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The Faith To Doubt

Author : Stephen Batchelor
ISBN : 9781619026360
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Kierkegaard said that faith without doubt is simply credulity, the will to believe too readily, especially without adequate evidence, and that “in Doubt can Faith begin.” All people involved in spiritual practice, of whatever persuasion, must confront doubt at one time or another, and find a way beyond it to belief, however temporary. But “faith is not equivalent to mere belief. Faith is the condition of ultimate confidence that we have the capacity to follow the path of doubt to its end. And courage.” In this engaging spiritual memoir, Stephen Batchelor describes his own training, first as a Tibetan Buddhist and then as a Zen practitioner, and his own direct struggles along his path. “It is most uncanny that we are able to ask questions, for to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgement: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest.” Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.

Faith And Doubt

Author : John Ortberg
ISBN : 9780310296249
Genre : Religion
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What if the most important word is the one in the middle? We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts.

Wrestling With Doubt

Author : Frank D. Rees
ISBN : 0814625908
Genre : Religion
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Rees provides a theological analysis of doubts as a constructive element within the Christian experience of faith. He considers three theological frameworks, each of which offers an interpretation of doubt, and two life-story theologies that deal with faith and doubt.

The Faith And Doubt Of Holocaust Survivors

Author : Reeve Robert Brenner
ISBN : 9781412852975
Genre : History
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The Faith and Doubt of Holocaust Survivors reveals the victims’ frank and thought-provoking answers to searching questions about their experiences: Was the Holocaust God’s will? Was there any meaning or purpose in the Holocaust? Was Israel worth the price six million had to pay? Did the experience in the death camps bring about an avowal of faith? A denial of God? A reaffirmation of religious belief? Did the Holocaust change beliefs about the coming of the Messiah, the Torah, the Jews as the chosen people, and the nature of God? Drawing on the responses of seven hundred survivors, Reeve Robert Brenner reveals the changes, rejections, reaffirmations, doubts, and despairs that have so profoundly affected the faith, practices, ideas, and attitudes of survivors, and, by extension, the entire Jewish people. Many survivors carried their deepest secrets and innermost beliefs silently, from internment to interment. But Brenner’s quest provided the impetus for many survivors to end their silence about the past and come forth with their feelings. In poignant vignettes scattered throughout the book, their answers to these profound questions are offered, disclosing ardent, overpowering passions and sensibilities.

Know Doubt

Author : John Ortberg
ISBN : 9781458758194
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What if the most important word is the one in the middle? We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor's edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg's own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us - including our doubts.

Faith And Doubt

Author : R. L. Brett
ISBN : 0227679415
Genre : Religion
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Pairing great writers from each generation who typify the contrasts and concerns of their age, Professor Brett explores the complex interplay between faith and doubt in English literature since the Enlightenment. Not confining himself to a biographical and historical approach, he deploys his understanding of contemporary philosophy and ideology to throw a new light on often neglected areas.

Doubting

Author : Alister McGrath
ISBN : 9780830833528
Genre : Religion
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We are taught to doubt but commanded to believe. Somehow we think that admitting to doubt is tantamount to insulting God. But doubt is not a sign of spiritual weakness--rather it's an indication of spiritual growing pains, says Alister McGrath. He explores the origin and nature of doubt and the specific doubts that often plague Christians in a postmodern culture.

Faith In Doubt

Author : Jarin Jove
ISBN : 1733901701
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A book that critiques religion through the perspective of cognitive and social psychology, analytical philosophy, and Nietzschean philosophy and my own critiques.

Faith After Doubt

Author : Brian D. Mclaren
ISBN : 1529384451
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Doubt Faith And Certainty

Author : Thiselton, Anthony C.
ISBN : 9780802873538
Genre : Faith
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Doubt, faith, certainty. In this book celebrated theologian Anthony Thiselton provides clarity on these complicated, long-misunderstood theological concepts and the practical pastoral problems they raise for Christians. He reminds us that doubt is not always bad, faith can have different meanings in different circumstances, and certainty is fragile. Drawing on his expertise in the fields of exegesis and hermeneutics, biblical studies, and the history of Christian thought, Thiselton works his way through the labyrinth of past definitions while offering better, more nuanced theological understandings of these three interrelated concepts. The result is a book that speaks profoundly to some of our deepest existential concerns.

Crisis Of Doubt

Author : Timothy Larsen
ISBN : 0199287872
Genre : History
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A corrective to the much-discussed Victorian `crisis of faith', this study focuses upon several prominent individuals who experienced a `crisis of doubt' and made the reverse journey, abandoning secularism to defend Christianity. Their stories demonstrate the intellectual strength of faith in the nineteenth century.

Without A Doubt

Author : Kenneth R. Samples
ISBN : 9780801064692
Genre : Religion
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The author tackles twenty classic questions that challenge the Christian faith, offering solid, succinct answers for believers and skeptics alike.

