‘Contesting Faith’ is a novel that aims to make theological and philosophical issues accessible to ordinary readers who enjoy an interesting story with dramatic twists.
A 32 year old marketer named Matt Sherwin learns that he has incurable cancer and about 6 months to live. In the emotional confusion of this news, he attends two funerals, one high church and one thoroughly secular. As he watches the mourners, Matt is forced to think seriously about his own death and how to face the rest of his life.
Frustrated by his initial attempts to find satisfactory answers to his questions, Matt decides to use his marketing skills to tease out the best answers through a blog diary. This evolves into a contest between different religions and ideologies where Matt will award one point for every answer that is both original and helpful. At an agreed date, he will ‘convert’ to whichever religion or ideology has the most points.
However, neither cancer nor life itself is predictable and much drama ensues before the final outsome of the contest. Even then, there are lessons to learn about how faith impacts life.
The subject of life after death is profound and complex but, because the issues are filtered through the lens of an everyday bloke like Matt, they are not presented in an intellectual or scholarly way. Where some more complicated theories appear as comments on Matt’s blog page, he finds them too hard to understand and either seeks a simpler explanation or dismisses them altogether.
“Contesting Faith” is set in a fictional Australian city similar in many ways to the regional Victorian city of Warrnambool.
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Table of Contents
1 - Stranger in the Distance 2
2 - Brave in the White Water 17
3 - Make It a Contest 29
4 - The Rottenness Inside 37
5 - Silence Shattered 50
6 - Where the Body Was 62
7 - Getting Weird 76
8 - What If It’s a Sin? 91
9 - Thousands of Years 109
10 - Make It Work 125
11 - Old Holy Books 138
12 - Faith In Yourself 156
13 - Guarded Optimism 166
14 - Are You Sure About This? 179
15 - Ways Not To Hurt People 193
16 - Wonderful Eternal Chain 208
17 - An Unexpected Friendship 222
18 - No Pleasant Surprises 237
19 - A Good Legacy 251
20 - Wrestling 264
21 - Something Good For Sophie 282
22 - Robert Makes a Good Point 298
23 - Preacher Dude 315
24 - Waiting For a Train 332
Meet the Author 339