Youth Resources

Children's Books

Beyond Ecophobia

David Sobel
The Orion Society
1996
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Secular resource but explains why it is so important that children spend time outside learning more about the world around.

Dinosaurs: Exploring the Scientific Mysteries of God’s Creation

Michael Carroll & Caroline Carroll
Cook Communications
2000
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Dinosaurs in Christian, old earth context… out of print – still available on Amazon.

God Created the Sea Life of the World

Earl Snellenberger & Bonita Snellenberger
Eabon Design and Master Books
1989
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Coloring book with bible verses and information about God’s amazing creation. Several other titles in this series.

Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

Justin Barrett
Free Press
2012
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“A fascinating and readable account of why religious beliefs are perfectly normal and virtually universal. In an age of atheism, this book will challenge widespread assumptions that nonbelief is the default and that children must be indoctrinated to believe. Jam-packed with insight and wit, Born Believers should be required reading for all parents and for anyone else interested in the spiritual lives of children.? –Robert A. Emmons, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis and Past-President, American Psychological Association?s Division of the Psychology of Religion

Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time

Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin
2011
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“Steve Jenkins has done it again! In his recent book Just a Second, Jenkins combines the abstract concept of time with interesting scientific facts to make time tangible for kids. Moving from seconds to hours, weeks, years, and longer, Jenkins explores time through animal appetites, migration, and lifespans. The torn- and cut-paper illustrations paired with engaging text draw the reader in. The book briefly addresses the history of the universe from an evolutionary point of view, but rather than ignoring a worthwhile book, this may be an opportunity to address personal beliefs regarding creation and reading critically. Check it out?you will be glad you did! Ages 4 and up.” (Review written by Gwen Marra in The Banner, June 2012.)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Joyce Sidman
Houghton Mifflin

2011

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” A spiral is an elegant form, whether it turns up in a staircase, a seashell, or in your own DNA. Joyce Sidman takes readers on a hunt for spirals in the natural state in her latest picture book, and children (adults too) will be amazed to see how many she turns up. Caldecott winner Beth Krommes provides illustrations that are as elegant as the spiral itself. The simple words of the text, combined with the more in-depth notes at the end, offer an opportunity to marvel at the detailed design apparent in God?s glorious creation. Ages 4 and up.” (review by Kristy Quist in the Banner May 2012)

Children's Curriculum

Sharing Nature With Children

Joseph Bharat Cornell
Ananda Publications
1979
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Secular resource but extremely useful in simple ways to get children excited about and exploring the wonders of creation.

Children's website

Last Child in the Woods : Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder

Richard Louv
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
2005
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Important book about why it is important for children to play outside and learn more about the natural world, the book has created a movement amongst educators, parents, churches, doctors etc to get children reconnect to nature.

If I were a butterfly

Brian M. Howard
Mission Hills Music
1974
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Great children’s song about thanking God for how special he made animals and humans.

Youth Articles & Websites

Evangelical Environmental Network

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An organization and website offering a host of materials on the environment for Christians: the online version of Creation Care magazine, facts sheets on environmental issues, worship materials, and booklists. Also education materials for adult ed, youth, children, and families.

Answers in Creation

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Organization of Christians promoting Old Earth Concordist views, including rebuttals of Young Earth arguments. Website offers powerpoint lessons on an old earth, and descriptions of books on old-earth creation for children of various ages.

Beyond War and Peace: Reappraisal of the Encounter between Christianity and Science

David Lindberg & Ronald L. Numbers

1987

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Season of Creation

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A website offering many resources for churches to celebrate God’s creation, including: a bank of nature images in several categories, liturgies around several themes, adult ed curricula, and children’s sermons.

Can a Christian Really Be a Psychologist?

Sergio da Silva

January 18, 2011
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Short, accessible article on psychology as a Christian vocation.

Science & Technology Ministry Opportunities

American Scientific Affiliation

Links to several organizations where Christian engineers, medical professionals, and scientists can serve overseas.

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The website has not been updated since 2012 but there are good suggestions on it.

 

The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

Karl Giberson
Biologos

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A short article illustrating how scientists see God in nature.

Mister Noah’s Neighborhood

Philip Yancey

18-Jun-11
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In this blog post, best-selling Christian author Philip Yancey discusses lessons learned from the wildlife seen out his office window in Colorado.

EarthSky.org

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Want to read about the largest molecule ever found in space? What’s up with the decline of the honeybee population? What was the science behind plugging up the oil spill? EarthSky.org offers videos, audio, articles, and analysis of innovative science and discoveries. A favorite for kids is the “Science FAQ” section, which offers explanations and online comments between the science authors and their audience. A “Featured Scientist” page and an interview section introduce those who work to learn more aboutGod’s creation. (Review by Ron VandenBurg in The Banner.)

