Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions

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Harper Collins, 2010 - Religion - 232 pages
Eighty years after the Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trial of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. Growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetics, Evans asks questions she never thought she would ask. She learns that in order for her faith to survive in a postmodern context, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty, through doubt, to faith, Evans adds a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue about postmodernism and the church that has so captivated the Christian community in recent years. In a changing cultural environment where new ideas threaten the safety and security of the faith, Evolving in Monkey Town is a fearlessly honest story of survival.
 

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Wow, this is a great book. If you have grown up in a very conservative, Fundamentalist church, and have ever had deep questions and doubts, you will likely resonate with Rachel. She comes across as an ... Read full review

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Evans' memoirs of her early years growing up in Christianity strike a chord with those who are seeking and questioning their faith. Her stories of struggling with various preconceived fundamentals of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
13
The Best Christian Attitude Award
27
June the Ten Commandments Lady
45
Monkey Town
51
Greg the Apologist
65
Nathan the Soldier
83
When Believers Ask
89
Jesus God in Sandals
101
Mark the Evangelist
157
Judgment Day
161
Adele the Oxymoron
177
Sword Drills
181
CHange
188
Sam the Feminist
199
Adaptation
203
Dan the Fixer
213

Survivors Guilt
109
John the Revelator
121
Higher Ways
127
Laxmi the Widow
139
God Things
145
Living the Questions
217
Acknowledgments
229
Notes 229
231
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Rachel Held Evans was born Rachel Grace Held in Alabama on June 8, 1981. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Bryan College in 2003. She started working for The Herald-News in 2004. In 2007, she won an award from the Tennessee Press Association for the best personal humor column. An Episcopalian, she left the evangelical church in 2014 to find what she considered a truer, more authentic Christianity. She wrote four books including Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions; A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master; and Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. She died from extensive brain swelling on May 4, 2019 at the age of 37.

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