The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith [NOOK Book]

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A Note from the Author:

What does it mean to ask a question?

That's a funny way of putting it, isn't it? The answer seems perfectly obvious: people want information, so they make an inquiry. What else could a question mean, if it's more than that?

It's pretty popular these days to say that Christians ought to ask the hard questions. And for good reason:
it's true. There are ...

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Overview

A Note from the Author:

What does it mean to ask a question?

That's a funny way of putting it, isn't it? The answer seems perfectly obvious: people want information, so they make an inquiry. What else could a question mean, if it's more than that?

It's pretty popular these days to say that Christians ought to ask the hard questions. And for good reason:
it's true. There are challenges that deserve serious attention, questions that we should carefully consider. Faith isn't the sort of thing that will endure as long as our eyes are closed. The opposite, in fact: faith helps us see, and that means not shrinking from the ambiguities and the difficulties that provoke our most profound questions.

I'm a fan of questioning. My education was built on the notion not only that we need not fear questions, but that by the grace of
God we have the safety and security to rush headlong into them and find ourselves better for it on the other side.

The past decade of my life I have continued that process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery. I can't claim to have always had the right disposition about my inquiries. (And all his friends and his spouse said "Amen!"). But I have never once quit caring about the learning, about the growth that is before us, and the questions that will lead us into it.

Which is why I want to look at questioning itself, to step back and examine how exploration and inquiry fits within the Christian life.

In our embrace of questioning,
we must learn to question well. In our uncertainty, we must not give up the task of walking worthy of the calling which Christ has placed upon us. For we have not yet reached the end of our exploring.

What does it mean to question well?
That's a good question.

-Matthew Lee Anderson

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anderson cuts to the quick, avoiding scholarly detachment and academic jargon. A series of well-chosen examples allows him to probe why we are reluctant to engage questions, while at the same time illuminating how such questions can enrich faith. We need to do more to help Christians-especially those attending college-to internalize their faith, gain a proper confidence in its roots, and learn to express this in gracious responses to the questions they will inevitably encounter." - Alister McGrath, Christianity Today Book Review. September 2013 Issue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802484246
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,052,587
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

MATTHEW LEE ANDERSON is the Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy and is studying for an M.Phil. in Christian Ethics at Oxford University. He has explored the relationships between evangelicalism and politics and the generational shifts in evangelicalism. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith, in which he explores how Christian theology shapes our thinking about issues like human sexuality, tattoos, and death. His work has appeared at the Washington Post, CNN, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Relevant, The City,
and various other places. He lives in Oxford with his wife.
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Table of Contents

A Beginning
Chapter One: A Few Initial Thoughts about the Questioning
Life
Chapter Two: When the Questions Are Not Neutral
Chapter Three: On Doubt and What Doubt Isn't
Chapter Four: What Counts as Satisfaction?
Chapter Five:
The World and Our Questions of It
Chapter Six: The Liberation of Questioning
Chapter
Seven: Communities of Inquiry
Chapter Eight: Friendship, Disagreement, and Our
Fundamental Commitments
Chapter Nine: How to Ask a Good Question
Chapter Ten:
The End of Our Exploring
Appendix One: How Not to Lose Your Faith in a Christian
College
Appendix Two: Loving Those Who Leave
Confession of Gratitude
What's
Next?

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