|In chapter 2, Bell explores faiththe faith of Christians and the misconceptions non-Christians make about them, as well as the faith of non-Christians and other misconceptions. He explores the incredible amount of faith an atheist person must have and how everyone, like it or not, has faith in something. From that starting point, Bell dives into the truth in Christianity and the history of Christian faith all the way back to Moses. He closes this section with an explanation of how Jesus invites us to follow him”an invitation to follow Jesus with all our doubts and questions right there with us.”
The following pages focus on what many of those questions might be. Bell does a great job of guiding the reader through these questions without imposing answers.
The next section, titled “Yoke,” reveals the ways we can talk to God, how that relates to the Bible, and the historical evidence in support of Bell’s philosophy. Bell even does an entire section on ancient rabbis’ method for communication and interpretation. Also in this chapter, Bell explores specific scripture and explains the process of “binding and loosing” and the method of weighing interpretations against the original Greek and Hebrew text.
At its core, the focus of this book is to wrestle with what to believe and applying that to our modern and post-modern context. Bell is compelling in his writing and rarely pulls punches.
In chapter 4, he shares his personal experience with ministry, faith, and his on-going struggle. Authenticity pours out of his story and Bell makes it amazingly easy for a fledgling Christian to relate with a pastor of a congregation of 30,000 members and growing.
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