Beyond Doubt: Faith-Building Devotions on Questions Christians Ask

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Dec 1, 2001 - Religion - 335 pages
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From the pen of award-winning author Cornelius Plantinga Jr. comes this book of flesh-and-blood Christian meditations with a theological spine.

Building on the success of two earlier editions and now splendidly updated, Beyond Doubt unpacks the deep truths of the Christian faith by raising basic questions like What is God like? Why pray? What is the shape of the godly life? If the Lord is with us, why do we suffer? How do we face death?

Plantinga addresses such questions through short, vivid meditations, all written in the graceful, polished prose that he is celebrated for. Thoughtful and challenging throughout, the meditations each start with a Bible verse and end with a brief edifying prayer.

 

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Contents

How Do We Come to Know God?
3
What Is God Like?
15
If the Lord Is with Us Why Do We Suffer?
27
How Does God Act?
39
Why Pray?
51
What Has God Called Us to Do?
63
What Are We Like as Fallen?
77
What Are We Like as Redeemed?
89
But Why Are We Called Christian?
175
How Are We Saved?
189
What Do We Expect from Salvation?
201
What about Sin?
213
How Should We Handle Our Wealth?
225
How Can the Forgiven Forgive?
237
What Is the Shape of the Godly Life?
249
What Is the Nature of the Church?
263

How Then Should We See Ourselves?
101
World and Christian Community How Do We Fit?
113
Male and Female How Are We Related?
125
How Do People See Jesus?
139
What Did Jesus Do?
151
What Is Jesus Doing?
163
What Does the Institutional Church Do?
275
How Is the Church Related to the State and the Kingdom of God?
287
How Do We Face the Future?
301
How Do We Face Death?
313
What about the Consummation?
325
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