Tuesday, June 12, 2007

TNRTB

Want ideas for discussions about science-related current events? Well, look no further...

Just in case you haven't had a chance to explore it yet, I want to draw your attention to one of the most powerful science apologetics resources on the net. It is the Today's New Reason To Believe and sponored by Reasons To Believe. (See the right sidebar.)

Originally, the idea behind it was to demonstrate that there is at least one new scientific discovery a day that provides evidence for the historical accuracy of the Bible. As of May 1 the TNRTB "evolved" into a blog. Personally, I think the adoption of this new format has greatly strengthed the resource.

The TNRTB is not simply a news story. Nor is it strictly an editorial. Rather, it comments on primary research from a biblically conservative perspective. I am not aware of any other resource like this available.

In an attempt to get you "hooked", I wanted to draw your attention to one recent entry in particular that I think some of you may enjoy. If you have ever wondered how to make sense of cavemen (aka "hominids"), this short discussion provides a really good entry point: "Chimpanzee Behavior Supports RTB’s Model for Humanity’s Origin," by Fazale Rana

So, how might a teacher go about using the TNRTB in an educational environment? Well, here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

- Print out a selection to read with your students (probably grades 9 and up). Archives are available if you are looking for an entry on a particular topic.
- Entries prior to May 1, 2007

- Entries after May 1, 2007

Consider reading the selection aloud. This may encourage students to ask questions and spark discussion along the way.

- Ask students to give their comments on the selection. What did they think about this topic prior to reading this selection (e.g. big bang cosmology, hominids, life on other planets, etc.)? Was it positive or negative?

- Encourage students to ask questions about the selection. What confused them? What would they like to know more about?

- Ask students to discuss the worldview implications of the selection. (e.g. What if it was easy for life to arise through natural process evolution? What would that mean for the need for a Creator? What if we found life on other planets?)

- Have students do further research on some aspect of the selection and then write a short essay summarizing their findings. Encourage them to discuss the theological/worldview implications of the scientific issue under discussion.

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