Does modern science influence how we read the Bible? Is faith reasonable in our scientific age? What’s it like to pursue a career in science as a Christian? As a youth worker, you’re probably hearing questions like these from your students frequently. Your answers can have a huge impact on the lives of the kids you serve.
Below are links to recommended books, articles, videos, and stories that can get you up to speed on popular topics and give you practical ideas of how to start a positive conversation about science and faith in your youth group.
Learning from Young People about Science and Faith: An Interview with Andy Root
If faith is seen by youth as only for immature people, and we cannot show how a commitment to a personal God is not opposed to scientific findings and theories, then we’re in trouble.
A Youth Pastor and a Concerned Parent Talk about Evolution and Christian Faith
A parent learns that his high-schooler is being taught that evolution is false by his youth pastor, and dialogues with the pastor about evolutionary creationism.
4 Ways Pastors can Shepherd their Congregation through Discussions on Faith and Science
Pastors have both a responsibility and privilege to guide their “flocks” through the science and faith discussion. Pastor Mario Russo shares four simple ways to do so.
The Scientific Method as a Tool for Faith Formation
If we don’t interrogate our faith, we run the risk of living a divided life and never fully embodying God’s deepest desire for creation.
Origins Book and Videos
Origins lays out the various Christian perspectives on origins in a clear and approachable way. It has been used by many Christian high schools and colleges, helping students understand the range of views on issues of creation, intelligent design, and evolution. The accompanying video series can be used independently.
Atheism, Truth, and Certitude: Jeff Hardin Weighs In
Jeff Hardin discusses what keeps Christians from engaging in dialogue about science and faith issues (especially evolution); he also reflects on the Christian notion of faith.
I Have a Friend Who Believes Science Disproves Faith
Is Christianity anti-science? Can Christians be good scientists? Is science the only source of true knowledge? Pastor Dave Gustavsen of Jacksonville Chapel addresses these questions.
The Firmament of Genesis 1 is Solid but That’s Not the Point
To insist that the description of the sky in Genesis 1 must conform to contemporary science is a theological problem. It is important to remember that God speaks in ways that people can understand.
Mountains, Meadows, and Marmots: Creation or Judgment?
If the characteristics of creation is evidence not of God’s power but of creation falling apart because of sin, how can God’s eternal power and divine nature be clearly seen in the world around us?
From the Mailbag: Why would God allow scientific errors in the Bible?
A BioLogos reader writes to say that he is disturbed by the idea that Genesis portrays a solid dome in the sky.
C.S. Lewis on Science, Evolution, and Evolutionism
Lewis's writings encourage us to face the findings of science with courage and, just as importantly, recognize when a materialistic worldview is masquerading as science.
Questioning the Answers: My Story of Doubt and Discovery
Cassie Hale shares her story of wrestling with questions related to her faith and evolution.
How Evolution Helped Me Love Christ and His Creation
I am delighted by the idea that God created the world through natural processes—as if allowing nature to participate in its own unfolding, which is harmonious with how we see him work elsewhere.
Tales of a Recovering Answer Addict: From Young-Earth Apologist to Evolutionary Creationist
The more Mario Russo studied and learned, the less he needed “answers” to every possible question.