Faith Vs. Science

According to David Kinnaman in You Lost Me , 52 percent of youth group teens aspire to science-related careers but only one percent of youth workers have addressed issues of science in the past year.

Knowing this, I was excited when my student leaders suggested we discuss the faith verses science debate. Before this discussion, one of them asked if I’d share how the physicists I knew from my days interning at a national lab believed in God not in spite of science, but because of it.

On the one hand, it was encouraging to know students are not only listening to me, but retaining what I say as well. On the other hand, this student’s question set off several internal alarms for me. Ultimately, I want students not just to know my story, but to know the stories of others in their family of faith. More importantly still, I want them to know the story of Jesus.

The fact that this student leader had already heard my best personal story on the subject suggested that rather than hear it again, what I most needed to do in this discussion was give students the opportunity to hear someone else’s story.

So I asked around and compiled a list of people in our congregation who are scientists. I then contacted the person who’s name bubbled to the top of everyone’s list: An older gentleman, active in our congregation for 42 years, who also has a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT.

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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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