From the May, 2000 issue of Touchstone
Ecclesiastical Math by Thomas S. Buchanan

Ecclesiastical Math

As the Lord commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness.
—Numbers 1:19

One might think that a faith that holds the book of Numbers in high esteem might be popular with mathematicians, but sadly this isn’t the case. With the accounts of the seven days of creation, forty years in the wilderness, and one hundred forty-four thousand sealed, one might think that experts in number theory would have felt at home with our faith from its very beginning. This is all the more true since the early Church read the book of Numbers from a translation known as The Seventy (i.e., the Septuagint or LXX).

One could postulate that mathematicians find the church teachings tro . . .


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