When Faith Turns Ugly
'Another stimulating and in depth reflection on an issue facing people of Christian faith today from Brian Harris. He identifies the potential of faith turning ugly although many in the church are in denial of this. The writer also highlights...
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'Another stimulating and in depth reflection on an issue facing people of Christian faith today from Brian Harris. He identifies the potential of faith turning ugly although many in the church are in denial of this. The writer also highlights the well known figures who have concluded that faith is too toxic and ugly to be anything other than destructive such as Marx, Hitchens and Freud and responds well to their arguments. Perhaps the greatest value of this book for the Christian leader or follower of Christ are the 3 sets of tools which are offered: the indicators that faith is straying from its true role and is not as life giving as God intended; the signs that church leadership is becoming toxic and the pointers to a faith which is healthy and life building. His development of the importance of orthopathy alongside orthodoxy and orthopraxy are significant. As people of faith we need to have the correct attitude and feelings alongside the correct belief and actions.
This book will be useful for ministers, lay leaders and network pastors who would be helped by understanding why faith does at times appear toxic. The Good News of Christ, which of itself is the most liberating and compelling message, can in the hands of those with shallow thinking or personal insecurities become something dangerous. Brian gives us good insight in reflecting in depth on this matter.'
- Dianne Tidball, Regional Minister, East Midlands Baptist Association
:Following the huge success of The Tortoise Usually Wins, 2012, and The
Big Picture, 2015, in When Faith Turns Ugly Brian Harris explores why
the Christian faith sometimes wears two masks - usually life-serving and
transforming, but occasionally escapist, illusionary and even poisonous.
What are the warning signs that faith is at risk of turning toxic? What do
we mean by the conviction that the gospel liberates? Brian Harris' take on
what constitutes life-serving faith is refreshing and will be appreciated by
all who would like to be sure that their obedience to Jesus the Christ will
help to build a world with a better name.
Professor Brian Harris (BSocSc, BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD (Uni of Auckland)) is Principal of Vose Seminary, a Baptist theological college in Perth, WA. Brian has lived in both South Africa and New Zealand and has successfully been the senior pastor of three churches, each of which grew dramatically. His PhD interacts with the thought of Stanley Grenz and explores the nature and future of evangelical theology. In 2009, he commenced as senior pastor of Carey Baptist Church in conjunction with his role at Vose, giving him valuable practical pastoral insight. Brian is married to Rosemary, and has three children - Nick, Amy and Jett.