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A Note from the Author:
What does it mean to ask a question?
That's a funny way of putting it, isn't it? The answer seems perfectly obvious: people want information, so they make an inquiry. What else could a question mean, if it's more than that?
It's pretty popular these days to say that Christians ought to ask the hard questions. And for good reason: it's true. There are challenges that deserve serious attention, questions that we should carefully consider. Faith isn't the sort of thing that will endure as long as our eyes are closed. The opposite, in fact: faith helps us see, and that means not shrinking from the ambiguities and the difficulties that provoke our most profound questions.
I'm a fan of questioning. My education was built on the notion not only that we need not fear questions, but that by the grace of God we have the safety and security to rush headlong into them and find ourselves better for it on the other side.
The past decade of my life I have continued that process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery. I can't claim to have always had the right disposition about my inquiries. (And all his friends and his spouse said "Amen!"). But I have never once quit caring about the learning, about the growth that is before us, and the questions that will lead us into it.
Which is why I want to look at questioning itself, to step back and examine how exploration and inquiry fits within the Christian life.
In our embrace of questioning, we must learn to question well. In our uncertainty, we must not give up the task of walking worthy of the calling which Christ has placed upon us. For we have not yet reached the end of our exploring.
What does it mean to question well? That's a good question.
-Matthew Lee Anderson
Table of Contents:
Chapter One: A Few Initial Thoughts about the Questioning Life
Chapter Two: When the Questions Are Not Neutral
Chapter Three: On Doubt and What Doubt Isn't
Chapter Four: What Counts as Satisfaction?
Chapter Five: The World and Our Questions of It
Chapter Six: The Liberation of Questioning
Chapter Seven: Communities of Inquiry
Chapter Eight: Friendship, Disagreement, and Our Fundamental Commitments
Chapter Nine: How to Ask a Good Question
Chapter Ten: The End of Our Exploring
Appendix One: How Not to Lose Your Faith in a Christian College
Appendix Two: Loving Those Who Leave
Confession of Gratitude
Posted by Rachel on 16th Aug 2013
We are suffering the consequences of a church culture that has viewed questioning as "denial", and has wanted to simplify the faith to a point of making intellectualism a bad word. This book starts at the foundation, shines a flood light on the problem and encourages its reader, through solid orthodox Christianity,to question and question well to know truth. Because it IS knowable and a rich part of this journey called life in Christ. Caution: You will find yourself wanting to highlight and "tweet" every sentence. Be Blessed.