When Faith is Not Enough
"An extraordinarily honest, informed, and probing address to the doubts that confront the person of faith - and a firm affirmation of the conviction, nonetheless, that only faith in God recognises reality for what it is and gives full meaning...
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"An extraordinarily honest, informed, and probing address to the doubts that confront the person of faith - and a firm affirmation of the conviction, nonetheless, that only faith in God recognises reality for what it is and gives full meaning to life. Kelly James Clark does not dodge hard questions and does not give evasive or mushy answers. Vividly and engagingly written, with superb citations from other writers, it's compelling reading." - Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School. 190 pages, from Eerdmans
Doubt and death, God and self, happiness or insignificance, guilt or grace? These fundamental human concerns are deeply intertwined and connect with our heart's deepest longings. They are difficult to understand, yet deeply felt. When Faith Is Not Enough is a creative, honest, and original discussion of faith and doubt and the search for human significance. Drawing upon personal experience, literature, psychology, philosophy, and Scripture, philosopher Kelly Clark tackles the difficult question of how we can live with doubt and how we can nurture a faith and develop a self of enduring value. In section one, "The Shadow of a Doubt," Clark takes doubt (and doubters) seriously and sets out to help the reader understand faith in a deeper way. He presents a powerful case for the existence of God, offers hope for understanding the problem of God and human suffering, suggests positive ways for dealing with doubt, and affirms the excitement of embracing the adventure of life. Section two, "Se
Kelly James Clark reflects on doubt and the meaning of life, suggesting how we might have faith in the midst of our doubts and how faith alone synthesizes the disparate elements of our self into a meaningful whole.
Kelly James Clark is associate professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.