The Christian Credentials

Author : John J. Lawrence
ISBN : 1397350636
Genre : Religion
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Excerpt from The Christian Credentials: An Appeal of Faith to Doubt The author's quotations and references in dicate the width and discrimination of his read ing. One finds in them a grateful stirring of recollections belonging to true theological culture, and to men whose names are synonyms for profound devotion and sound learning. The prevalence throughout the volume of the author's strong and vigorous individuality will not surprise those who have been fortunate enough] to know him and the evangelical range, force and persuasiveness of his ministry. I am fully aware of the insufficiency of these prefatory remarks, but if they induce the reader to make close contact with this book, my end will have been gained. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Faith Hope And Doubt In Times Of Uncertainty

Author : George Ellis
ISBN : 9781458748553
Genre : Psychology
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'I propose there is a moral reality as well as a physical reality and a mathematical reality underlying the world and the universe, and that human moral life is a search to understand and implement that true nature of morality. I suggest to nature of that moral reality is centred in love, with the idea of kenosis (''letting go'') playing a key role in the human, moral and spiritual spheres because of its transformational qualities. This is only one of many intimations of transcendence available to us: these entail qualities in which much more than is necessary is present in the real world in which we live, an abundance leading to wonder and reverence as we realize and appreciate them. An integral view of existence takes these qualities into account. I suggest that true spirituality lies in seeing the integral whole, which includes science and all it discovers, but also includes deep views of ethics, aesthetics, and meaning, seeing them as based in and expressing the power of love. Science can be powerful in the service of this integral view, but must not attempt to supplant it.'

Faith Doubt And Reason

Author : Brent A. R. Hege
ISBN : 9781532683985
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Faith, doubt, and reason are universal human faculties, yet they are frequently misunderstood, denigrated, and even abused. What does it mean to have faith, and what distinguishes faith from belief? Can someone have faith without religious commitments? What is doubt, and what is its relationship to faith and belief? How do we make sense of evil and suffering? What roles does reason play in our lives? What do we do when we have the sneaking suspicion that life is absurd? What do we love, and what do we fear? How do faith, doubt, and reason interrelate? Faith, doubt, and reason not only can work together: they must work together if we are to live lives of meaning and purpose. This book explores the significance of these three universal human faculties and the central role they play in our quest for the meaning of life. Drawing on classic texts in theology, philosophy, literature, and the Bible, Faith, Doubt, and Reason invites readers to delve deeply into the quest for the meaning of life in all its ambiguity, mystery, and tragic beauty.

Not Sure

Author : John D. Suk
ISBN : 9780802866509
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 2002, while touring North America with his wife in an RV, John Suk -- lifelong Christian, longtime pastor, and noted leader in the Christian Reformed Church -- experienced a crippling crisis of faith. He emerged from that dark time with a strange new gift -- doubt. In Not Sure Suk takes readers on an eyes-wide-open, deeply personal voyage through the past and present of Christian belief, reexamining Christian faith -- in his own life and in fifteen centuries of Christian history -- through a skeptic's eyes. He exposes major pitfalls of modern Christian movements and questions what he considers to be faulty paradigms: the "personal relationship with Jesus," the "health-and-wealth gospel," and traditional ethnicity-based belief systems. In the end he is left clinging to what is for him a truer, wiser kind of faith in Jesus Christ -- faith that struggles and lives with doubt.

After Doubt

Author : A. J. Swoboda
ISBN : 1587434512
Genre : Religion
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Is there a way to walk faithfully through doubt and come out the other side with a deeper love for Jesus, the church, and its tradition? Can we question our faith without losing it? Award-winning author, pastor, and professor A. J. Swoboda has witnessed many young people wrestle with their core Christian beliefs. Too often, what begins as a set of critical and important questions turns to resentment and faith abandonment. Unfortunately, the church has largely ignored its task of serving people along their journey of questioning. The local church must walk alongside those who are deconstructing their faith and show them how to reconstruct it. Drawing on his own experience of deconstruction, Swoboda offers tools to help emerging adults navigate their faith in a hostile landscape. Doubt is a part of our natural spiritual journey, says Swoboda, and deconstruction is a legitimate space to encounter the living God. After Doubt offers a hopeful, practical vision of spiritual formation for those in the process of faith deconstruction and those who serve them. Foreword by pastor and author John Mark Comer.

Doubt

Author : Elyse Fitzpatrick
ISBN : 1629953660
Genre : Religion
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Christians who struggle with doubt feel deep discouragement-but they should not feel alone. Elyse Fitzpatrick takes a look at famous Bible characters who doubted, offers support for our beliefs, and explores God's promises for those of little faith. Each day's devotional has two takeaway truths to memorize or write out, plus an invitation for personal reflection. Learn to say, "I believe; help my unbelief" when wracked by doubt. Book jacket.

Faith And Doubt

Author : Norman Lamm
ISBN : 0881259527
Genre : Religion
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Presents a collection of studies on modern intellectual challenges from the perspective of Modern Orthodox Judaism. Themes range from comparative law to metaphysics with a chapter on "Law and Morality" new to this edition.

In Faith And In Doubt

Author : Dale McGowan
ISBN : 0814433723
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Describes how couples can work to save a relationship that might be suffering when a religious believer is with a nonreligious person, offering negotiation tips, strategies for dealing with extended families and advice for handling holidays and rites. Original.

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