Walking Away from Faith: Unraveling the Mystery of Belief and Unbelief

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In this no-holds-barred book, Ruth Tucker tackles the tough questions about losing faith. She gives historical perspective by looking at prominent Christians who have struggled with faith. She grapples with difficult philosophical and theological issues. She explores the hard questions that bring people to the point of losing faith -- questions about suffering, science and more. And she sets forth the testimony of some who have made the choice to walk away and offers a glimpse into how and why they did. Ruth ...
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Overview

In this no-holds-barred book, Ruth Tucker tackles the tough questions about losing faith. She gives historical perspective by looking at prominent Christians who have struggled with faith. She grapples with difficult philosophical and theological issues. She explores the hard questions that bring people to the point of losing faith -- questions about suffering, science and more. And she sets forth the testimony of some who have made the choice to walk away and offers a glimpse into how and why they did. Ruth Tucker writes not just as a detached observer but as one who has struggled with doubt herself. She shares from her experience and tells us why she continues to choose faith.
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Tucker (domestic missiology, Calvin Coll. Theological Seminary) has struggled with the intellectual and emotional causes of religious doubt in her own life. Here, she candidly shares the outcome of her struggles and offers case studies of other evangelicals to examine why people lose and rediscover faith. Excellent chapters explore the challenges of history, science, and philosophy, as well as psychological and social issues. In the case studies, people who are happy in their unbelief and people who have returned to faith tell their own stories. Tucker presents the unbelievers' points of view clearly and fairly. Her own responses and suggestions have depth and authenticity. This fascinating glimpse behind the careful facade of the educated fundamentalist provides real help and guidance to those in similar circumstances. Recommended for academic and public libraries. C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, IN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780830823321
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Part 1
1 "Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief" 15
2 A Tale of Two Evangelists: Billy Graham & Chuck Templeton 29
3 The Smith Family: A Case Study in Doubt & Unbelief 43
4 Knowing God: Mystery or Matter of Fact? 54
5 The Dark Night of the Soul: The Fine Line Between Belief & Unbelief 67
Part 2
6 Biblical & Historical Reflections of Doubt & Unbelief 81
7 The Challenge of Science & Philosophy 98
8 The Challenge of Theological Complexities & Biblical Criticism 117
9 The Challenge of Psychology & Social Issues 134
10 Disappointment with God & with Fellow Christians 151
Part 3
11 The New Life of Unbelief: Seeking Happiness Outside the Family of Faith 169
12 Missionaries of Unbelief: The Appeal of the Message & the Messenger 183
13 Answering Doubt & Unbelief: Confronting the Serious Issues 196
14 Real Stories of Returning to Faith 209
Postscript 223
Notes 225
Selected Bibliography 236
Index 239
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    Posted May 11, 2008

    Honest

    I first read this book when it was published and am reading it again. I'm struck once more by the author's honesty and ability to cut through the stereotypes of losing one's faith.

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