New Videos Online from the ECF “Author of Life” Project

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High school is tough. Teenagers get a bum rap from adults, who often don’t take them seriously. In high school, being included, and likeable, sometimes seems more important than school or church. Navigating through this time as a Christian presents an enormous challenge for many young people. Christians are frequently marginalized for their beliefs, which don’t fit easily into a worldly culture obsessed with image and fast-paced, inch-deep entertainment.

If it’s hard enough to be a Christian and young, it must be especially hard to be a young Christian with lots of questions. Maybe other Christians don’t act like we think they should. Maybe science and the Bible seem in direct conflict with one another. What to do?

ECF scholars Joshua Hayashi and Diane Sweeney have been working to produce a series of videos to engage high school-age Christians at a crucial time of development, to help them work through their questions while also integrating, rather than distancing, their Christian identity from their personal lives.

Watch the first video below!

Episode Summary: When you are in church, do you act and speak differently than when you are in school? Do you tend to compartmentalize what you learn about in Biology class from what you learn about in Sunday School? Jesus wants us to integrate all areas of our life together. He wants us to see things differently. Jesus himself was fully God and fully man. He was theology and biology integrated. He is the Author of Life. Studying his creation can only bring us closer to him.




Ruppel, Emily. "New Videos Online from the ECF “Author of Life” Project" N.p., 9 Apr. 2014. Web. 25 May 2017.


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Emily Ruppel

Emily Ruppel Emily Ruppel is a doctoral student in rhetoric of science at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her PhD work, she studied poetry at Bellarmine University in Louisville and science writing at MIT. She has also served as blog editor for The BioLogos Foundation and as Associate Director of Communications for the American Scientific Affiliation.

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