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9780787975920 / 0787975923

The Last Word and the Word after That: A Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity

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Publisher:Jossey-Bass

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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For all those seeking more authentic ways to hold and practice Christian faith, Brian McLaren has been an inspiring, compassionateand provocativevoice. Starting with the award-winning A New Kind of Christian, McLaren offered a lively, wide-ranging fictional conversation between Pastor Dan Poole and his friend Neil Oliver as they reflected about faith, doubt, reason, mission, leadership, and spiritual practice in the emerging postmodern world. That conversation widened to include several intriguing new characters in the sequel, The Story We Find Ourselves In, as Dan and friends continued to explore faith-stretching themes from evolution to evangelism, from death to the meaning of life. Now, in this third installment of their adventures, Dan and his widening circle of friends grapple with conventional Christian teachings about hell and judgment and what they mean for our relationship with God and each other. Is there an alternative to the usual polar views of a just God short on mercy or a merciful God short on justice?  Could our conflicted views of hell be symptoms of a deeper set of problems  misunderstandings about what Gods justice and mercy are about, misconceptions about Gods purpose in creating the world, deep misgivings about what kind of character God is and what the Christian gospel is for?

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