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The Sin of Certainty
The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our "Correct" Beliefs | Peter Enns
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The controversial 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, Bible scholar 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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Good book. Author essentially argues that faith is not a “what do you know?” question and more about “who do you trust?”. I appreciated this new way of thinking (for me). It is hard for me to think about how it works out in the long run but still I am encouraged. Seeking to know the right things and be the most right is not the center of Christian faith.

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"When holding to correct thinking becomes the center, we have shrunk faith in God to an intellectual exercise, a human enterprise, where differences need to be settled through debate first before faith can get off the ground."

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