Knowing Darkness: Reflections on Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God

Knowing Darkness: Reflections on Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God

by Addison Hodges Hart
     
 

Too often, Christians who find themselves feeling skeptical or melancholy are perplexed, troubled, or even ashamed. In Knowing Darkness Addison Hodges Hart provocatively argues that both skepticism and melancholy are not necessarily detrimental but can actually strengthen and deepen Christian faith. / Citing diverse examples ranging from Ecclesiastes and Job to

Overview

Too often, Christians who find themselves feeling skeptical or melancholy are perplexed, troubled, or even ashamed. In Knowing Darkness Addison Hodges Hart provocatively argues that both skepticism and melancholy are not necessarily detrimental but can actually strengthen and deepen Christian faith. / Citing diverse examples ranging from Ecclesiastes and Job to Mother Teresa and Jack Kerouac, Hart shows how skepticism and sadness can inform faith — and how genuine spiritual friendships can sustain those experiencing dark times. / Hart’s forthright, engaging reflections will inspire readers to broaden their ideas about belief and thus find a more authentic faith.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Like Gregory, Hart (contributing editor, Touchstone magazine) tackles the darker aspects of individual existence; his book seems in part inspired by Mother Teresa's spiritual despairs. He addresses skepticism and the scriptural tangle of cynicism and doubt that seems to underlie Ecclesiastes and Job, also adding an imaginary dialog on the benefits of spiritual friendship even in the deepest darknesses. He persuades us not to mistake faith for hope or orthodoxy but to take it as itself, lived during times of joy and desolation alike. VERDICT Recommended for the Christian or spiritual seeker comfortable with scripture study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802863447
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Addison Hodges Hart is a retired pastor and college chaplain presently living in Norway.

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