Faith and Science in the 21st Century

A Postmodern Primer for Youth and Adults

Peter M. Wallace

Aug/2018, 112 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640650473



With contributions from eight noted theologians, this book builds on popular videos from the Day 1 radio.

Science or faith? The battle rages, from millennials and GenXers questioning the relevance of religion to older adults who doubt the validity of science (and vice versa), but these two are not mutually exclusive. They can, in fact, be mutually enriching and complimentary, once their proper domains are understood and respected. The Episcopal Church, with its tradition of the “via media,” offers an ideal setting for conversations seeking to bridge the often antagonistic perspectives on both sides. Faith and Science in the 21st Century presents a way to start that conversation.

Built on existing videos produced by the popular Day 1 program with assistance from a John Templeton Foundation grant, this series features notable faith leaders across the denominational spectrum in 3 to 5 minute video presentations on scientific topics in which they are experts. Intended for use in a variety of settings, including congregations, schools, and campus ministries, it can be presented as an eight-session series of studies, but each session can also stand on its own for a one-time formation offering. A single video download will offer all video presentations. This Leader Guide enables facilitators to foster fruitful discussions of each session topic. It includes an introduction about the program and how it can be used, and eight detailed session plans to utilize with a downloadable video sold separately on the Day 1 website.

The Rev. Peter M. Wallace, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Atlanta, serves as the executive producer and host of the Day1 radio/podcast and internet ministry ( and president of the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of ten books, including Getting to Know Jesus (Again): Meditations for Lent. He is the editor of Heart and Soul: The Emotions of Jesus, as well as Faith and Science in the 21st Century: A Postmodern Primer, a youth and adult faith formation resource. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Not all of us are scientists. But we all do live in the universe, and we are hardwired to be curious about it––our curiosity is one of God's greatest gifts to us. Here are ways to harness our innate curiosity to the ancient texts and teachings of the church in an exciting spirit of awe and wonder." ––Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of The AlsoLife

"For anyone wanting to lead a study on faith and science, this eight-session study guide for Faith and Science in the 21st Century is a wonderful resource. The guide provides everything a leader would need to confidently lead a group. The accompanying video clips from the Day1® Faith and Science series are visually stunning and theologically thought provoking." ––Charlaine Apsel, Executive Director for Practical Resources for Churches

"Science and religion are not sparring partners looking for knockouts, but kissing cousins looking to build bridges. Faith and Science helps us span the wondrous gap between what we see and what we believe, sharpening our faith and opening our eyes to new ways of being in the world." ––Chris Yaw, Founder of ChurchNext

"This is an excellent resource for groups to look into the biblical texts to find where God is still in the creation business. The universe expands and God continually speaks God's blessing, 'It is very good.' The ability to use this hybrid resource to explore faith, science, and technology will help those who struggle combining their faith beliefs with their scientific understanding of the world." ––Bill Campbell, Forma Executive Director

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