“I don’t believe in religion, I believe in science.” I’ve heard people say such things. There are a number of people that seem to think religion and science are mutually exclusive -- like being a fan of the Cubs or the White Sox. The more aggressive atheist apologists have recently been presenting this as a binary proposition, and YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE!
I asked Josh how he could believe in science and Christianity. He said, “I love Jesus. I like to blow stuff up.” He said that those in the science community who suggest that science has anything to say about the validity of religion are taking science out of its rightful province into philosophy.
Josh’s current work takes him to schools and churches. I asked how he deals with the current controversies between science and religion. He said most of those the controversies today have to do with origins. He said that since he’s a chemist and not biologist, he’s able to stay away from those issues. He said his concern is sharing the Gospel.
At Josh’s website, one can find a variety of resources and programs, including such things as family devotions and help for training Sunday School teachers. Josh offers a VBS program that promises “no lame craft projects,” instead offering “real science” including rockets, catapults, and chemical reactions.
Another offering of Josh’s is "The Amazing Chemistry Show.” We were able to watch the show at a meeting for Christian camp workers at Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles, Iowa. The show had what the website promised: colored foam, liquid nitrogen, glow in the dark solutions, and especially explosions (and more). Throughout the program, Josh used the experiments as illustrations of Christian truths.
This makes perfect sense when Josh performs his show at churches. As he said, “It’s a sermon masquerading as a science show.” One of the first places he presented what was to become “The Amazing Science Show” was the Great Pumpkin Party at Valley Church.
So I asked how it worked when a church provides a show for their local school. He said if a church sponsors an Amazing Chemistry Show or the even bigger “Day of Science” at a local school, Josh meets with the school administration and faculty to assure them that he will be presenting good science. His credentials, such as his BA in Chemistry Education and Masters in Effective Instruction, along with his National Board Certification in Young Adult and Adolescent Science, help with that assurance.
When a church gifts a school with this program, they also often provide a breakfast and lunch at the school as part of the program. The school chemistry program is all about science, but generally, Josh also does a program at the local church that presents the Gospel. Sometimes the school allows the church program to be publicized at the school and sometimes not. But Josh provides materials so the church can publicize the program in other ways.