I Doubt It Atheism, Doubt, Science, and Faith About This Night Every few months it seems that a new scientific theory is released that claims to have disproven God. This night dispels the myths that many people (and many teens) have about the relationship between science and faith, and addresses the issues of atheism and doubt. It begins with a challenge between the classes using the “scientific method.” The Proclaim presents the relationship of faith and science as one of complimentary rather than opposing nature, with faith still being above and beyond scientific reasoning. The Break gives teens an opportunity to process the teaching and share their own experiences of faith and of others who may not believe in God. The Send is a reflection on the first three commandments and a challenge for teens to live as children of God both inside and outside of church. Goal of This Night The goal of this Life Night is to demonstrate to the teens that science and faith are compatible, not contradictory. This night also seeks to help the teens understand doubt and how to work through it. Finally this Life Night will challenge teens to turn away from their false gods and honor Jesus Christ with their lives. Pastoral Note For this Life Night it will be especially important for the Core Team to have prayed through the small group questions and references ahead of time. There may be a few teens that struggle with their belief in God or do not believe in God at all at the night. It is important that these teens are treated with kindness and understanding, but that they do not dominate the conversations or use the night as a time to be disruptive. Spend some time before the night preparing the Core Team for these small groups and how to respond to questions from teens about God’s existence. Goal of This Night The goal of this Life Night is to demonstrate to the teens that science and faith are compatible, not contradictory. This night also seeks to help the teens understand doubt and how to work through it. Finally this Life Night will challenge teens to turn away from their false gods and honor Jesus Christ with their lives. Catechism # 39 # 156 - 159 # 2087 - 2089 # 2123 - 2128 # 2292 - 2294 YouCat # 4 - 6 # 23 # 41 - 46 # 353 - 357 Scripture Exodus 20:1 -3 Psalms 14:1 Proverbs 3:5 -7 Matthew 14:25 -31 Mark 9:17 -29 Hebrews 11:1 Key Concepts – Faith seeks understanding. As we grow in our faith we must also seek to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and His revelation. – Faith is above reason, but there can never be a discrepancy between faith and reason, because God gave reason to humanity in order to reveal His nature. When used morally, science and faith are not incompatible but complimentary. – Atheism is a sin against the first commandment because it refuses dependence of God and instead places humanity above Him. Key Terms Reason Doubt Atheist End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Life Night! If you would like the full verison of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.