Of course, Hawking's final thesis was that no, God does not exist. Though I think the guy is INSANELY brilliant, I could go on and on about why I think his logic on this is flawed (check out my Facebook statuses from earlier today!). But more importantly than that, I was reminded how important it is for us in YM to help our students navigate through some of the conflicting ideas that are out there regarding the existence of God and our ability to know Him.
I know it can be intimidating for the average youth minister to teach or lead discussions on this topic. But take heart! There are lots of great resources out there for you. One of my new favorites that I led a group of middle school, high school, and college students through early this year is called True U: Does God Exist.
This is a fantastic video-based study that our students absolutely loved! WARNING - some of the information can go a little over a middle schooler's (or a youth pastor's!) head, but I told my students to not worry about the information as much as the ideas. Go for the big picture stuff, so to speak. Check out the trailer below for True U and click right here to check out the website.
This is really important stuff - ask your students what conflicting worldviews they face when it comes to the existence of God, and then help them strengthen their faith by talking about and teaching on those issues!