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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Part I. (Part Aly)
  1. 1. Introduction: When Ministry Meets Science
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. 2. When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Aly’s Story)
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. 3. When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Martin’s Story)
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. 4. When Youth Ministry Encounters Science: The Story of Jared (Sasha’s Story)
  2. pp. 39-44
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  1. 5. Is Faith for Immature Babies?
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. 6. “Science,” Adolescence, and Growing Up
  2. pp. 59-76
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  1. 7. The Faith of the Child as the Welcoming of the Scientific
  2. pp. 77-92
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  1. 8. Relating Faith and the Scientific, Issue One: SCIENCE Doesn’t Say Anything
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 9. Relating Faith and the Scientific, Issue Two: How This Relating Is Done
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. 10. Finding Personhood: The Face
  2. pp. 123-148
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  1. Part II. (Part Sasha)
  1. 11. Sasha and Big and Small Infinity
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. 12. Galileo and Alien Life: The Story of Galileo Galilei
  2. pp. 155-170
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  1. 13. With a Bang
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. 14. Finely Tuned
  2. pp. 179-190
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  1. 15. A Rebel’s Birthday Party
  2. pp. 191-216
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  1. III. (Part Martin)
  1. 16. Martin and the Coming Mass Extinction
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. 17. When the Rocks Speak
  2. pp. 223-230
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  1. 18. A Clergyman’s Dangerous Ideas: The Story of Darwin
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. 19. Darwin’s First Dangerous Idea
  2. pp. 247-260
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  1. 20. Darwin’s Second Dangerous Idea and All Those Other Hominids
  2. pp. 261-284
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  1. 21. The Bible, the Ministers, and the End
  2. pp. 285-306
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 307-309
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