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Science and Theology Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry and Science Class

A year ago, an 8th grade girl came to me after youth group and told me that she doesn’t think that she can be a Christian anymore. I asked, “Why?” and she responded that a Christian class-mate told her that she could not believe in evolution and dinosaurs and be a Christian at the same time. “Evolution, dinosaurs, and rocks that are millions of years old make sense to me, so I don’t think I can be a Christian anymore.”

Lee Jost, a pastor, recounts a similar story on the Immerse Journal blog. In his case, the teenager was ready to throw away the science book. How did this rift between science and theology happen? I like what Jost says:

Perhaps it is because, as theologians, we are afraid to admit that we too have made some assumptions that exclude science. We have assumed that theories of evolution are there to strike the foundations of our faith. We have made assumptions that Genesis is a scientific account of origins, to be taken literally. Some Christian theologians have little time to read the language of new science and discern where there is common ground between the scientist and the theologian.. (read the rest here)

I like that he mentions the foundations of our faith. What is that? Isn’t the one foundation of our faith God in Christ crucified for us? I think so. In that case, how is Christ Crucified threatened by theories of earth’s origins? How does evolution take Jesus off the cross? It doesn’t.

I told that 8th grade girl that Christ is the center or faith, that he has saved us, and that what makes us a Christian is his grace, and we respond by believing and following him. That is unshakable. We do not need to be afraid of dialoging with science, learning from science, or even (gasp) adopting scientific findings. The more we breakdown the unnecessary wall between science and theology, the more we free up our teenagers to fully embrace God’s revelation in Scripture and in Creation.

Peace to your soul!†