Q: “We just started the school year, and the first chapter deals with how the universe began ‘billions of years ago’ with the ‘big bang.’ The authors teach it like it is a fact and they saw it happen! What do I do?”

Remember, you are not trying to attack evolution or get creation into schools. You just don’t want anyone to use lies as evidence or pass off fairy tales as science. Here are some questions to ask the teacher. It may be OK to ask these in class if you can ask them without sounding cocky.

“Teacher, this textbook doesn’t explain where the matter for the big bang came from. What banged? Isn’t it a giant assumption to say the matter was just there? Are there any good scientific explanations for the origin of matters?”

Just listen and write down his answer. Follow up with more questions on the topic if you can naturally—without seeming to be driving the point home; but eventually it will probably be evident that the origin of matter for the big bang is believed, not known scientifically. The other students (and probably the teacher) will start to see that the big bang is more religion than science.

Next, ask where the energy came from to compress it and explode it. There is a lot of energy in the universe! Where did it come from?

Listen and record the answers. Also ask if there are any resources that he knows about where you could look for answers to your questions. Do that periodically through the year, so he will know you are really interested in the subject, not just looking for a fight.

Third, ask where the laws like gravity, inertia, and centrifugal force came from.

You will be able to see that people only believe all this stuff: it is really not science. Be very careful with your tone of voice. Ask sincerely and humbly. Use good judgment and ask God to guide you whether this should be done in class, or privately after class. OK?