Entitled, A Cosmic Adventure Through Science & Faith, this series is hosted by Dr.Paul Wallace, who just so happens to hold both a PhD in Astrophysics AND a Masters in Divinity. Talk about the perfect qualifications!
In this series, Paul leads participants through his own process of wrestling with the tension between the two areas, opening the door for honest questioning and the suggestion that the two just might be able to work together to make each more meaningful.
WHY SHOULD I EVEN CONSIDER THE DISCUSSION?
We’re glad you asked. Often times, the topic of the relationship of faith and science is met with two responses:
- “My congregation/denomination doesn’t see any conflict between them, so we don’t really address it.”
- “Our senior pastor and elders think it will upset people and they don’t want to go near the topic.”
Both of those responses leave the topic essentially unaddressed, and cede the conversation to just about anyone else. For those in youth ministry, it leaves young people in a nowhere land, caught between aggressive fundamentalist approaches that defame legitimate scientific work, or moderate and progressive communities that are so fed up with the former approach that they state that there is no conflict but don’t engage young people to enter the conversation.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENGAGE AND EQUIP YOUNG PEOPLE (AND MYSELF)?
Download A Cosmic Adventure Through Science & Faith. As it was being put together, the authors conducted several years of research that tracked attitudes of church leaders and members toward the intersection of faith and science. They found a significant gap between how people perceived the relationship between the topics, and what individuals themselves believed. For instance:
- Nearly 60% stated that they believed that science and faith were often in conflict, while nearly 70% stated that they personally saw no conflict. Why the disparity? Well, a few reasons:
- People don’t want to talk about it.
- They default to the stereotypical narrative that the two areas must be in conflict, even if individuals don’t personally believe that.
- Polarizing media on both sides dominates the conversation and cultural perception.
The curriculum is interactive, engaging and accessible, allowing leaders and young people to be full participants in the process. It facilitates discovery rather than codifying answers.
GIVE IT A TRY TODAY
Thanks to the Templeton Foundation, the curriculum is offered at no cost.
Here’s what’s included:
Episode 1: A Tale of Two Books
Episode 2: Hurtling Through Space
Episode 3: Lobsters and Poetry
Episode 4: Atoms, Arranged to Love
- 4 downloadable videos
- A printable student guide for each episode
- A leader’s guide to getting the most out of the curriculum
Since this curriculum was developed by Luther Seminary with a grant from John Templeton Foundation, when you download this curriculum you are acknowledging that we may share your contact information with Luther Seminary and the John Templeton Foundations for the purposes of reporting and follow-up.