Resources on Science and Faith to Help Your Congregation
Many people, especially young people, think science contradicts their faith. This view can have a devastating impact on their belief in God. In reality, the genuine discoveries of science have been friendly to faith, not hostile to it. Here are some resources to help you communicate to members of your congregation:
Science & Faith: Are they Really in Conflict? Simulcast
Scheduled for Sept. 21, 2014, this two-hour worldwide simulcast event will provide an easy way for churches and Christian schools to reach both adults and young people with the message that science and faith are friends, not foes. The event will feature renowned Oxford University Professor John Lennox and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Meyer, author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt and teacher of Focus on the Family’s TrueU: Does God Exist? DVD series. The simulcast will be emceed by bestselling author Eric Metaxas. Learn how your church can register to host this event.
Want to dig deeper into science and faith issues? Plan to attend the annual Westminster Conference on Science and Faith in the Philadelphia area. Each year, this national gathering brings together leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and other speakers to examine questions relating to the relationship between science and faith. The next conference will be on April 11-12, 2014.
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For those who have questions about evolution and its relationship to faith, this educational website provides free access to hundreds of articles, debates, questions and answers, and even downloadable curricula.
Produced by Focus on the Family, this 10-part DVD series features bestselling author Dr. Stephen Meyer and explores how scientific discoveries over the past century have made belief in God more defensible, not less. This is a tremendous resource for high school students, college students, and adults. To maximize your use of the series, there is a free downloadable leader’s guide containing lesson plans, discussion questions, handouts, and other resources. Especially suitable for: teens, students, parents, other adults.
This dramatic 45-minute documentary for teens and parents features compelling interviews with many Christian young people about their experiences in college, and it includes insights from leading experts on issues relating to science and faith. Available for free from Discovery Institute to qualified churches and schools (while supplies last) or as a bonus feature on the TrueU: Does God Exist? DVD, this documentary can be used in a variety of ways, including as part of an annual “College Prep Night” for high school teens and their parents. A free downloadable leader’s guide is available for use by churches and Christian schools with this resource. Especially suitable for: teens, students, parents, other adults.
This new supplementary science curriculum (textbook, workbook, and DVD) presents the best evidence from physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology and related fields that provide evidence that nature is the product of intelligent design rather than blind unguided processes. Especially suitable for: homeschool educators and private schools.
Use this free article by Stephen Meyer and accompanying discussion questions to explore the history, logic, and evidence for intelligent design as a scientific theory. Especially suitable for: small group discussions, or as one session of an adult Sunday School class on science and faith or intelligent design.
“The Roots of Intelligent Design.”
Use this free collection of readings, audio clips, and discussion questions to explore the intellectual roots of intelligent design in Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and modern thought. Especially suitable for: small group discussions, or an adult education mini-course of 2 or 3 sessions.
“God and Darwin: Are They Compatible?”
Can you believe in God and Darwinian evolution at the same time? Use these free discussion questions to help you explore this question by examining what leading proponents of evolution say. Especially suitable for: Small group discussions, or as part of a larger adult Sunday School class on science and faith or evolution.
DVDs and Multimedia
Case for a Creator
Use this DVD, participant’s guide, and book by award-winning journalist Lee Strobel to explore the evidence from astronomy, physics, biochemistry, origin of life studies, and other fields that point toward a Creator. Especially suitable for: adult Sunday School classes; small group discussions; private study; adult enrichment seminars.
Science, Human Origins, & Human Dignity.
Does modern biology support or undercut human uniqueness? Are the discoveries of brain research compatible with personal responsibility? What does it really mean to be “created in the image of God?” And what are the social and ethical implications of our view of the human person? Explore these questions and more through this DVD set featuring more than 10 hours of presentations from the 2012 Westminster Conference on Science & Faith. Especially suitable for: pastors and lay leaders; adult education.
What Hath Darwin Wrought?
Use this 80-minute DVD along with a free discussion and study guide to explore the cultural impact of “social Darwinism” on Nazi Germany, the American eugenics movement, and current debates over the sanctity and dignity of human life. Especially suitable for: small groups, adult education/adult Sunday School classes,adult enrichment seminars, high school classes (home school and private school).
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed Starring Ben Stein
Use this thought-provoking documentary film hosted by actor/writer Ben Stein along with a free leader’s guide to educate people about the growing debate over intelligent design and the impact of Darwin’s theory on culture. Especially suitable for: adult enrichment seminars, a “movie” night at church, and small group discussions.
Edited by Jay Richards, this award-winning book includes essays by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish writers exploring the tensions between Darwinian theory and faith. Named co-book of the year by World magazine. A free discussion guide and video clips are available for those who want to use the book in adult education classes.
Beloved for his Narnian tales and his books of Christian apologetics, C.S. Lewis also was a prophetic critic of the the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this anthology, contemporary writers probe Lewis’s warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Watch the video series inspired by the book for free.
Written by three scientists, Science and Human Origins challenges the claim that undirected natural selection is capable of building a human being. The authors critically assess fossil and genetic evidence that human beings share a common ancestor with apes, and debunk recent claims that the human race could not have started from an original couple.
In this brilliant, incisive, and funny book, David Berlinski explores the limits of science and the pretensions of prominent atheists who insist it can be—indeed must be—the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world and ourselves. A free discussion guide is available for those who want to use this book for small group discussions.
These two books by philosopher of science Stephen Meyer present cutting-edge evidence from biology that point to the reality of intelligent design in nature. They are great books for personal study as well to give to friends who think nature is the product of blind and unguided causes.