The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our Correct Beliefs

Book, 2016, 230 pp
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The 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, 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 skepticism 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.

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"This book is poignant. Partly for the author's own vulnerability, but also because it points to the depth that's missing in some contemporary expressions of faith.

Enns goes through the Bible, history, and contemporary criticisms nimbly to explain where we're at in 2017. But then he invites us not to disengage from God or the Bible, but rather to engage with them on much deeper levels... Levels of trust and love and faithfulness instead of being certain we have the right answers.

It's so good... all of it. I, for one, am glad to have come across the writing of Pete Enns. I highly recommend this book" - Kyle Penner, pastor
TopicDoubt/Questions Of Faith

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