Magazine article Anglican Journal

Andrew Hutchison Values the Dialogue

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Andrew Hutchison Values the Dialogue

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Why Christian? For Those on the Edge of Faith by Douglas John Hall Fortress Press 203 pages, $22.95

"IT'S ... DOUBTING faith--or faithful doubt--that I want to dialogue with here. I think I understand it. It's where I live too, most of the time." So says Douglas John Hall, professor emeritus of McGill University.

Clergy and laity alike may have good reason for tuning into this dialogue during Lent. So many who occupy the pews of our churches seem to fit the description of being "on the edge of faith," not to mention the many who do not associate with a congregation, but are on private journeys of discovery. It is precisely this dialogue between doubt and faith into which we are invited during the days of Lent, if our reaffirmation of faith at Easter is to mean anything.

Dr. Hall draws upon the rich experience of more than 40 years as a theologian, teacher, and ordained minister to develop a composite inquirer, with whom he dialogues in his book. The inquirer has a superficial acquaintance with Christianity. The author believes that many young people have no particular fight with Christianity, but that they are sufficiently distanced from it to be curious about it again. …

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