Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between An Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son
Bestselling Christian author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo and his son Bart, an avowed Humanist, debate their spiritual differences and explore similarities involving faith, belief, and hope that they share.Over a Thanksgiving dinner, fifty-year-old Bart Campolo announced to his Evangelical...
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Bestselling Christian author, activist, and scholar Tony Campolo and his son Bart, an avowed Humanist, debate their spiritual differences and explore similarities involving faith, belief, and hope that they share.Over a Thanksgiving dinner, fifty-year-old Bart Campolo announced to his Evangelical pastor father, Tony Campolo, that after a lifetime immersed in the Christian faith, he no longer believed in God. The revelation shook the Campolo family dynamic and forced father and son to each reconsider his own personal journey of faith-dual spiritual investigations into theology, faith, and Humanism that eventually led Bart and Tony back to one another. In Why I Left, Why I Stayed, the Campolos reflect on their individual spiritual odysseys and how they evolved when their paths diverged. Tony, a renowned Christian teacher and pastor, recounts his experience, from the initial heartbreak of discovering Bart's change in faith, to the subsequent healing he found in his own self-examination, to his embracing of his son's point of view. Bart, an author and Humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, considers his faith journey from Progressive Christianity to Humanism, revealing how it affected his outlook and transformed his relationship with his father. As Why I Left, Why I Stayed makes clear, a painful schism between father and son that could have divided them irreparably became instead an opening that offered each an invaluable look not only at what separated them, but more importantly, what they shared.
Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of Socilogy at Eastern University,St.Davids, Pennsylvania. He is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organisation that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America. Dr Campolo is an ordained minister and is presently the associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He is the author of 33 books including Letters to a Young Evangelical and Everybody Wants to Change the World. He is media commentator on religious, social and political matters and is regularly appears on television and hosts a weekly radio program in England. Publisher.
Tony Campolo (Ph.D., Temple University) is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and the author of a dozen books, including Revolution and Renewal, Let me Tell You a Story, and 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to touch. SPANISH BIO: Dr. Tony Campolo es profesor emeritus de Sociologia en el Eastern College de St. Davids, estado de Pennsylvania. Es Tambien fundador y presidente de la Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, una organizacion educativa que ayuda a ninos y