Christian Atheist: Belonging Without Believing
Christian Atheist examines the growing religious phenomenon of those who are drawn to Christianity without accepting its metaphysical claims or dogma. Throughout the history of the Church there have been many people like this who have sat differently to the central creedal claims, but in the contemporary 'god delusion' culture, more are coming out to claim acceptance for their views. The key to the book is a set of interviews with people who fall broadly into the 'Christian Atheist' category; some are more agnostic and less sceptical than others, but what they have in common is the rejection of traditional belief in God, counterbalanced by an admiration for the aesthetic genius of Christianity (leading to a sense of deeper value), the Christian moral compass, and in some cases the community aspect of Christian life.
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I found this book so riveting that I read it and completed in a two days after collecting it from the post office. It came to me at the right time, when I was thinking of the way forward after my loss of belief in God. This is the book I just needed to map out my future after being thrown out of the Evangelical Church.
The book's focus is much towards mainline Christianity. I can't see how I can apply its advice inside a fundamentalist Evangelical Church that I have been a part of for 45 years. I then decided to use the advice and apply it on my social network interactions.
To give a brief personal history; I was raised and bred inside the Evangelical Church and stayed there for 45 years. Became a Pastor within the Evangelical Church and stayed there for 25 years. It was on August 2007, just after I turned 45 that I had a mystical experience. This was after I had just completed reading 'The God Delusion' by Prof. Richard Dawkins. The voice (coming from within me) was very clear and unambiguous. "THE GOD RICHARD DAWKINS TALKS ABOUT DOES NOT EXIST". This then began a very long journey into deep reading. After I shared the experience with a trusted Pastor friend, He introduced me to the works of liberal scholars. I've read a lot over the past eight years of my new journey. The book just became the topping on a long list.