- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Cowley Publications; English Language edition (January 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0936384697
- ISBN-13: 978-0936384696
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So You Think You're Not Religious?: A Thinking Person's Guide to the Church Paperback – January, 1989
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Adams makes some very useful points in this layman-oriented book. First, many churches--especially Espiscopal churches, his home base--are open to skeptics. Second, many skeptics have more beliefs than they realize. Third, many of your pewmates are more flexible than you may think and perhaps they are somewhat skeptical themselves. Fourth, reciting the ancient creeds is not a scientific formula ("WE belive THAT") but instead a confession of corporate hope and longing ("WE believe IN"). Adams even adds some helpful pointers on how to go "church-shopping"--very useful in this age of ecclesiastical diversity (for example: in other countries of the world, an "Anglican" church is merely a church that is descended from the Church of England, but here in the USA it's often used as a code word to indicate conservatism of style and theology).
My quibbles with Adams' generous and useful book are minor.Read more ›
Several years ago, I decided that I wished to explore the possibility of returning to the Episcopal church, but I hesitated for a year or so because I knew that I did not share all the professed tenants of that faith, nor did I see any possibility that I could do so in the future.
I came across this book on Amazon, ordered it, and was ecstatic to discover that so many other Episcopalians, indeed many clergy, share my skepticism about basic Christian dogma; the virgin birth, transubstantiation; the bodily ascension, even the concept of original sin, to give several examples. I learned that belief in these tenets is not a requirement to full participation in an Episcopal congregation. I was tremendously gratified to discover this, and subsequently joined an Episcopal church, and am very, very happy with my choice!
It was such a relief to discover that I was not alone in my doubts. That in fact, my skepticism is very common in the Episcopal church. For other skeptics out there who are looking for a good church "home"; who love the comfort of the liturgy and the familiar rituals but who cannot "believe" parts of the Nicene Creed or Statement of Faith; This book is made-to-order for you! Highly recommended!
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We need more books like this. I sure like the way it made me stretch my brain cells. So often theology is something that we avoid thinking about. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by L. Bruce
James Adams' book is the best introuduction to Christianity and the Episcopal Church that I've seen for "skeptical" types--scientists, other agnostics, and spouses of... Read morePublished on February 24, 2004