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Choosing Your Faith: In a World of Spiritual Options Hardcover – Unabridged, March 1, 2008
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Think about your day so far. This morning, you got up and, by faith, had breakfast, trusting that nobody in the house had laced your food with poison. You stopped at a coffee shop and somehow trusted those characters behind the counter (is that really a good idea?) not to put some kind of harmful or spoiled substance in your triple-shot, extra foam, grande latte. You got to work--maybe even took the elevator?--and sat in a chair, by faith, without testing it first to see if it was still strong enough to hold you up. You started your computer and typed in confidential information, even though you knew that the latest Internet virus could take that information and broadcast it to everyone in your address book. At lunch, you went out for a walk and paused to bend down and pat a stranger's dog, believing you wouldn't become one of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by a dog each year (of whom 1,008 have to go to the emergency room "every day"). Then, at the end of the workday, you aimed your car toward home and drove down the street, trusting-but-not-really-knowing that some sixteen-year-old NASCAR wannabe driver wouldn't be out drag-racing his friends, careening toward you at a high rate of speed.
No doubt about it--you live your life by faith every day, even in the mundane details. You may have what seem like good reasons for your faith, which is fine, but you could also be wrong about some of your conclusions. And some of those mistakes could be serious, even life-threatening.
Your beliefs--from your everyday beliefs to your beliefs about the ultimate purpose of life--are the source for how you live.
Many of us spend more time reading about which SUV we should buy or what clothes we should wear than we do on what beliefs we should hold.
Have you chosen your beliefs wisely?
In "Choosing Your Faith, " Mark Mittelberg helps you investigate the reasons why to believe--and why it matters so much.
From the Back Cover
How You Live.
HAVE YOU CHOSEN WISELY?
Do You Know
Why You Believe
What You Do?
Mark Mittelberg explores why our beliefs are so crucial for everyday life. Discover today the source of your beliefs and how to choose your beliefs wisely.
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-Logic and Evidence
The author is quick to admit that Christians use all the first five methods as well as the sixth. In other words, he acknowledged that many Christians cannot give a logical reason for believing in God and they rely on tradition, authority, intuition or mysticism. If faith in the Christin God is the right faith, then it won't hurt them at all. If it is not, they are in big trouble by their own account.
The author opens his discussion on relativism by pointing out that an atheist (Richard Dawkins) was correct when he says that something is either true or not true when he was discussing religion with Bill O'Reilly and that O'Reilly was wrong when he said that Jesus was true for him. The arguments against relativism are fullproof and show that no one really believes that "all religions lead to God" (before you get upset by my comment, read the books arguments, trust me - there is no logical way to hold onto that view - you'll see).
There is no question that the author is more critical of Mormonism, Islam, and Buddhism (among others) than he is of the Christian faith. For a critical analysis of the supposed Christian faith, see ...Read more ›
Mark begins by exploring the nature of faith itself, then moves into a discussion of six common paths to faith. He is quite fair in two different ways. First, he is fair in his representation of these paths to faith, frequently acknowledging where they have strengths. But he is also fair to the truth and will not shortchange the truth for the sake of political correctness. If something is wrong or inconsistent, he will draw that out. What he does not ever do, however, is ridicule any position he disagrees with.Read more ›
Many books are out there that try to tell the reader what to believe about making a decision about religion/spirituality. This one takes a completely different approach. Written by Mark Mittelberg, this volume examines various methods that different people use in deciding on the biggest question of all in life.
It is clear that he wrote this book based upon his own experiences. Raised as a Christian, when he got to college he realized that this was his parents' choice. He began a careful examination that led to his own decision. Many of us have been similarly influenced by parents. One hopes that all of us will make the effort to intelligently come to our own well based decision.
The author makes the point that everyone lives by faith in many areas of life. He clearly demonstrates the truth of this by citing some very common examples that apply to everyone. He then examines different decision methods including: relativism, tradition, intuition, mysticism, authority, and logic/evidence.
Ultimately nothing is more important than choosing the right road to take in the 'religion' realm as the consequences are eternal. In spite of that, Mr. Mittelberg makes the point that many, if not most, of us 'spend more time reading up on, researching, and seeking wisdom about decisions that are of low-to-moderate importance - like what bike to purchase, which car or SUV to drive', etc.
After exploring the various methods outlined above, Mittelberg takes a look at Christianity. He provides a lot of powerful evidence for this choice. In chapters 9-12, the book is a very well done lesson on Christian apologetics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book - quick read with practical applications for real world use.Published 21 days ago by Michael Nagel
This is a very well written book and the subject is timely. There seems to be a blind mindset that there are options. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
In Choosing Your Faith Mark Mittelberg explores the different paths that lead one to accepting a faith: Relativism, Tradition, Authority, Intuition, Mysticism, Logic and Evidence. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Victoria
The book is easy to read and guides the reader through some great questions about how to choose your faith. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by John D. Finley
No matter what your faith or religious views, this book makes so much sense and uses logic to talk about all faiths. A must read for the strong or weak in faith!Published on February 4, 2013 by Ohnickie
I was very disappointed by this book. I knew the author was a Christian, but expected a serious consideration of other faiths. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Malic
This is a very good book for people with questions about their faith. If you choose to purchase this book, get the small booklet that compliments this book called "Your Faith Path"... Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Small Fry