The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty

Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "correct" Beliefs

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York :, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2017.
Edition: First HarperCollins paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780062272096
0062272098
Characteristics: 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.
Summary: 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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KLeAnneP
Mar 12, 2017

I cannot think of another book that has caused me to jump between desiring to purchase a copy I could highlight and just wanting to be done with the thing more than this one. Mr. Enns makes a lot of good points, however, and I think his overarching point is absolutely worth reading and considering. Would I have some questions for him on sub-points? Yeah. Do I agree with his approach on everything? No. My suggestion would be to read it, glean from it what you can and use that to grow.

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