Back to School with BioLogos
This month, as students and teachers head back to schools and campuses (or begin their yearly studies at home), we thought we’d share some of our favorite education-related resources from the BioLogos website, selected by our new Content Development Coordinator, Chris Stump.
In his post “Conversing with Our Children about Creation and Evolution”, geneticist Praveen Sethupathy emphasizes the importance of letting children explore science and faith rather than promoting a single hardline view of Genesis and origins. He shares his own experience conversing with his six-year old son, and leaves with this wonderful parting advice:
When we give [our children] the space to explore thought-provoking subjects related to their faith, such as creation and evolution, I believe that we help them to cultivate a culture of honest reflection and discourse, be better prepared to tackle the questions and challenges that are sure to arise in their faith journey, and ultimately draw nearer to God.
Children’s ministry leader and bioengineer Lara Touryan-Whelan offers similar guidance for parents and teachers. In her post “Mending the Disconnect,” Lara explores the unfortunate disconnect that sometimes exists between the evangelical community and science and how her work as an educator has been focused on teaching children that it’s okay to explore God’s creation through science. She writes:
As a Christian, a scientist, and an educator, I particularly want the kids I work with to know that it is good to wonder about the world around us and say, 'God did it - But how?' More than that, I want them to know that they do not have to be afraid of the answers to those questions.
Some parents of children in public school feel concerned about their children’s faith as they face secular teachers and professors. In his essay “Allaying Parental Fears About Evolution Education in Public Schools”, Dr. David Vinson shares his personal engagement with two parents who held these same concerns and wrestled with whether to pull their children from the public school system to save their faith. After much discussion, Dr. Vinson convinced the parents that there is nothing to fear. He writes:
They now feel good and at peace about keeping their children in the public school system, since the science curriculum is no longer viewed as a threat to their Christian faith. Their role as parents is no longer to oppose evolution but rather to set their children’s understanding of evolution in a larger theistic framework. Whether the family is reviewing the science material that the children are learning in school, or watching educational science shows on TV like NOVA, Nature, and National Geographic, they can marvel at the mechanisms of evolution and the complexity and the diversity of life that it brings forth, all as a wonderful outworking of how God creates life.
We leave you with this wonderful video from Pastor Joel Hunter about raising our children to pursue the truth. As he so wonderfully puts it:
If you really want to pour into the lives of your children, you want to build a child that can learn from everywhere in the world. You want them to be able to face issues that are difficult. You want them to have integrity when they study science. To be able to see the truth for what it really is. To be able to pursue the truth where it leads because we happen to believe that truth is a person. I am the way, the truth and the life. We believe the truth will ultimately lead to Jesus. So you want to raise kids that aren't afraid.