By Shawn Hendricks
After growing up in a Christian home and spending most Sundays in the safe confines of a church pew, Jeremy Howard felt prepared to defend his faith when he went off to college.
Instead, he discovered that the scientific data and information that his non-Christian professors presented to the class made more sense than he had anticipated. They also didn’t seem to be fronting some vast hate-filled, anti-religion agenda. They simply presented scientific data to the class week after week, and some of it conflicted with common Christian views about science and Earth history.
It didn’t take long before Howard began to question his Christian faith. According to a 2007 LifeWay Research study (see LifeWay Research uncovers reasons 18 to 22-year-olds drop out of church), more than two-thirds of students who attend a Protestant church for at least a year in high school will stop attending church for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22. A lack of preparedness, Howard contends, is a big part of the problem.
“Too many young Christians are going off to college unprepared to deal with college professors and peers who do not believe in biblical truth,” said Howard, managing acquisitions editor of Bibles, reference books and commentaries at B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources.
“Since college I’ve come to see that science, when done carefully and kept within its proper bounds, can testify to the wisdom and ingenuity of God,” he said. “It can also keep us from interpreting the Bible incorrectly. Consider, for instance, the question of whether the sun revolves around the earth.”
Howard’s college experience fueled his desire to provide practical tools that equip today’s young adults to defend their faith. Howard is the publisher of a new study Bible called, “The Apologetics Study Bible for Students,” released this spring by B&H Publishing Group.
The Bible features study notes and more than 100 articles dealing with tough biblical questions such as: Are there contradictions in the Bible? What does it mean to have faith in God? Why pray if God supplies what we need? How do we know God is real?
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