At the tenth anniversary meeting of the Good Faith Book Club on Saturday, we discussed the certainties of faith expressed in our 60th book, Courage for the Discouraged by Simon Lawton. As an antidote, we have chosen for our next book The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns. We will be discussing this on Zoom at our next meeting on Saturday, March 26th. We will see what we make of the book and this blurb:
"The controversial evangelical Bible scholar and author of The Bible Tells Me So explains how Christians mistake "certainty" and "correct belief" for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy.With compelling and often humorous stories from his own life, Bible scholar Peter Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, answering questions that cannot be addressed by the idealized traditional doctrine of "once for all delivered to the saints."
Enns offers a model of vibrant faith that views scepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide.Combining Enns' reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms."
For an invite to the next meeting, please contact David Neville at email@example.com.