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- Print Length: 87 pages
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- Publisher: The JoPa Group; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C10MMZ8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Questions That Haunt Christianity: Volume 1 Kindle Edition
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I met Tony a few weeks ago by happen stance. During our meeting he mentioned he had a blog. I read a few of the posts and comments. Their are a few nuggets in the blog so I followed Tony on Twitter... One night later that week I was having insomnia and got a tweet that this book just came out. I figured on a whim I would read it (for a couple bucks the chance to get to play with my Kindle rather than navigate the blog site was a bet I was willing to make). So I started the book thinking "I'll kill a few hours between 2 and 4AM reading this" .... My expectations were not very high.
YES!! Well done! The book isn't a typical 1,000,000 word book to say something that could be summarized in a few sentences (publishers drive authors to write more words than are often needed). The book is hard questions and frank answers. Tony has a tone of authority but also an ability to leave the answer in the space of his opinion challenging the reader to establish their own answers. He doesn't back down from some really challenging topics (that I'm sure will upset some folks who are more fundamentalist in their views than Tony).
The summary of Tony's approach can be best said by Tony himself in the last paragraph in the first chapter, "In the end, you may,  find all of my answers to those questions disappointing. I suppose that, like you, I'd prefer a Christianity without any internal inconsistencies. But that's no the promise of Christianity. Instead, Christianity promises a narrative that meshes with our experience - and my experience of life is fie with inconsistency and paradox. What Christianize offers me is a vision of God that more or less matches my experiences of life."
In a book of tough questions Tony provides a direct answer but at the same time doesn't always give a consistent answer.. because life isn't always consistent.
The good news is Jones never tries to give the stereotypical Christian response of "God's ways are higher than our ways." In fact, sometimes the only answer Jones can give is, "I don't know," which is both refreshing and unsatisfying. Being a Doubting Thomas, my head is full of questions, and sometimes I just need a clear answer. But if a Ph.D like Jones isn't able to answer my questions, does that mean the Christian faith isn't worth it? Or does it mean the Christian faith isn't meant to be understood intellectually? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, you should check this book out and see if you find any answers to your questions. And if you have a question that isn't answered in this book, feel free to send your questions to Jones on his blog.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was disappointing. Not up to his standards. I bought it because his name. I really want to return it for my money. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M Twain
Tony Jones's answers are thought provoking and inspirational; he avoids the platitudes that many ministers fall back on. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. E. Boldt
I was really impressed with Tony's answers to difficult questions. Some of the questions were ones that are often asked and others are not as obvious. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angell
This book is a good resource for those who wish to share, dicuss and engage the Gospel to others in the reality of a questioning world. It is a good beginning.Published on December 14, 2013 by PB
Leaves more questions than answers by producing what appears to be apologies rather than apologetic answers to the haunting questions. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Roger D. Anderson