals
Christianity and botany • Spiritual symbolism of plants • Identification with Christ – John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing
Christianity and botany • Spiritual symbolism of plants • Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Why is knowledge of plants important? • We are dependent on plants
Genesis 1: 29-30 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beast of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Plants & health • Natural compounds • Lycopene • Yohimbine • Medicines • taxol
Velcro – George de Mestral 1907-1990
History of plant use & study • Stone Age (prior to 15,000 BC.) • Plants as a source of • Fuel • Food • Medicines
Plant domestication • 15,000 – 10,000 BC.
Plant Science in the Ancient World • Egypt (1500 B.C.) – documented herbal uses • Greece (400-300 B.C.) • Physicians/botanists • Theophrastus – “Father of Botany” • History of Plants • Causes of Plants
Age of Herbals (1500-1700 A.D.) • Otto Brunfels - 1541