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The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faithby Matthew Lee Anderson
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A Note from the Author -
What does it mean to ask a question?
That's a funny way of putting it, isn't it? The answer seems perfectly obvious: people want information, so they make an inquiry. What else could a question mean, if it's more than that?
It's pretty popular these days to say that Christians ought to ask the hard questions. And for good reason: it's true. There are challenges that deserve serious attention, questions that we should carefully consider. Faith isn't the sort of thing that will endure as long as our eyes are closed. The opposite, in fact: faith helps us see, and that means not shrinking from the ambiguities and the difficulties that provoke our most profound questions.
I'm a fan of questioning. My education was built on the notion not only that we need not fear questions, but that by the grace of God we have the safety and security to rush headlong into them and find ourselves better for it on the other side.
The past decade of my life I have continued that process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery. I can't claim to have always had the right disposition about my inquiries. (And all his friends and his spouse said "Amen!"). But I have never once quit caring about the learning, about the growth that is before us, and the questions that will lead us into it.
Which is why I want to look at questioning itself, to step back and examine how exploration and inquiry fits within the Christian life.
In our embrace of questioning, we must learn to question well. In our uncertainty, we must not give up the task of walking worthy of the calling which Christ has placed upon us. For we have not yet reached the end of our exploring.
What does it mean to question well? That's a good question.
-Matthew Lee Anderson
A Note from the
Do we know what it means to question well?
We need not fear questions, but by the grace of God, we have the safety and security to rush headlong into them and find ourselves better for it on the other side.
Faith isn't the sort of thing that will endure as long as our eyes are closed. The opposite, in fact: Faith helps us see, and that means not shrinking from the ambiguities and the difficulties that provoke our most profound questions.
In our embrace of questioning, we must learn to question well. In our uncertainty, we must not give up the task of walking worthy of the calling that Christ has placed upon us. For we have not yet reached the end of our exploring.
About the Author
MATTHEW LEE ANDERSON is the Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy and is studying for an M.Phil. in Christian Ethics at Oxford University. He has explored the relationships between evangelicalism and politics and the generational shifts in evangelicalism. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith, in which he explores how Christian theology shapes our thinking about issues like human sexuality, tattoos, and death. His work has appeared at the Washington Post, CNN, Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Relevant, The City, and various other places. He lives in Oxford with his wife.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: A Few Initial Thoughts about the Questioning Life
Chapter Two: When the Questions Are Not Neutral
Chapter Three: On Doubt and What Doubt Isn't
Chapter Four: What Counts as Satisfaction?
Chapter Five: The World and Our Questions of It
Chapter Six: The Liberation of Questioning
Chapter Seven: Communities of Inquiry
Chapter Eight: Friendship, Disagreement, and Our Fundamental Commitments
Chapter Nine: How to Ask a Good Question
Chapter Ten: The End of Our Exploring
Appendix One: How Not to Lose Your Faith in a Christian College
Appendix Two: Loving Those Who Leave
Confession of Gratitude
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