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Questions That Haunt Christianity: Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Tony Jones
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Book Description

Why would a perfect God create an imperfect universe?

Why didn't Jesus rescue himself from the cross?

Will I retain my memories in Heaven?

Theologian Tony Jones tackles these and other questions -- real questions from real people -- in the first volume of his series, Questions That Haunt Christianity. Jones delivers thoughtful, commonsense answers and provokes serious conversation about issues from the most abstract to the commonplace.


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  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The JoPa Group; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C10MMZ8
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Here is the back story:
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.

The Book:
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not what you think April 24, 2013
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I usually avoid questions & answer books but because this was authored by Tony Jones I took the dive. Listen, this is a awesome book. The questions don't do much for me but Jones' answer do. They are fascinating. His answers range from non-traditional, not-what-you-expect, thoughtful and right on! Buy this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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What started as a series on Tony Jones' blog has now become an e-book, "Questions That Haunt Christianity, Volume 1". The premise is simple enough. Send Jones your questions about the Christian faith, and he'll try his best to answer them.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers without jargon August 20, 2013
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The theological questions that Tony chose to answer represent many that have haunted me. My sense in the Evangelical community is that most of our leaders and thinkers answer these questions in ways that keep them out of trouble. Tony seems to be in a place to study, to think, and to answer in ways that seem honest, without jargon. I just started his book called "A Better Atonement". It feels similar. He has a bit of an edge that seems unnecessary. His ideas are good enough on their own. The edge will alienate a few people, but I'd encourage readers to extend grace to the edge. On my faith journey his ideas are helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keep a dictionary close by July 19, 2013
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I was interested in the questions and DID find the not only the questions but the responses very good and thought provoking. The book is timely and I highlighted several areas to re-visit. The main reason I gave it 3 stars is that for the common person looking for insight into these questions they will find that Mr. Jones choose to use PhD level words in his responses. Most of us looking for answers are not in the custom of having those words in our vocabulary. I think that is one of the reasons that so many young people are shrugging their shoulders and not attempting to seek out answers to their questions about Jesus, God, religion, why this or why that. As a youth leader in my local church I would like a book that can address these questions in a down to earth text. I have honor students as well as special needs kids. The book served its purpose as I was able to use a dictionary to interpret the words I did not understand. Sometimes I wish writers would consider the complexity of the vocabulary to the reader. It messed up my flow while reading on several of the answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great resource for those who are searching April 17, 2014
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Tony Jones's answers are thought provoking and inspirational; he avoids the platitudes that many ministers fall back on. After several years of searching for answers to questions that most Christians are afraid or unwilling to ask, I feel like he was speaking to me. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with big faith questions.
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Tony Jones (M.Div., Ph.D.) is a theologian, professor, and writer. Currently, he serves as theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, and teaches in the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theologial Seminary. Tony has written ten books on Christian ministry, spirituality, prayer, and new church movements. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and dogs.

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