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.
Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church
A five-year project headed by the Barna Group explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a rapidly shifting culture.
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.
How I Changed My Mind About Evolution
From BioLogos and InterVarsity Press, here are the stories of 25 people who have come to embrace evolution and faith, including Francis Collins, Scot McKnight, John Ortberg, James K.A. Smith, Jennifer Wiseman, and N.T. Wright.
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.
The Author of Life
This seven part video series encourages students to think about the relationship between their faith in the God of the Bible and the process of evolution.
Jesus, Beginnings, and Science: A Guide for Group Conversation
A catalyst for gracious, productive conversation about faith and science between people of all beliefs.
Test of Faith Online Curriculum
A 3-8 week session, high school curriculum for use with the Test of Faith DVD.
A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith Video Curriculum
Free 4 session video curriculum by Science for Youth Ministry aimed at bolstering the science and faith in high school students.
GC Science Website
A network of scientists at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. They are dedicated to helping people integrate science and the Christian Faith and seek to do so through their website, church courses, and monthly book club discussions.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
This book, by respected pastor Dr. Tim Keller, helps believers think through the challenges of defending Christian faith to those who may be skeptical.
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.
Belief in God in a World Explained by Science
Too many people—both Christians and atheists—seem to think that the completeness of scientific theories removes any role for God.
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.
Understanding Ancient Texts with N.T. Wright
In this video, N.T. Wright emphasizes the importance of understanding the context of biblical texts in order to know whether to read them as literal or metaphorical narratives.
Were Adam and Eve historical figures?
At BioLogos, we are passionately committed to taking the Bible seriously and to seeking a scientific understanding of God’s creation. How do the Bible and science inform our understanding of Adam and Eve?
Genesis is an Ancient Book, and that’s OK
We Evangelicals place ourselves under the authority of the Bible's content, but often subject the Bible to our own preferences for the form that we expect that revelation to take.
How should we interpret the Genesis flood account?
The Flood story proclaims God’s grace and love for his people.
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.
How Evolution Works, Part 1
We often hear critics of evolution saying things like, “A dog could have never evolved from a cat” or “If humans evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys around?” These kinds of statements reveal a misunderstanding of what scientists mean by evolution.
Is Evolution a Purposeless Mechanism?
Many Christians view evolution as a wasteful, random, inefficient process, which seems at odds with the work of a sovereign God. But is this characterization appropriate?
10 Misconceptions about Evolution
One of the difficulties people have with coming to accept the science of evolution is that they have absorbed incorrect or only partially correct information.
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.
Why should Christians consider evolutionary creation?
Considering evolutionary creation has important benefits for Christians both in our relationship with God and in our relationships with other people, believers and non-believers.
April Maskiewicz on the “E” Word
Let’s challenge the cultural paradigm that evolution and faith are not compatible.
Loving God With All My Doubts
What I learned during my journey was that doubt isn’t actually the enemy of faith. Fear is the enemy.
Dispatches From the Forum: Faith in Crisis
Nathan reached out to the BioLogos Forum community for support in the midst of a profound period of darkness and doubt.
Breaking God Out of the Box: My Story
JD Croft shares how he came to terms with evolution and discusses the importance of spiritual openness and humility in navigating science and faith issues.
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.