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God is not an idea. Christian faith is not a set of propositions you either believe or reject. According to a proper Trinitarian understanding, God is essentially relationship, a relationship of sheer, active, ecstatic, self-giving love. If we truly are encountered by this magnificent love of the Trinity, then faith becomes a living and active daily practice. Just like a healthy marriage or a close and loyal friendship, it becomes something you choose every day.

This “51% Christian” moniker is a ridiculous label with a deadly serious point. You now have permission to doubt, to question, to get angry at God. But, in the end, it’s not about you. Faith is about relationship: a living, daily relationship, based on trust, and active in concrete, daily practices.

With this sort of freedom in grace, Stenberg takes a fresh new look at theology, thirteen topics that, one by one, examine the best of what the Bible and the history of Christian practitioners have to say. Looking through this grace-based, radically relational lens, the author offers a lively and engaging discussion of topics such as creation, violence, love, death, heaven, and hell. You might not always agree. But you will not be bored.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Getting Rid of God
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1 How the Cheatin' Heart of Modernity Double-Crossed the Doctrine of Revelation
  2. pp. 9-20
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  1. 2 Death to the Conceptual Trinity! An Anti-Monotheistic Manifesto
  2. pp. 21-30
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  1. 3 De-Greekifying the Divine, or How to Quit Thinking about God
  2. pp. 31-40
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  1. 4 Jesus Has a Question for You
  2. pp. 41-50
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  1. 5 (Jesus Bonus Chapter) Dear God: Why Couldn't Jesus Have Been a Girl?
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. 6 Why Your Theory of the Atonement Sucks
  2. pp. 61-74
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  1. 7 Holy Spirit Revival, Featuring Live Snake Handling
  2. pp. 75-88
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  1. 8 God and Creation: How I Got Over My Pantheist Envy
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. 9 How to Read the Bible Backward
  2. pp. 99-114
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  1. 10 The Seven Deadly Myths about Sin, or How to Sin like a Christian
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. 11 (The Hell Chapter) On Heaven, Hell, and the Last Judgment: The Second Voyage of Saint Brendan
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. 12 Toward an Ethics of Butt-Kickin' Grace
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 13 The Church: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Sects but Were Afraid to Ask
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. Conclusion So Much Straw: The Transience of Theology
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 173-179
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781506401140
Related ISBN
9781506400198
MARC Record
OCLC
927298889
Pages
190
Launched on MUSE
2015-11-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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