Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science

Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science

by Andrew Root

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Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science by Andrew Root

Many things threaten the faith of youth today, but none more than science. The commitments of science and Christianity seem to be at odds—science makes truth claims based on experiments and proofs, while religion asks for belief and trust. But Andrew Root demonstrates that, in fact, the two are not incompatible.Root, a renowned expert on adolescent spirituality, shows how science overstates its claims on truth, while faith often understates its own claims. Both faith and science frame the experience and reality of teenagers, and both have something valuable to offer as adolescents develop.Drawing on a fictional account of a youth pastor and the various students he encounters, Root paints a compelling picture of how faith can flourish, even in our scientific age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506446745
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Series: Science for Youth Ministry
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 507,452
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of several books, including The Relational Pastor andThe Children of Divorce, and coauthor with Kenda Creasy Dean of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Part I (Part Aly)

1 Introduction: When Ministry Meets Science 3

2 When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Aly's Story) 9

3 When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Martin's Story) 17

4 When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Sasha's Story) 23

5 Is Faith for Immature Babies? 29

6 "Science," Adolescence, and Growing Up 43

7 The Faith of the Child as the Welcoming of the Scientific 61

8 Relating Faith and the Scientific, Issue One: SCIENCE Doesn't Say Anything 77

9 Relating Faith and the Scientific, Issue Two: How This Relating Is Done 87

10 Finding Personhood: The Face 107

Part II (Part Sasha)

11 Sasha and Big and Small Infinity 135

12 Galileo and Alien Life: The Story of Galileo Galilei 139

13 With a Bang 155

14 Finely Tuned 163

15 A Rebel's Birthday Party 175

Part III (Part Martin)

16 Martin and the Coming Mass Extinction 203

17 When the Rocks Speak 207

18 A Clergyman's Dangerous Ideas: The Story or Darwin 215

19 Darwin's First Dangerous Idea 231

20 Darwin's Second Dangerous Idea and All Those Other Hominids 245

21 The Bible, the Ministers, and the End 269

Epilogue 291

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