A Search for What Makes Sense

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Does having faith mean abandoning reason? It’s easy to get that impression. Still, it seems reasonable that a supremely intelligent God would want you to use your God-given intellect on your spiritual journey as much as in any other aspect of your life. Faith may not stand on rational thinking alone, but a solid faith should walk hand in hand with intellectual integrity.

Does it really matter what I believe? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Why are there so ...

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Overview

Does having faith mean abandoning reason? It’s easy to get that impression. Still, it seems reasonable that a supremely intelligent God would want you to use your God-given intellect on your spiritual journey as much as in any other aspect of your life. Faith may not stand on rational thinking alone, but a solid faith should walk hand in hand with intellectual integrity.

Does it really matter what I believe? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Why are there so many religions? Do all paths lead to the same God? This book helps you sort through the questions, objections, and concerns you can’t help but raise. A Search for What Makes Sense will help you think your way clearly and honestly to answers that satisfy because they’re your answers---conclusions you’ve arrived at personally without manipulation, coercion, or game-playing.

For faith to exist and grow it’s got to make sense---good sense, carefully-thought-out sense. And chances are it does.

FINDING FAITH

The Finding Faith books A Search for What Makes Sense and A Search for What Is Real don’t try to tell you what to believe; they are guides in learning how to believe. If you think the spiritual journey requires turning your back on honesty and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul.

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In this book, nondenominational pastor Brian McLaren explains that faith must answer the needs of both your mind and your heart. Among the gnawing questions that he tackles are: Can God be experienced through doubt? Why is church the last place I turn to connect with God? Does it really matter what I believe? Why are there so many religions? Do all these paths lead to the same God? Uplifting reflections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310272663
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Finding FaithSeries Series
  • Pages: 187
  • Sales rank: 653,033
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Steve Chalke     9
Preface: A Note to My Readers     13
Introduction: Why Is the Search for Faith So Hard?     17
Faith, Knowledge, and Doubt
Does It Really Matter What I Believe?     33
What Is the Relationship between Faith and Knowledge?     55
How Does Faith Grow?     71
Thinking about God
Can I Believe in Atheism?     97
Is "I Don't Know" Enough to Know?     118
If There Is One God, Why Are There So Many Religions?     129
Do You Seriously Expect Me to Think of God As an Old Man with a Long White Beard?     144
Don't All Paths Lead to the Same God?     164
Conclusion: Next Steps     182
Sources and Resources     185
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