Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Can God Be Trusted? Finding Faith in Troubled Times

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Can God Be Trusted? Finding Faith in Troubled Times

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CAN GOD BE TRUSTED? FINDING FAITH IN TROUBLED TIMES by Thomas D. Williams Faith Words, 224 pages, $19.99

America suffers from a crisis of trust. From the bedroom to the boardroom, fear, suspicion, and that distinctly American self-reliance make the phrase "In God We Trust" ring hollow. To counter this pervasive trend, Williams develops a theology of trust. Tied to the virtue of faith, trust always involves a certain risk. The cost-benefit analysis, however, makes that risk not only worthwhile, but necessary as well. Only in giving ourselves to others do we truly come alive. In this way, dependence becomes not weakness, but tremendous spiritual strength.

Williams explores why anyone, and especially God, is worthy of our trust, and looks at the challenges and expectations that accompany such a "letting go and letting God." So often we are tempted to rely on our own education or talent or wealth that we reduce God to a divine parachute. Only a poverty of spirit that makes room for God can allow our trust in him to bear fruit. …

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