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Good ministers and preachers still have doubts. If you haven't got them, if you believe you've found the answer in this or that practice, ritual or scripture, and that that is the universal truth for everyone, at all time, you've lost it. The answer is in the search, in growing in wisdom, experience and love. The myths, stories and doctrines of Christianity have shaped our culture, the way we think and act, and they can still help us on our path if we let them, give them room to breathe and change us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2006
Publisher O Books
ISBN 1905047762 ISBN13 9781905047765
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clarity from the fuzzy edge Sep 4, 2007
Paul Walker describes his book as a "contribution from the edge." Christianity's edge is increasingly fuzzy and porous. There are huge numbers of people who find themselves somewhere along the edge - bored by church liturgies, unimpressed by doctrinal certitude, turned off by the self-importance of the clergy, but still searching. Walker's book is a contribution not only from the edge, but to it.
An Anglican minister, Walker writes with a degree of honesty and soul searching on topics such as prayer, God, Jesus, the Bible, and morality that is unexpected in a clergyman. For example, he once emphasized the centrality of prayer in his preaching, he admits, while never quite succeeding at it himself. A sort of breakthrough came once he "stopped trying." That was when he noticed a natural, internal dialogue that gave him a new way of looking at what prayer is. Walker's discovery about prayer illustrates a pattern that variously recurs as he takes up other topics. Letting go the traditional church preoccupation with doctrine about Jesus, Walker continues to find in himself a deep love for the man and his message.
This is a wonderful, dare I say, pastoral book for honest searchers. More than that, it is an invitation to conversation on the search for faith, God or whatever it is that impresses us with the notion that life is about something beyond ourselves. Walker longs for community that consists of "people truly open to each other and welcoming of newcomers." For those prepared to let go the rigid boundaries of church, Walker's book may serve as a guide for rediscovering "church" as precisely that kind of open community. Searching, dialogue, openness, welcome, community: these qualities describe an "edge" that many will recognize as central to their spiritual needs.
A Contemporary Christian View Mar 7, 2007
Here is a book that presents a true agnosticism, not a trite apology for an indifference to the question of God (as so many modern agnostic expressions are) but an enquiry that is engaging and transforming. Walker's personal testimony confronts contemporary Christianity and finds much of it wanting. His response, however, is not to give up on the Christian search for meaning but to seek to find a continuing value in the process, regardless of how difficult or uncomfortable the journey may be.
Walker doesn't operate at the margins of faith, he considers the big issues; the meaning of life; the existence of God; the nature of Jesus and the authority of the Bible among them. The vision he articulates, whilst remaining personal is, I suspect, just about the only position that any thinking twenty-first century Christian could arrive at. We must seek God in the elusive moments of transcendence that occasionally overtake us, not in ancient mythology or the expectation of miracle. We must find Jesus in his message of love, compassion and social justice rather than in the theological embellishments of later centuries. And in the Bible we should find inspiration in the story of the search for God that an entire society embarked upon, not see it as some bizarre divine and unchanging ethical code.
I would contend that "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" represents almost the only future for Christianity that will allow it to remain relevant and purposeful. For that reason alone it deserves a wide readership, both in the Christian community and beyond.