I’m Patricia Engler, a homeschooler-turned-B.Sc.-grad with a three-fold passion for Christian apologetics, outdoor adventure, and Dutch licorice. When I’m not writing about worldview topics, contemplating global missions, or trying to build camping gear out of dental floss, you can probably find me outside tuning a ukulele. And eating licorice.
As far as ministry is concerned, a huge focus of mine is equipping Christian students to navigate secular college without compromising their biblical perspective. While many great apologetics resources already exist to address specific worldview questions, for years I’ve wanted to help Christian students think critically about ANY material that challenges their faith.
But before I could do that, I had to become one of those students.
That’s why I enrolled in some of the most evolutionary-intensive courses available while completing my science degree. I didn’t used to care much about evolution, until learning about the consequences of worldviews claiming that humans have no Creator. True, evolution often just refers to genetic variation arising within kinds of living things over time, thanks to processes like mutation and selection that cause genetic information losses. But evolution can also mean a go-to framework for decoupling humanity from God. And while Christians have different interpretations of how God created humanity, it’s still a central tenet of Christianity that humans are made in His image. However, it’s a central tenet of secular humanism that humans arose naturalistically. This is the view taught exclusively to millions of students worldwide.
As one of these students myself, I learned firsthand the importance of maintaining a close walk with God, and of building personal spiritual, intellectual, and interpersonal foundations both before and during higher education. I also began to understand the need for accessible tools which allow students to walk through any faith-challenging material without panicking, to deal with each component, and to handle any remaining questions, without draining hours of valuable study time. Having tested these tools myself, I know how useful they are. Now, I can’t wait to share them.
That’s why I’m currently traveling to some of the many places where counter-biblical worldviews rule the education system: to learn more about these worldviews and their effects, to encourage Christian students with tools to keep their faith uncompromised, and to raise awareness about the prevalence and impacts of secular education worldwide.
Best of all, I believe those same practical steps and tools which can help Christian students think critically in humanist education can also help any Christian think critically in broader humanist society. As culture accelerates away from a Christian worldview, equipping disciples worldwide to respectfully navigate ‘post-Christian’ societies is growing more important than ever. This process will involve not only individual disciples themselves, but also their wider churches, families and communities.
It won’t be easy, but we’ve got to start somewhere.
Somewhere like here.
I hope you’ll join me!