SUBTITLE: Faith and doubt: A continual dynamic tension
SUMMARY: One of the vital questions we as human beings face is, How shall we live? What will shape and inform the way we live?
From a Christian perspective, faith in the trinitarian God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is at the heart of a meaningful life. But faith, by definition, is not formed from our usual construction of knowledge, and so there is a continual dynamic tension between faith and doubt. As Paul Tillich said, “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.”
A meaningful life of faith will necessitate repeated wrestlings with the enigmas of life and our attempts to find ways of living in the midst of them, without losing our faith.
In this book, Jaap Durand explores some of the main sources of our doubt and ways in which we try to address them. In the end he leads us to look and live with a sense of awesome wonder. He encourages us to continue living wholeheartedly and to die while entrusting our lives into the hands of the mysterious and wondrous God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who creates us, sustains us, completes us and from whom we can never be separated.
Foreword by David Hunter
- The fragility of faith
- The challenge of suffering
- Universal or limited salvation
Addendum: Does the Bible speak about eternal damnation and an eternal hell?
- Faith without borders
- The challenge of atheism
Addendum: Antony Flew – an atheist changes his mind
- In awesome wonder
Jaap Durand has been honoured in various ways for his books and contributions towards theology. His knowledge of theology and philosophy, together with his deep compassion for people and their questions on God and faith, prompted him to write this book.