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By Robert P. Vande Kappelle

the present age marks the transition from modernity to postmodernity, a interval as impactful to the Western sensibility as any prior period. The position of faith and the way forward for Christianity are at stake. at the moment of transition, many considerate contributors locate themselves at a trouble, having reached a "critical degree" of their religious trip. triggered through academia, technology, cause, tradition, and their very own adventure, they think forced to select from the ideals they inherited as teenagers and the claims of technology, cause, pluralism, and secularism. Beyond Belief means that one don't need to take an either/or process on those matters; there's a larger approach, one who embraces event and ambiguity, technological know-how and faith, cause and religion, evolution and production, and unearths how you can stay creatively with realities for which there are not any effortless explanations.

Building on a paradigmatic trip of religion that comprises 3 levels (precritical, serious, and postcritical understanding), Beyond Belief describes the search for God and for real religion within the twenty-first century. the main aspect for this figuring out is to switch trust with religion, acknowledging that trust in doctrines isn't vital, when you consider that they're themselves unprovable. This new theological standpoint calls for rethinking lots of our loved doctrines, together with our knowing of God, Jesus, Scripture, prayer, miracles, and revelation.

"Thoughtfulness and breadth distinguish Beyond Belief. What i believe all started as an essay on technological know-how and religion grew right into a extensive theological mirrored image on God, historical past, the Bible, and private event. This publication lays out many demanding situations encountered by means of considerate Christians and argues for a 'post-critical realizing' of Christianity at the foundation of those demanding situations. Vande Kappelle's large own background has produced a publication with a impressive spectrum of sources."
--Joel W. Cannon, Professor of Physics, Washington & Jefferson College

"Socrates stated, 'The unexamined lifestyles isn't really worthy living.' Beyond Belief demonstrates that an unexamined religion isn't really worthy following. Vande Kappelle does a masterful task with a sophisticated and arguable subject with out sacrificing his integrity or his religion tale. it is a guy who has skilled God in such a lot of ways in which he's getting to know he can by no means event all of God."
--Daniel A. Stinson, cleric, collage teacher, and foreign travel host

"Religion continuously evolves, as does one's idea. Likewise, Torah is ongoing and not static. Beyond Belief displays a fashion of pondering that's present in glossy Orthodox Judaism, wherein a synthesis exists among faith and secular knowledge."
--Rabbi David C. Novitsky, Beth Israel Synagogue

Robert P. Vande Kappelle is university Chaplain and Chair of non secular stories at Washington & Jefferson university in Washington, Pennsylvania. he's the writer of diverse articles and books, together with the volumes that include his "Adventures in Spirituality" trilogy: Love by no means Fails (2006), The Invisible Mountain (2010), and Into skinny Places (2011). he's an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

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