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Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science

Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science

Growing up in a world shaped by science and technology, young people may easily lose sight of God. Or, as this book shows, their "eyes of the heart" can become opened like never before. With wit and insight, Russell Haitch offers a model for unifying faith and science that does not compromise either good science or Christian convictions.

In Eyes of the Heart: Seeing God in an Age of Science, Haitch puts this model to the acid test by showing how it resolves long-standing (and still heated) issues of creation and evolution.

Compelling stories and clear explanations make this book appealing to a wide audience, including parents, youth workers, and young people themselves. The ideas are deep--Haitch covers a lot of ground, from Einstein and Hawking to Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen. But the book's arguments are easy to follow, and its bite-size chapters are enjoyable to read.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506450544
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 231
  • Publication Date March 16, 2021


"Eyes of the Heart is one of the most discussable books I've read in ages. This book is intended for parents, pastors, and anyone who cares about young faith--but trust me, it is a book that all of us in the church should sink our teeth into."

Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Haitch, with beautiful writing and deep thought, shows himself to be an able and wise guide. This is a book you need. It's splendid."

Andrew Root, Luther Seminary

"Eyes of the Heart does something few other discussions of the 'faith vs. science' debate do: honor both the spiritual wisdom of a biblically rooted view of the cosmos and the intellectual rigor of the scientific method."

Elizabeth W. Corrie, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"Eyes of the Heart is a book that every youth minister and every youth pastor should have in their library."

Jeffrey Kaster, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary

"This brilliantly accessible book gives the church a terrific tool for forming a faith that is expanded and deepened rather than undermined by scientific pursuits."

Mark DeVries, founder of Ministry Architects

Table of Contents

Prologue: Just a Glass of Water
Part I: Faith and Science
Chapter 1 Opportunity Knocks
Chapter 2 How Science Can Help Faith and Vice Versa
Chapter 3 What Science Cannot Do
Chapter 4 The Meaning of Life
Chapter 5 Science Against Faith
Chapter 6 Faith Against Science
Chapter 7 Faith Alone?
Chapter 8 All Things
Chapter 9 A Fate Worse Than Conflict
Chapter 10 Universe-Based Youth Ministry
Chapter 11 Chalcedon
Chapter 12 Home Is Where You Start From
Chapter 13 Three Conclusions
Chapter 14 Why Faith First?
Part II: Creation and Evolution
Chapter 15 A Curious and Sensitive Lad
Chapter 16 Cruel Suffering
Chapter 17 Exploring Options
Chapter 18 "It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us"
Chapter 19 Progressive Problems
Chapter 20 Creationism
Chapter 21 A Handful of Dust
Chapter 22 The Medicine of Immortality
Chapter 23 What Did Paul Actually Say?
Chapter 24 The Gospel, Part I: "In the Beginning"
Chapter 25 The Gospel, Part II: "Death, Thou Shalt Die"
Chapter 26 But Why?
Chapter 27 Atonement Issues
Chapter 28 Paradigm Shifts
Chapter 29 Antioch and Alexandria
Chapter 30 Evolution Means What Now?
Epilogue: A Monk and His Peas