Questions to All Your Answers
Many evangelicals have embraced a Christianized 'folk religion' characterized by glib sayings they've never deeply examined. Looking at ten popular Christian slogans in the light of Scripture, this book encourages us to reach for a deeper, well-grounded faith that engages...
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Many evangelicals have embraced a Christianized 'folk religion' characterized by glib sayings they've never deeply examined. Looking at ten popular Christian slogans in the light of Scripture, this book encourages us to reach for a deeper, well-grounded faith that engages the intellect as well as the heart with the Bible.
Many Christians' faith exists as a loose collection of unexamined clichés and slogans borrowed from songs, devotional books, sermon illustrations, and even the internet. Too often this belief system (if it can be called a "system") lacks coherence and intelligibility; it can hardly be expressed, let alone defended, to others. The problem with folk religion is that it too easily withers under the onslaughts of secularism or seemingly reasonable answers provided by cults and new religions. Christianity has a long tradition of intellectual examination of other faiths and its own beliefs. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living; great Christian minds of all the ages have believed the unexamined faith is not worth believing. Reflective Christianity is Christian faith that has subjected itself to the rigorous questioning of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. It is mature Christian faith that goes on believing even as it questions what it believes. The goal of this book is not to destroy anyone's faith but to build it up by placing it on a firmer foundation of critical examination. Ten popular Christian clichés are subjected to critical inquiry and interrogated to discover whether they contain truth or are in error. In most cases the conclusion is-both. The aim is not to tear down straw men but to demonstrate a path toward stronger, more mature Christian belief.
Roger E. Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity, and the editor of The Westminster Handbook to Evangelical Theology He is also co-author of 20th-Century Theology: God and the World in a Transitional Age and Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (both with the late Stan Grenz.
His most recent publications are Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith(Zondervan, 2007), The Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2007), How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative (Zondervan, 2008), Finding God in the Shack: Seeking Truth in a Story of Evil and Redemption (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and Universal Salvation: the Most Appealing Heresy (InterVarsity Press)
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