The creator of the popular Formerly Fundie blog on Patheos explains how the "American Christianity" we are currently taught is actually a fear-saturated distortion of biblical faith.
Benjamin L. Corey thought he was suffering a crisis of faith, but it turned out to be a spiritual awakening.
Corey became aware that the constant fear of hell and judgment that defined his Christian faith was out of sync with the idea that God acts from love, and promises to deliver us from fear. In the wake of this realization came newfound insights—from reading the Bible to re-examining American life and the church's role in the wider world. Corey learned that what he had been taught was a distorted version of Christianity that was not only untrue but caused real spiritual harm.
He also discovered that he wasn’t alone. Many Christians are yearning to distinguish between the Christianity that has become a rigid American civil religion and the authentic Christian faith embodied in Jesus. As he recounts his own spiritual journey, Corey offers a powerful and inspiring message of hope for every Christian increasingly frustrated with the church today. Do not be discouraged, he assures them. You do not need to give up your faith; you can rediscover the reality of a vibrant Christianity that delivers us from fear and inspires and guides us all today.
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About the Author
Benjamin L. Corey is an author, speaker, scholar, and Patheos blogger who is interviewed and quoted regularly across all media. He is the author of Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus and holds two graduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Auburn, Maine.
Table of Contents
1 A Spiritual Midlife Crisis 1
2 The God I Just Couldn't Believe In Anymore 23
3 When the Word of God Isn't What You Thought It Was 45
4 Discovering You're More Than Just a Sinner 75
5 Ending the End Times Narrative 99
6 Following Jesus Instead of the Tribe 125
7 Faith Doesn't Come with a Bubble Sheet and a No. 2 Pencil 153
8 When You Have Faith Ass-Backward 177
9 Where Jesus Likes to Show Up in a Story 203