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You're Not As Crazy As I Think: Dialogue in a World of Loud Voices and Hardened Opinions

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Would you choose God over truth?

If we Evangelicals are known for anything, we are mostly known for our opinions—opinions we are not afraid to express and express with much gusto and volume.

But what if passion for truth is found not in the loudest voice and most unshakable convictions, but rather in the resolve to listen to and learn from others? What if that passion is found in a willingness to rethink our most cherished beliefs? What if it ...

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Overview

Would you choose God over truth?

If we Evangelicals are known for anything, we are mostly known for our opinions—opinions we are not afraid to express and express with much gusto and volume.

But what if passion for truth is found not in the loudest voice and most unshakable convictions, but rather in the resolve to listen to and learn from others? What if that passion is found in a willingness to rethink our most cherished beliefs? What if it is found in a refusal to embrace simple black and white categories when the world offers a bewildering array of gray? What if it is found when we refuse to dismiss those who disagree with us as simply stupid or wicked? What if it is found when we seek to learn from others through open and honest dialogue?

In You're Not As Crazy As I Think, Randal Rauser presents a very different picture of the passionate pursuit of truth from those who seek to stand on unassailable and unquestionable foundations. This pursuit begins as we rethink not only our truth paradigm but learn how to listen, to hear, and learn from groups so often marginalized by our biases. Could it be that those who we have dismissed or ignored, like liberal Christians, Darwinists, atheists, and animal-rights activists, are not that stupid or wicked after all? Could it be that they might even have something important to share about the truth?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830857869
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Randal Rauser is associate professor of historical theology, teaching in the areas of theology, apologetics, worldview and church history, at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, where he was granted Taylor's first annual teaching award for "outstanding service to students" in 2005. He earned his Ph.D. at King's College, London, where he focused on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Rauser is the author of several books, including Faith Lacking Understanding, You're Not as Crazy as I Think, Finding God in the Shack and Theology in Search of Foundations.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Who Needs Truth When You've Got Jesus? 1

2 Truth is Who you are 13

3 If Jesus Were not the Truth, He'd be the First Person to Tell you to Look Elsewhere 33

4 Not Everything is Black and White 53

5 Those I Disagree with are Probably not Ignorant, Idiotic, Insane, or Immoral 81

6 This Conversation Could Change Your Life 99

7 Not all Liberal Christians are Heretics 117

8 Not all Darwinists are Monkeys 143

9 Not all Animal Rights Activists are Wackos 167

10 Not all Atheists are Fools 187

Conclusion Truth is Enough 207

Chapter 1 Crouching at the Door 1

Chapter 2 Alive for the First Time 15

Chapter 3 Rage 27

Chapter 4 Lust and Adultery 45

Chapter 5 Lying and Stealing 63

Chapter 6 Addiction 81

Chapter 7 Homosexuality 99

Chapter 8 Broken Lives 119

Chapter 9 Biology is not Destiny 133

Appendix Counseling and Ministry Resources 145

Notes 157

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