The Sin of Certainty

The Sin of Certainty

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

Book - 2016
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The controversial evangelical Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So explains how Christians mistake "certainty" and "correct belief" for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.

With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints."

Enns 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. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.

Combining Enns' reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

Publisher: San Francisco : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062272089
006227208X
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 234.23 ENN

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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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