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Jesus Loves You and Evolution Is True: Why Youth Ministry Needs Science

Jesus Loves You and Evolution Is True: Why Youth Ministry Needs Science

Science is not a danger to the faith of Christian youth. In fact, Sara Sybesma Tolsma, an award-winning scientist, and Jason Lief, a leading practical theologian, argue that youth ministry needs science to help young people explore their relationship to God and engage their world faithfully.

Jesus Loves You and Evolution Is True invites the church and its leaders to open their minds and hearts to what science can tell us about our human lives and our connections to, and role in, our natural world. But it does not stop there: evolutionary science is theological, argues Lief and Tolsma, and so it must have a central place in the day-to-day work of youth ministry.

If the church wants to help youth develop robust spiritual lives and prepare them for the challenges that life will bring them, pastors, faith leaders, and youth workers must not only engage science but embrace its lessons for the life and practice of Christian faith today.

  • In stock
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9781506439730
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 325
  • Publication Date May 7, 2019

Table of Contents

Introduction: Asking Good Questions
1. Making Connections: Science and Faith
2. Basketball and Barth: Why Youth Ministry Needs Evolution
3. Adam and Lucy: What Evolution Says about Being Human
4. The Cross and Creation: St. Francis, Evolution, and the Love of God
5. Tending the Garden: What Evolution Says about Our Future
6. Jesus Can Hit a Curve Ball: What It Means to Be Made in the Image of God
7. When Darwin Wept: Redeeming Suffering and Death
8. Embracing Our Animal: Youth Ministry in a Secular World