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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687069777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687069774
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book many years ago and recently decided to read it again.
Stephen L. Smith
We are using this book for our bible study group and we didn't even get to the first chapter!
Shari L. Paris
If anything, it will increase your faith in yourself and in Christianity!
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Christian Agnostic is one of the most important books of my life. It showed me a way back from my confusing Missouri-Synod Lutheran religious upbringing to be able to look at Jesus' life and what he taught anew, and feel that Jesus would welcome me. Leslie Weatherhead was probably the second best known British Christian writer of the mid 20th century (after his friend, C.S. Lewis). At the end of his tenure as minister of the Methodist Temple in London he wrote this book because he was upset that so many people were turned off to looking at Jesus and what he taught because they were told they had to sign on the dotted line and believe all of this doctrine and dogma about him. Weatherhead writes that Jesus simply asked us to "follow me" and learn to love God and our neighbors -- and points out reasons that some thinking people question elements of Christian doctrine. As an example, while Weatherhead himself believes in Christ's literal resurrection, he spells out why others may reasonably take a more metaphysical approach to the subject. If we would only look where Jesus pointed -- and practice loving God and our neighbors instead of fighting over what we do or don't believe about him, we would be so better off. This book is a treasure and I thank Leslie Weatherhead for writing it.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Brad Fregger on April 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book over 30 years ago when I was a struggling young Christian trying to make sense of other philosophies and beliefs that I was exposed to, even drawn to. Weatherhead cleared out the cobwebs, let me know that I could wonder about some things, even believe other things, and still be a Christian, still accept the living Jesus in my life. In fact, reading this book helped make it possible. This was one of the most important books in my life.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a perpetually confused Christian, this book spoke to me.I was searching for a way to come to terms with certain Biblical stories and teachings that didn't make sense to me. Dr. Weatherhead put everything I was feeling into words. And hearing my thoughts stated so matter-of-factly from such an astute and well-respected theologian really helped me to know I was not crazy after all. He was also able to blend modern Spiritualist theory into Christianity (I just knew they didn't have to be mutually exclusive). I highly recommend this book!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Smith on July 1, 2005
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I read this book many years ago and recently decided to read it again. I am totally amazed at the willingness of Leslie Weatherhead to open the Christian Faith to open minded thinking. He says it's ok to be an agnostic about the doctrinal stuff, and still find great meaning and life in the core of the faith. He then proceeds to open mindedly deal with many issues in an "outside the box" kind of way. I did not agree with everything he says, but he does not require this. He gives the thinking Christian permission and blessing to think for himself or herself, and insists, that the truth of Christianity is that which we grasp and apprehend for ourselves, the rest can be stored in an imaginary file in the mind. He writes with warmth and humility. He was one of the great preachers and pastors of our time. Everyone, Christian or not, will be enriched by this special book. It was written many years ago, and dated in some respects, but the flavor of Weatherhead is a wonderful flavor indeed. I loved it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Stafford on May 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was ~17 years old; I am now 61. This book made such an impression on me that I still use it as a reference for helping people understand the "not understandable" happenings in their lives. Probably the best book I have ever read for making sense of those things in our lives that we cannot match up to the commonly accepted dogma related to God, Jesus, and Religion. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with believing/not believing in God.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Fred W Hood on January 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the early 1980's following marriages of both my daugthers, it seemed as-if their husbands went thru that crisis of Faith when they wondered about the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, and the Holy Trinity...Whatever was on their list of Doubts! About that time, Barbara was leading her continuing Book Club Searches! She happened upon this awesome Psychologic/Philosophic/Theological+ Sermonic Book of Leslie Weatherhead! A great contrast to some of the other Reviews.

After passing it off to Randy, who taught a Sunday School Class of Young Adults and to Steven, a Junior Deacon in the University of Georgia College Church, within a few weeks both commented on their pleasure and help received from the esteemed ENLISHMAN! Since they knew his relationship to C. S. Lewis, they expected what they learned from Professor/Teacher/Pastor Weatherhead!

Later in early 1990 as Prison Chaplain, It came upon my Top 10 book-list passed-off to Inmates who asked me for suggestions in RE-Building their Christian Faith! I will be forever indebted to Sir Leslie Weatherhead! Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book gives a persuasive account of why an intelligent theological Christian believes in Christian values while recognising the legitimate doubts others. It raises questions on the factual reality surrounding the life of Jesus while reaffirming the strength of Christian values. An excellent and thought provoking piece.
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