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Benefit of the Doubt : Breaking the Idol of Certainty
by Gregory A. Boyd


Overview - In Benefit of the Doubt , influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor, and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain. In fact, he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church. Readers who wrestle with their faith will welcome Boyd's message that experiencing a life-transforming relationship with Christ is possible, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics. Boyd shares stories of his own painful journey, and stories of those to whom he has ministered, with a poignant honesty that will resonate with readers of all ages.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801014925
  • ISBN-10: 0801014921
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 269
  • Dimensions: 8.46 x 5.59 x 0.73 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.72 pounds


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Books > Religion > Christian Life - Personal Growth
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-08-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Influential theologian and pastor Boyd (Letters from a Skeptic) is not, per se, a confident Christian. Indeed, he wrestles with doubt, and believes other Christians should also. The author inveighs against Christian environments where questioning matters of faith is suspect, and expressing doubt is considered "misguided, self-indulgent, idolatrous, and even dangerous." An autobiographical and theological refutation of the glorification of Christian certitude, this book is a narrative of skeptic solidarity and essay on Christian doubt. It proves a comforting read for anyone struggling with the faith handed to them and a challenge to Christians who rely on cognitive conviction. Boyd bluntly argues that a covenantal relationship with God through Jesus is preferred to psychological certainty, developing his argument solidly with reference to his own story and the narrative of Scripture. Although a bit long and occasionally tedious, this book is highly recommended for skeptic and Christian alike; it could well breathe new life into the dwindling embers of a person's faith. (Sept. 15)

 
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