Doubting

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We live in a culture that doubts everything as a matter of principle. In such an environment, how can even faith be immune to doubt?

Can I really trust in the gospel?
Does God really love me?
Can I really be of any use to God?

We are taught to doubt but commanded to believe. Somehow we think that admitting to doubt is tantamount to insulting...

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Overview

We live in a culture that doubts everything as a matter of principle. In such an environment, how can even faith be immune to doubt?

Can I really trust in the gospel?
Does God really love me?
Can I really be of any use to God?

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.

Alister McGrath, no stranger to a faith born of doubt, here offers good news to doubters: your faith can grow, and strengthen as it grows. It needs to take root in your experience of God, it needs to take in the nourishment of instruction in the words and ways of God, it needs to be stretched into greater obedience to the commands and calling of God--but it can grow beyond doubt into a thriving relationship.

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Western culture is going through an anti-Christian phase, writes McGrath, an Oxford theologian and president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Doubt, he says, is currently fashionable, hence the continuing need for books of Christian apologetics, which explain and defend the faith. Doubt is normal, according to McGrath, its presence simply an indication that a person's faith needs to grow. In concise, readable and encouraging language, he examines various kinds of doubt (of God, Jesus, the Gospel and ourselves) and offers orthodox theological and biblical teachings as antidotes. Emphasis on feelings and experience in matters religious are fine for new converts, but in Oxfordian fashion, McGrath recommends academic study of the Gospels and Christian faith as well as engaging in traditional devotional practices and spending time with mature Christians as tools for growth in understanding and faithfulness. The book covers well-trod ground, adding little new content, but the language and examples are contemporary and engaging. Some confusion about the audience arises when McGrath alternates between speaking directly to college-age students, the book's primary audience, and providing instructions to counselors, clergy and friends who are caring for doubters. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830833528
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: EXPANDED
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 910,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Alister McGrath (DPhil, DD, Oxford University) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He previously held the chair of theology, ministry and education and was head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at King's College, London. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world and is the author of many books including The Dawkins Delusion? and Christianity's Dangerous Idea.

Ravi Zacharias is a renowned Christian scholar and author, and founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ravi Zacharias
Preface
1. Doubt: What It Is--and What It Isn't
2. Doubt and the Vain Search for Certainty
3. Doubt in Other Worldviews: The Case of Atheism
4. The Personal Aspects of Doubt
5. Doubt in the Bible: Analogies and Images
6. Doubts About the Gospel
7. Doubts About Yourself
8. Doubts About Jesus Christ
9. Doubts About God
10. Doubt: How to Handle It
11. Doubt: Putting It in Perspective
For Further Study
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