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Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy illustrated edition Edition

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"This book stirs deep reflection on the faith journeys of courageous people."―Lewis Rambo, San Francisco Theological Seminary

About the Author

Scot McKnight (Ph.D. University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University and author or editor of twelve books, including The Historical Jesus (2005), Turning to Jesus (2002), and Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (1992).

Hauna Ondrey is currently an M.A. candidate in theology at North Park Theological Seminary.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press; illustrated edition edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602581622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581623
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Southern Illinois, came of age in Freeport, Illinois, attended college in Grand Rapids, MI, seminary at Trinity in Deerfield, IL. Did a PhD at the University of Nottingham in England.

Now a professor at Northern Seminary.

Two children.

Kris, my wife, is a psychologist and the greatest woman on earth.

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In this book the authors have written four detailed chapter length studies of people who have converted: 1) away from the church to agnosticism/atheism; 2) away from the synagogue to the church, 3) away from the Catholic church to evangelicalism; and 4) away from evangelicalism to Catholicism.

McKnight argues that all conversions go through the same process, and even if none of them are identical, they fall into similar patterns. (p.1). His goal is to describe the conversion process with hopes that the patterns that emerge can be used to explain them, with the further goal that scholars and pastors "will work out the implications of conversion theory in the pastoral context." (pp. 231-236). He writes: "If mapping conversion theory shows anything...it shows the need for grace, humility, and openness to one another as we listen to and learn from one another's stories. The sincerity of each convert's (often opposite) experience underscores the need to learn from one's another's experience rather than denounce the other's experience." (p. 236)

While many people describe leaving a faith as a "deconversion," (which is the usual nomenclature) McKnight argues instead that deconversion stories are about "leaving from," instead of "coming to," but a deconversion follows the same process as a conversion. He writes: "All conversions are apostasies and all apostasies are therefore conversions.
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For some, faith is not life long. "Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy" is a scholarly look at conversion, evangelism, and those who change their faith and those who encourage them. Saying that most conversion is the result of a crisis and people responding to it, it is an explanation of the whole process, which will enlighten readers about their faith and those who convert and try to convert others. "Finding Faith, Losing Faith" is educational reading, a solid choice for religious collections.
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I was interested in this book by the title alone. Coming from an academic approach the patterns found by the authors research regarding faith experiences are thought provoking and raised some good discussion for me to work through and is good fodder for me to dialog with friends.
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This book is a very helpful toolin understanding what factors cause people to convert. Having grown up fundamentalist and now evangelical I have been intrigued by what attracts some evangelicals to Catholicism and others to agnosticism. The authors provide a clear, easily read and understood account. They are balanced in their approach and yet also shares some of their own thoughts on the subject. I also follow his blog at [...]
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