Interactive timeline for natural history

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On this interactive website, you can slide a bar to move through time, from the formation of the first stars to the first cells to the dinosaurs and today.

Interactive Scale of the Universe

Cary Huang

Zoom in and out to explore objects of all sizes, from the interiors of cells to entire galaxies.

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Youth Books

Green Revolution: Coming Together to Care for Creation

Ben Lowe
InterVarsity
2009
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Ben Lowe presents an informative and inspirational case for Christian involvement in climate change and creation care issues. Sharing real-life stories from churches, communities, and particularly Christian college campuses, along with plentiful research case studies, the author shows how we can make a big difference when we all work together. Lowe issues an impassioned call for an ?incarnational earthcare.? Particularly relevant to youth groups and college students wanting to go green.

Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary

John C. Collins
P&R Publishing
2005
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Science and Religion, A Historical Introduction

Gary Ferngren (Editor)
Johns Hopkins University Press
2002
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Looks at a number of different scientific disciplines (cosmology, geology, biology, etc). It addresses specific events (e.g., Galileo and the Catholic church) as well as how various scientific ideas developed (e.g. theory of evolution, antiquity of the Earth and cosmos). Says conflict is exception rather than rule.

“Science” and “Religion”: Constructing the Boundaries

Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison is a respected Oxford scholar of the history of science and religion. This scholarly article is a thoughtful introduction to the issues.

2006

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The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science

Peter Harrison
Cambridge University Press
2001
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Text used in senior discussion course for Calvin College science majors.

John Calvin and the Natural World

Davis Young
University Press of America
2007
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A review of all of John Calvin’s statements related to the natural world.

Worldviews: an Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science, 2nd edition

Richard DeWitt
Blackwell
2010
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Top 25 books they recommend for Chinese University libraries.

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship

John Polkinghorne
Yale University Press
2008
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Whatever Happened to the Soul?: Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature

Warren Brown (Editor) & Nancy Murphy (Editor) & H. Newton Malony (Editor)
Fortress Press
1998
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Top 25 books they recommend in Chinese University libraries.

A Scientific Theology: Volume 1: Nature. Volume 2: Reality. Volume 3: Theory

Alister McGrath

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McGrath has written a multi-volume systematic theology oriented to questions and issues that tie in with the reality of science and its influence in the modern world. (For an accessible introduction, see his shorter book entitled “The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology.”)

Science and the Trinity

John Polkinghorne
Yale University Press
2006
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Theology in the Context of Science

John Polkinghorne
Yale University Press
2010
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Faith, Reason and the Natural Sciences: The Challenge of the Natural Sciences in the Work of Theologians

Giuseppe A. Tanzella-Nitti
Davies Group Aurora
2009
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From author: “The rationale of the book is to help theologians to use the natural sciences in their work as a positive factor of understanding. ? An attempt to go beyond Non-overlapping Magisteria, showing why the sciences constitute a fruitful challenge for theologians’ work, and the insights of Judaeo-Christian Revelation a source of understanding for scientists’ ultimate questions.”

Being a Christian in Science

Walter Hearn
InterVarsity Press
1997
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Advice for Christian college students as they consider and begin careers in science.

Test of Faith: Spiritual Journeys of Scientists

Ruth Bancewicz (Editor)
Wipf & Stock Publishers
2010
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Testimonies and biographies of scientist Christians.

Scientists of Faith: 48 Biographies of Historic Scientists and Their Christian Faith

Daniel M. Graves
Kregel Publications
1996
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The Heavens: Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God

Kevin Hartnett
Thomas Nelson
2011
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Over 100 devotions with stunning full-color astronomical photos, scripture, poetry, and accessible scientific explanations.

Youth Curriculum

Walk With Me Year 3, Unit 5: Discover Creation and Science

Jane Vogel
FaithAlive Christian Resources
2006
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Introduces middle-schoolers to origins issues, how the Bible and science answer different questions, without taking strong sides.

Fossils and Faith: Finding Our Way Through the Creation Controversy

Thea Leunk
FaithAlive Christian Resources and Christian Schools International
2005
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For high-schoolers, covers hermenuetics (how people in Biblical times thought about the universe), a menu of Christian positions on age and evolution, and the importance of creation care.

Wonders In Our World: Insights From God’s Two Books

Cheryl Touryan & Kenell Touryan & Lara Touryan-Whelan
Black Lake Press
2011
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About 25 short lessons, each with a strong emphasis on both the Bible and science, organized around three themes: Who is God?, Who am I?, and How can I follow Jesus?. The science is substantial and written at a high school level, but many of the activities and ideas could be adapted by a teacher to lower grades.

Science and Christianity: An Introductory Course for Homeschoolers

 

2012
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A 3-week home school curriculum based on the DVD “Test of Faith,” covering the relationship between science and faith, the universe and the Big Bang, creation and evolution, the environment, and the brain and free will.