It is no secret that Christianity is losing its
influence in our culture and young adults are leaving the church at alarming
rates. In order to effectively engage our increasingly secularized
world, training in apologetics is not optional, science cannot be ignored.
Mentors and educators ought to teach discernment about philosophical agendas of
our culture, invite and encourage questions and skepticism, and show that
Christianity stands up to scrutiny.
This course will equip students to defend their
faith in a secular environment with sound reasoning and to engage in thoughtful
dialogue concerning contemporary scientific discoveries.
It will also strengthen their faith by
introducing them to the fine-tuning of the constants of physics, which is
widely regarded as the most persuasive current argument for the existence of a
Grand Designer for the universe.
Can science and Christian faith be reconciled? What
does the Big Bang Theory say? How do we effectively defend our faith in the
light of scientific evidence? How do we relate astronomical discoveries of our
century to the Christian worldview and Scriptures? What are the limits of
science? Where does science end and faith begin? These are some of the
questions we plan to address.
Book: The course is based on a unique
book: The Crossroads of Science and Faith: An Introduction to the
Science & Faith Dialogue, written by Christian professional astronomers
who are familiar with the challenges students face during college
years. It includes inspiring interviews with many Christian
professional astronomers. www.glimpseofhissplendor.com/introduction-to-the-science-faith-dialogue (The course registration includes a
copy of the ebook).
Target audience: high school (senior and junior) or college
students and young adults.