Living Faith: Belief and Doubt in a Perilous World

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Living Faith is a groundbreaking exploration of the meaning and dynamics of Christian faith today by a major theologian and social critic of our time. Jacques Ellul thoughtfully examines all aspects of the phenomenon we call faith to distill the essential characteristics of true Christianity. He argues cogently for a crucial distinction between religion, based on a faith that is nothing more than a reflection of our own circumstances and consciousness, and genuine Christian Faith, which concerns itself primarily ...

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Overview

Living Faith is a groundbreaking exploration of the meaning and dynamics of Christian faith today by a major theologian and social critic of our time. Jacques Ellul thoughtfully examines all aspects of the phenomenon we call faith to distill the essential characteristics of true Christianity. He argues cogently for a crucial distinction between religion, based on a faith that is nothing more than a reflection of our own circumstances and consciousness, and genuine Christian Faith, which concerns itself primarily with revelation. Such a Living Faith, he points out, is an open, honest, courageous response to a divine disclosure of the Wholly Other God that impels us beyond comfortable answers to see "everything in at light which is not that of reason, experience, or common sense."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606089798
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword i

Author's Note ix

Introduction David W. Gill xi

Preface: Some Questions xix

Spiritual Fashions xix

Self-Critique xxv

Part I Monos and Una: A Conversation 1

1 Anxiety 3

2 The Man Who Was Right 9

3 Belief Is Everywhere 16

4 From Belief to Exclusion 22

5 The Most Uncertain, the Most Improbable... 28

6 Solutions and the Real World 34

7 Veiled Reality 41

8 Believing in Death 45

9 Losing Oneself to Find Oneself 53

10 From Satan to Eros 61

11 Pardon and Forgetfulness 69

12 What I Believe 75

13 The Eternal Now of Freedom 81

14 The Last Word 87

Part II Belief and Faith 91

15 Traditional Misunderstandings 93

16 Religion and Revelation 126

17 Believing for What? 157

18 Critical Faith 179

Part III "Yet Forty Days…" Said Jonah 199

19 We Never Wanted That... 203

20 An Ever More Perilous World 217

21 Politics: The Realm of the Demonic 234

22 More Questions 249

23 Faith and the Exodus 253

Index 279

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