CRI Resource: Melissa Cain Travis Children’s Resources

Melissa Cain Travis is an Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and serves on the Contributing Writers team at the Christian Research Journal. She earned a Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Campbell University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in humanities, her research focusing on the history and philosophy of science and the historical interaction of science and theology.


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How Do We Know God Created Life?
Thomas has been looking forward to this field trip for weeks! His mom is guiding a group tour of the new insect exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science. Thomas and his friend Sophie are awestruck by the displays, but they have questions when one exhibit claims that butterflies evolved the special ability to transform from caterpillars. Together, Sophie and Thomas begin to examine the evidence to learn how the butterfly’s life cycle proves that God created life in all its beauty and complexity. Read this aloud with your family, and you’ll come away knowing that “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).

How Do We Know God Is Really There?
Thomas and his father escape to their backyard tree house most evenings to watch the night sky through a telescope. Thomas is dazzled by what he sees of God’s creation, but he has questions. ‘Dad, how do we know God is out there?’ he asks one night. ‘I know the Bible says He’s there. But how do we really know that’s true?’ Together, Thomas and his father begin to examine the cosmological evidence for God’s existence. Read this aloud with your family, and you’ll come away knowing that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands’ (Psalm 19:1).

How Do We Know Right From Wrong?
Thomas has made a poor choice. He knows he sinned, and he can’t sleep for the guilt he’s feeling. So he sits down with Grandpa for a late-night heart-to-heart talk, and together they tackle some tough questions: Who decides what is right and what is wrong? How do we know the difference? And when faced with a choice between the two, how can we always choose to do what is right?

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