Thoughtful Christianity: faith and action in the way of Jesus, by Ben Daniel

Thoughtful Christianiy resizedBen Daniel, a progressive Presbyterian minister from California, argues that the next revival might well be in the awakening in the intellect of Christians ready to enliven the life of the church and of broader society with a thoughtful faith.

Thoughtful Christianity provides a guide to Christian faith that honours tradition while embracing modern thought and valuing critical reflection. Daniel examines the extreme polarisation of Christianity in the last century and argues that Christians are in need of an awakening of the mind.

He suggests a way of life that includes commitment to education, high value placed on curiosity, and instruction from “those with the courage to be corrected.”

The book explores how science can inform faith, the marks of a thoughtful life, and some suggestions for living a thoughtful life. Daniel shows us how we can move forward, unbound by labels, to know and serve God better.

This book concludes a trilogy. His previous two tackled the subjects of asylum seekers and the truth about Islam, forcing the reader to avoid hiding behind the fig leaf of piety.

Richard Smith

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