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How to be a Bad Christian: .. and a Better Human Being
How to be a Bad Christian: .. and a Better Human Being
by Dave Tomlinson
Edition: Hardcover

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 25 Aug 2012
"How to be a Bad Christian - and a Better Human Being" is a rare book from an Anglican vicar. It is down-to-earth, funny and challenging. Tomlinson is more interested in people than doctrine, spirituality than religion, questioning than certainty and how we live than what we believe. The book is fully of anecdotes from his work in an inner city parish. Many of the stories are of his encounters with people who don't normally come to church, whom he meets in pubs after funerals, when people seek him out when in trouble and whom he bumps into in his everyday parish work. They are funny, poignant and moving. His thesis is that these ordinary people are often more "Christian" than those who sign up to a rigid set of beliefs and are regular church goers. He is interested in them as people, and not as recruits to his church.
The subtitles to the chapters say a lot, eg how to keep faith and ditch religion, how to find God without going near a church, how to think with your soul and how to make sense of suffering.
In this book Tomlinson comes across as a serious thinker, yet passionate about the life and teachings of Jesus. It is beautifully illustrated by artist Rob Pepper. As someone who has experience of rigid, stifling and sometimes judgemental churches, this book is a breath of fresh air, opening up a way of being a Christian without committing intellectual suicide, and and at the same time means living life to the full. It should appeal to disillusioned church goers, those who have drifted away from churches that either couldn't accept them because they didn't fit eg because of their sexuality, and those who have never been to church but hunger for a spiritual dimension to their lives.
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Re-enchanting Christianity
Re-enchanting Christianity
by Dave Tomlinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.89

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up, 7 Sep 2008
Dave Tomlinson's book The Post Evangelical was hugely influential, helping many Christians to face their doubts and find a pathway forward. Re-enchanting Christianity is a great follow-up. The first book perhaps represented Tomlinson's disenchantment. This new book offers a positive and vibrant message of hope. People may be less religious now, but they are as spiritual as ever. Tomlinson challenges the church to rise to this challenge and provide a place where spiritually hungry people can come with doubts and questions, feel accepted as they are, and become part of a community that is learning, growing, caring, and sharing in a journey of spiritual discovery.

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