Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt
:"People don't abandon faith because they have doubts. People abandon faith because they think they're not allowed to have doubts." Too often, our honest questions about faith are met with cold confidence and easy answers. But false certitude doesn't...
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:"People don't abandon faith because they have doubts. People abandon faith because they think they're not allowed to have doubts." Too often, our honest questions about faith are met with cold confidence and easy answers. But false certitude doesn't result in strong faith-it results in disillusionment, or worse, in a dogmatic, overweening faith unable to see itself or its object clearly. Even as a pastor, Austin Fischer has experienced the shadows of doubt and disillusionment. In Faith in the Shadows, he leans into perennial questions about Christianity with raw and fearless integrity. He addresses contemporary science, the problem of evil, hell, God's silence, and other issues, offering not only fresh treatments of these questions but also a fresh paradigm for thinking about doubt itself. Doubt, Fischer contends, is no reason to leave the faith. Instead, it's an invitation to a more honest faith-a faith that's not in control, but that trusts more fully in its Lord.
Austin Fischer is Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church. He and his wife, Allison, live in Temple, Texas. He speaks and writes and you can follow him on Twitter @austintfischer or online at purpletheology.com.
- :foreword By Brian Zahnd
- 1. Graffiti: An Invitation To A Rebellion
- 2. Ants On A Rollercoaster: Losing A Certainty-seeking Faith
- 3. How To Survive A Hurricane: Doubting With Job
- 4. Beautiful, Terrible World: The Burden Of Reality
- 5. Four-letter Word: (kind Of) Making Sense Of Evil
- 6. Silence: Believing When God Isn’t Speaking
- 7. Death By Fundamentalism: Talking To Fish About Water
- 8. Science: God Doesn’t Exist
- 9. Stuff: Our New Religion
- 10. Hell: Hitler Gets Five Minutes In Heaven
- 11. Faith, Doubt, And Love: The Real Remedy
- 12. Christ Or The Truth? A Case For Faith In The Worst Case
- 13. Walking On Water: The Proof Is In The Living
- Discussion Questions