Faith after Doubt
Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It
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'For all those who have understood that doubt and free thinking are failings of your faith, Brian's book will help you live fuller and breathe easier.' -- Glennon Doyle
Sixty-five million adults in the US have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. In the UK, surveys indicate that religious belief is also declining - and yet a surprising number of people still pray. Faith After Doubt is for all those who feel that their faith is falling apart.
Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages - simplicity, complexity, perplexity and harmony - offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and increase their commitment to what matters most.
'In this important book, my friend and colleague Brian McLaren helps you find a deeper and wiser faith that is enriched by doubt instead of threatened by it.' -- Fr Richard Rohr
'Former pastor McLaren (A Church on the Other Side) asks Christians to contemplate what faith might look like 'on the other side of doubt' in this smart rumination. Written for those wrestling with aspects of the Bible or their church culture that they don't agree with, McLaren's work introduces doubt as a companion to faith, a 'tough but effective teacher and a difficult but faithful friend.' He uses personal stories to show how doubt can lead to breakthroughs in one's faith, such as describing his experiences in pastoral care while protesting opposite other Christians, who felt no doubt about their racial antagonism, at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.: 'We need radical change flowing from a new set of values and deeper spiritual narratives ... only doubt will open a doorway out of hostile orthodoxies - whether religious, cultural, economic, or political.' Prompts for 'Reflection and Action' are also included at the end of each chapter: 'How would you describe the differences among certainty, uncertainty, and faith?' or 'Respond to the statement: Doubt is necessary, but not sufficient.' McLaren's persuasive argument for doubt as a means to save one's spirituality and rescue religion at-large might turn off evangelicals, but it will appeal to questioning Christians.' ? Publishers Weekly starred review
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