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The sin of certainty : why God desires our trust more than our "correct" beliefs

Author: Peter Enns
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First HarperCollins paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. He models an acceptance of mystery and paradox and shows that God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. Gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Enns
ISBN: 0062272098 9780062272096 9780062272089 006227208X
OCLC Number: 956625629
Description: 230 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. I don't know what I believe anymore. --
Thanks for nothing, Walt Disney --
Can we just be honest for a second, please? --
Okay, I'll go first --
What's so sinful about certainty? --
Thinking is good. Chapter 2. How we got into this mess --
Know what you believe (or else) --
O great, we came from monkeys --
Seriously weird stories from long ago --
The Germans are coming (like we need this right now) --
Slavery: whose side is God on? --
Again with the Germans --
Why "Defenders of the Faith" are raising white flags. Chapter 3. "You abandoned me, God; you lied" (and other Bible lessons) --
Parts of the Bible we don't read in church (but should) --
God is a liar --
The world makes perfect sense without God. Chapter 4. Two miserable people worth listening to --
Trust God anyway --
Don't even try to understand what God is up to. Chapter 5. Believing in God: so easy even a demon can do it --
Who, not what --
Amen --
Faith isn't something in your head (or heart) --
"All to Jesus I surrender" --
There goes Jesus being Jesus again --
But, but ... what about ...? Chapter 6. Uh-oh: when certainty is caught off guard (and why that might not be such a bad idea) --
When life happens --
God did what, now? --
Our pale blue dot --
Falling branches --
Meeting new people --
When Christians eat their own --
God is not my father --
When "uh-oh" becomes "ah-ha". Chapter 7. God wants you dead --
The lie: "it's all your fault" --
The truth: "God wants you dead" --
Down the mine shaft --
Let's bring this aboveground. Chapter 8. Cultivating a habit of trust --
Ever have one of those decades? --
Live strong --
August 1, 2008 --
Honoring your head without living in it --
The long haul --
Being like Jesus. Chapter 9. Beyond trust --
No fear --
Go and sin no more --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Scripture index.
Other Titles: Why God desires our trust more than our "correct" beliefs
Responsibility: Peter Enns.

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Offers a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. He models an acceptance of mystery and paradox and shows that God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. Gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

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