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This paper applies McGrath's and Heller's approach to the consideration of mathematics. It assumes that mathematics is not self-interpreting, but that, looked at from a framework informed by the Christian scriptures, it can be seen as having significant meaning and value and a transcendent purpose. In particular, it presents a classical interpretation of mathematics broadly conceived, presents two approaches to providing warrant for such an interpretation, and explores some implications. It argues, by means of the example of the classical interpretation, that the relationship between mathematics and theology is a viable area of scholarly inquiry encompassing profound and fascinating questions. While it presents a case for the veracity of the classical interpretation, its primary goal is to establish the plausibility of that interpretation and the potential value of further study of the issues it raises. It concludes with a discussion of what role ACMS should play in the broader mathematical community.


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