3 Suggestions for Supplementing a Student’s Education

Bethany Jenkins | November 19, 2014

I studied chemistry for three years in high school and, for the most part, focused on inorganic compounds—that is, compounds not involving carbon. Although I enjoyed the subject, I never found it all that relevant to my everyday life—apart from, say, sodium chloride (table salt).

One semester, though, I took organic chemistry. Although I hated it (because I was terrible at it), I discovered something fascinating: organic chemistry was everywhere in my everyday life—in my shampoo, perfume, gasoline, lotion, candles, and more. It was even in the plastic sheet protectors I used for school. (Yes, I was a nerd.)

Naming Raw Materials

Today, as I look back on those years of exploring the material world through the lens of chemistry, I'm saddened that no one showed me how the God of the Bible is also the God of chemistry. No one drew the connection, for example, between Genesis 2 and the Periodic Table.

In Genesis 2, God gives authority to man to name the animals, and the text describes the Lord as waiting to see what Adam would call them:

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the…

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