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Does having faith mean abandoning reason? It’s easy to get that impression. Still, it seems reasonable that a supremely intelligent God would want you to use your God-given intellect on your spiritual journey as much as in any other aspect of your life. Faith may not stand on rational thinking alone, but a solid faith should walk hand in hand with intellectual integrity.

Does it really matter what I believe? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Why are there so many religions? Do all paths lead to the same God? This book helps you sort through the questions, objections, and concerns you can’t help but raise. A Search for What Makes Sense will help you think your way clearly and honestly to answers that satisfy because they’re your answers—conclusions you’ve arrived at personally without manipulation, coercion, or game-playing.

For faith to exist and grow it’s got to make sense—good sense, carefully-thought-out sense. And chances are it does.

FINDING FAITH

The Finding Faith books A Search for What Makes Sense and A Search for What Is Real don’t try to tell you what to believe; they are guides in learning how to believe. If you think the spiritual journey requires turning your back on honesty and intellectual integrity, these two companion volumes will speak to both your mind and your soul.

About the Author

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's also a senior fellow with emergent (www.emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders.

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Product Details

  • Series: Finding Faith
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272661
  • ASIN: B001OOLENI
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. Named by Time magazine as one of America's top twenty-five evangelicals, McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and has been covered by The Washington Post and the New York Times.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Oord on June 5, 2007
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While I agree with the reviewer below that the book would have been better packaged along with its companion, let me recomomend this first book as an outstanding contribution to exploring the big questions of life. It really does make sense!

The text is easily accessible; it's not a detailed analysis meant for specialists in philosophy of religion (like me). I plan to require it for my university students, but I think it will work especially well in my general theology courses aimed at adults who are not tightly connected with the Church.

My only substantive criticisms are that 1) I wish Brian had openly embraced evolutionary theory as compatible with belief in God. His general position in this book and others seems especially compatible with theistic evolution. Perhaps he wanted to side-step the complexities of the evolution controversy, but I think the book would have been stronger had he explored the issues directly. (He did mentioned that he enjoys the work of theistic evolutionist John Haught.)

I also think that 2) Brian's general position on the God-world relationship is a version of pan-en-theism (not pantheism). He doesn't address that possibility in the book -- again probably because it's aimed at a broad audience.

Having mentioned these minor criticisms, I should come clean and acknowledge that I'm willing to look past just about any differences of opinion upon learning that Brian likes listening to Bruce Cockburn! : ) (p. 117)

Thomas Jay Oord
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By One Shoe In The Road on March 6, 2007
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If you've read Brian Mclaren's Finding Faith you've already read this book. It is a repackaging of Finding Faith into two separate books. I did like Finding Faith which I would have rated 5 stars. I give this book only 1 star not for the content but for misleading me into buying what I thought was a different book. Save yourself some $ and buy Finding Faith. A Search For What Makes Sense & A Search For What Is Real rolled into one book.
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A great read for anyone looking for a way to accommodate this complex world and make sense of the conflicting messages and outright ERRORS found in many religious teachings, yet without losing their faith. A wonderful program for strengthening a person's faith while coming to grips with the mysteries we all encounter here on earth and in explanations of the afterlife. Very clear and interesting writing style. There is no agenda here other than help people choose God without the (too often observed) necessity of condemning and judging others for believing differently. An expansive journey through religion rather than a constricting one!!! Will purchase other books from this author for his refreshing viewpoint and clarity of his writing style.
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Easy read. Author details all the arguments for and against faith with himself that he has at times questioned his own faith. Many of us who are professed Christians have at different times questioned our faith when things were against us not of our own doing such diseases of children, wars, various genocides, etc. It is easy to blame God for these but in Genesis, man made a choice for freedom to our own thing. God gave us freedom of choice. The points made by Brian will be used by me in a "moot court" to be held as a kickoff for a fall of a adult Sunday School class named "animate" published and available through Augsburg Press.
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For anyone who has had doubts or even would like to learn more about faith - This is the book to read. He outlines it and works through issues with a sense of factuality, reality and spirituality. He never pushes his beliefs, but encourages the reader to look at the issues of faith with a new perspective.
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Great book! I used the first few chapters with my teenage son as we prepared for his church confirmation. I also plan to keep this book in my "tool bag" because I think will be beneficial in the future.
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