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The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating a Better Christianity Paperback – June 5, 2012
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"Noone raises provocative questions about Christianity more kindly than PhilipGulley. " —Diana Butler Bass,author of Christianity for the Rest of Us
“Everyserious Christian ought to read this book, ponder it,wrestlewith it, but above all, be grateful for its presence in today's urgentconversation about what we are and are becoming as a people of God.” —Phyllis Tickle, author of The GreatEmergence
RenownedQuaker minister Philip Gulley, bestselling author of If the Church WereChristian, delivers a practical, insightful guide to developing aliving, flexible, personal Christianity—a faith that allows you to confront theprofound challenges facing every believer in today’s difficult world.
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“In our ever changing world, Gulley’s book is much needed. An important book for any person of faith.” -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author of Made for Goodness
“Every serious Christian ought to read this book, ponder it,wrestle with it, but above all, be grateful for its presence in today’s urgent conversation about what we are and are becoming as a people of God.” -- Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence
“If I were forced to pretend to believe in God again, I would choose Philip Gulley’s God: a deity who cares not whether you worship him, but how you treat other people.” -- Dan Barker, author of Godless
“The verve and clarity of Gulley’s writing underscore the welcome nature of his message to many thoughtful “unchurched” or alienated Christians.” -- Library Journal (starred review)
“Because of the gentle intelligence of his storytelling as much as his homely, experiential theology, he may convince many that they are progressive Christians, too.” -- Booklist
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Philip Gulley, famous for his own controversial theology that affirms universality, urges us in The Evolution of Faith to let go of our tightly held beliefs and start the journey toward a dynamic faith. Faith should always be seen as a work in progress, and this accessible guide will be a must-have tool for those interested in where the Christian faith is going today.
- ASIN : 0061689939
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061689932
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061689932
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #891,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philip Gulley has chosen about 10 of Christianity's stickiest issues and has given an exposition on each that unburdens them from antiquated interpretations. For example, humankind has been living under the curse of "Adam's sin". That is we are sinners before we have taken our first breath. Considering that Adam is a character in a myth, Gulley asks, why would a God who urged us to love and forgive others hold a grudge against all humanity for the sin that never happened, of one man" who, in fact, never was?
In the chapter on Suffering and Evil, Gulley explains that in spite of the teaching that God is all knowing and all powerful, there is no evidence to suggest that devout Christians suffer less than non-believers. God does not intervene in the affairs of life. We cannot escape hardship and misfortune by sending more money to the TV evangelist. He states that while Christian people may not be able to avoid suffering, they might experience God's love and comfort through the ministry of a fellow sufferer. In so doing we become the answer to the prayers of another.
While to many, these examples may seem heretical, even blasphemous, they are closer to the truth and remove many of the obstacles that stand in the way of honest seekers, who have been required to lay aside their intellect to accept the premises of the faith.
Gulley uses narratives from his own experience to introduce his issues. To the open-minded reader, here is a fresh breath of air!
Overall I enjoyed the book but after 200 pages I was ready to be done as he had covered all he had to say. If you are looking for a scholarly treatise this is not your book. Rather it is a positive view of the world, the role of religion, and how things have and should change with all religions.